Bengaluru: With the JDS-Congress government in Karnataka losing the trust vote a day ago, the future of the alliance is in the doldrums. Speaking on the future of the coalition, caretaker chief minister HD Kumaraswamy was non-committal on Wednesday when he said, “Congress leaders have not discussed those issues with us. They’re free, we’re also free. If the coalition works out, if they want, we’ll join hands with them. Otherwise, we will work by ourselves and strengthen our party on our own.” (Also read: ‘They Have Taken Lot of Our Time,’ SC to Dispose of MLAs’ Petition in Presence of Lawyers)
Just a day ago, Kumaraswamy had tendered his resignation after the alliance could notch only 99 votes while the BJP got 105.
Ahead of a meeting with his party officers, Kumaraswamy said, “Today we have called our MLAs to work out future strategies. Our top priority is to develop our party, to get the confidence of the people of Karnataka and how to move ahead at this juncture. We will discuss.”
When specifically asked about the continuing alliance, he said, “Let us see…I don’t know. I don’t know about the stand of Congress leaders for the future… we have not discussed anything yet.”
Later, addressing media, he said, “Today, I invited all my senior officers and thanked them. While I honoured them, I gave some suggestions – in future same kind of political developments will take place, instability of govt may continue even after the new government is invited by the Governor.”
The caretaker CM offered a word of advice to the officers and said, “I requested them that at that juncture their responsibility is more than elected representatives and our officers. I requested them to take care of the development of state and problems faced by the common man and not depend on elected representatives.”
Elaborating his government’s achievement, he said, “When I took the oath, my government decided to waive off farmer loans, we planned to bring in Debt Relief Act. I wanted to bring such an act and help landless labourers and small farmers. We sent the proposal to the President for approval. He has now signed it, I thank him.”
The JDS-Congress government fell after 15 MLAs resigned — 12 from the Congress and three from JD(S), and Independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh and withdrew support to the government.