Congress plays JD(Ace) to trump BJP’s higher tally
Twenty-two years later, having gained 15% of seats within the Karnataka meeting, the same scenario has risen within the state – Gowda’s son and JD (S) state president HD Kumaraswamy is on the cusp of turning into the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka.
Such is the Gowda household luck that if Congress solely commits to giving outdoors help, of the 38 JD (S) MLAs, 33 will change into ministers within the subsequent authorities, together with Kumaraswamy as chief minister.
Over the previous twenty years, JD(S) has survived largely by being the kingmaker in state politics.
Whereas the occasion might have misplaced energy in 2008, and has been within the opposition for 10 years, it got here again into the reckoning within the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in 2015. In reality, the situation is just like the civic polls when the JD(S) joined arms with the Congress and ruined the BJP’s probabilities of forming the native authorities within the capital metropolis regardless of successful 101 of 198 seats. The JD(S) which acquired solely 14 seats even secured a deputy mayoral submit for 5 years.
Over the previous three months, whereas exuding confidence of coming to energy with an absolute majority, occasion sources declare JD(S) was secretly hoping to as a minimum change into a kingmaker. “The occasion was by no means going to transcend its bastion and some constituencies outdoors Outdated Mysuru area. Nevertheless, by coming to energy, the occasion is definitely going to get a morale booster to develop,” stated a celebration employee.
On Tuesday, the re-run of the BBMP elections seems to have captured the political narrative in Karnataka polls.
Purely on the premise of neighborhood backing, JD(S) consolidation of Vokkaliga votes in its bastion of 4 districts of Hassan, Mysuru, Ramanagara and Mandya propelled them to succeed in 30 seats. The opposite eight seats had been secured in the remainder of Karnataka. Whereas the favored mandate might have rested with BJP and Congress, JD(S) has change into a significant drive for the incumbent ruling occasion to thwart the BJP from coming to energy with solely 18% vote share.
Such is the luck of the JD(S), regardless of having misplaced three extra seats than they gained in 2013, the occasion acquired the golden alternative to steer the federal government. “The JD(S) has joined arms with the Congress within the curiosity of Karnataka’s land, water and language. Nothing extra,” stated JD(S) spokesperson and MLC Ramesh Babu.