Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Thursday asserted that there was no threat to his Janata Dal(S)-Congress coalition Government from the opposition BJP’s move to topple it through an operation code-named Lotus-2.
Kumaraswamy, who visited the Tiruchendur Murugan temple in southern Tamil Nadu, told reporters :”Our Government is stable. It will last its full term”.
He was responding to questions about the reported , moves by Belagavi-based Jharkoli brothers to take 18 Congress MLAs to the BJP camp and thereby bring down the government.
Reports from Bengaluru says that Ramesh Jharkoli assured Kumaraswamy two weeks ago that there would be no threat to the Government from him and that their only demand is “to keep Minister D K Shivakumar out of Belagavi politics”
Karnataka PCC president Dinesh Gundurao has gone record that the Congress-JD(S) alliance is ready to counter the “nefarious design” of the BJP. “If they poach our MLAs, we will pay back to them in the same coin”. He has also said two BJP MLAs are in touch with the Congress and seven with the JD(S).
In the 224-member Assembly, elections were held for 222 seats. The JD(S) has 37, its ally the BSP One. The Congress has 78 members. The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with at tally of 104, was outsmarted by the post-poll coalition of Congress and the JD(S).
Though the BJP is only eight short of the halfway mark, it cannot bring down the government through piecemeal defection like 18 MLAs as they will be disqualified, more so as the Speaker is from the Congress. It needs one-third of Congress MLAs to constitute a split and for that, it needs at least 26 MLAs. The Jharkoli brothers influence is confined to Belagavi.
Former Chief Minister S Siddaramiah, who has taken up the issue with the Congress high command, is promising to disgruntled MLAs berths in the Cabinet and also sinecure posts in Government run corporations.