Bengaluru: Ruling coalition partners in Karnataka JDS and Congress are facing little music of discomfort as the local leaders of JDS are not happy with the ‘Big brother’ attitude of its senior partner Congress. As per sources a group of local leaders met Party Supremo HD Deve Gowda and urged him to contest all 28 Lok Sabha seats in the upcoming 2019 General election.
It is important to note that the current coalition of both these parties are in agreements of fighting 2019 Lok Sabha together.
JDS Chief HD Deve Gowda who was attending the party preparatory meetings held in eight districts was conveyed the demands of local leaders. Meetings have taken place in Bengaluru, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Tumkur, Chikkamagaluru, Chitradurga, and Mysuru. According to sources some local leaders also expressed their anguish against the Congress and told HDD that they were not being treated appropriately and accused them of being disrespectful of towards their junior partner.
“Their behavior and conduct is like a ‘big brother’, and Congress leaders are not caring about our mutual agreements made during government formation. It is a clear violation of coalition politics. We are looking for only equal treatments nothing less than that,” said a source close to JDS.
Janata Dal-Secular spokesperson and Member of Legislative Council Ramesh Babu said, “Party workers and leaders are in the opinion that JDS should contest all 28 seats on a friendly basis in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.”
He also said, “Workers feel that it is better to contest in all 28 Parliamentary Constituencies in the state in the upcoming election.”
Both the parties are facing some difficulties in seat sharing especially in old Mysuru region and JDS is a strong force while Congress has a sitting Member of Parliament.
As per sources, JDS has demanded 12 MP seats from Congress in the state and there has been no response from them. JDS workers are already miffed up with the ‘big brother attitude’ and in the appointments of the head of boards and corporations, the issue seemed to deepen further. Hence the workers had suggested that since they are part of a coalition government, they could have friendly contests in all 28 seats, rather pulling up the blame game politics against the other.
The post-poll alliance in Karnataka between JDS and Congress had seen the fierce battle in the assembly polls and later after the result it was clear that no party has got the mandate to form the government on their own and Congress decided to extend support to JDS in forming the government in the state.