New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi is meeting former prime minister and JD(S) leader H D Deve Gowda in Delhi on Wednesday on the issue of seat-sharing in Karnataka for the coming Lok Sabha elections.
Earlier, Deve Gowda had said that his party would not ask the Congress for 12 seats out of the 28 in Karnataka so that the coalition government in the state in continues to function without any problem. (Also read: ‘Ready to Fight Unholy Alliance of Cong-BJP’)
“Being the JD(S) head, I will not give a chance for the coalition government in Karnataka to face any danger,” he said, referring to the seat-sharing formula which remains unresolved between the two parties.
The alliance partners have been quibbling ever since they took charge of Karnataka last year after getting together to keep the BJP, which had emerged as the single largest party, out of the picture.
Meanwhile, the Congress hasn’t had it easy lately with party MLA Dr Umesh Jadhav resigning and senior party leader Siddaramaiah claiming he fell to ‘Operation Lotus’.
The term was coined in 2008 when the BJP allegedly engineered defections of Opposition legislators to ensure that BS Yeddyurappa government remained stable.
A leading daily said that a formal announcement on Jadhav being propped as the BJP candidate from Kalaburagi constituency could be expected to be made when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Kalaburgi today.
While on Karnataka politics, BJP state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa has gone ahead and put his foot in mouth by claiming that India’s pre-emptive strike at JeM camp in Balakot would win his party at least 22 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats.
Later, he claimed he was being quoted “out of context” and tweeted, “I said that ‘the situation favourable for BJP’ which I am saying for the last couple of months. This is not the first time that I said the BJP in Karnataka will win a minimum of 22 seats under the able leadership of Modi ji.”
Just before that, he had been rebuked by Union Minister VK Singh. “@BSYBJP ji, I beg to differ. We stand as one nation, action taken by our government is to safeguard our nation & ensure safety of our citizens, not to win a few extra seats,” the former Army chief had tweeted.