Bengaluru, Aug 7: The apparent fissures between the Congress and the JD(S) in Karnataka seem to have widened as the alliance partners have decided to fight the upcoming Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections separately. Also Read - No Need to Discuss, I Convey My Regards: Karnataka CM Doesn't Take Dig at Gowda Family Over Son's Wedding
While some leaders of both the parties wanted an alliance in the local body elections, the top leaderships decided to go it alone, seemingly in a bid to keep local workers happy. Also Read - Social Distancing, What's That? HD Kumaraswamy's Son Ties The Knot in VVIP Wedding Amid COVID-19 Lockdown | Photos And Videos Here
According to a News 18 report, the leadership in both the parties feels that local workers were not content with the hurriedly-stitched post-poll alliance and might work against each other or even shift their loyalty to the BJP in the opposition. Also Read - Wedding in The Times of COVID-19: Wedding of Kumaraswamy's Son Tomorrow; Only Family Members Invited
Also, they believe that the move would polarise the voters who may go against the ruling combine.
However, some leaders fear that the decision to fight the local body elections separately may widen the gap between the alliance partners.
Meanwhile, the BJP is also confident that the coalition government will collapse after the civic polls. The report cited party state president BS Yeddyurappa saying that the urban population would vote against the “unholy” alliance.
As many as 29 municipalities with 927 wards, 53 town municipalities with 1,247 wards and 23 town panchayats with 400 wards will go to polls on August 29. The remaining 105 local bodies will vote later.
Since its formation on May 23, the coalition government has been on a rocky road, confronting wrangling over portfolio allocation and presentation of budget.
Former chief minister and Chairman of the Congress-JD(S) coordination committee Siddaramaiah suggested that there was no need for a fresh full-fledged budget but Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy came up with a fresh budget, in his bid to fulfil the pre-poll promise of farm loan waiver.
Senior leaders of both parties expressing doubts about the longevity of the government and the emotional outburst of Kumaraswamy in June that he was “not happy” and was swallowing the pain like “Vishakantha” (Lord Shiva) had pointed towards strains in the coalition.