It had been a challenge for the two allies to keep their flock intact in face of intense pressure from the BJP, which the Congress says, stopped at nothing and even kept at least two Congress lawmakers, Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil, in illegal confinement. But the storm has blown over and HD Kumaraswamy will take over as chief minister on Wednesday.
Now is it time for the real test of unity?
"Yes it is a test because both of us are not natural allies," Dinesh Gundu Rao, the working president of the Karnataka Congress told NDTV, pointing that the two parties "have our differences".
But at the same time, he said, they also had a common ideological stand: "Not to allow a communal force".
"Hopefully, all of us will be able to work together well and do development for Karnataka and take on this politics that the BJP is imposing on the people of this country," he said about the alliance that some leaders in the two parties hope, would continue for the next five years and lay the foundation for another pact for next year's general elections too.
He prophesied that "such a government will not last long in the state" and asked people to "just wait for one year".
JDS leader Danish Ali, however, does not see the alliance running into trouble and feels that it would have a positive impact on opposition unity far beyond Karnataka. "We have all decided to keep our small differences... misunderstandings aside and work together for the larger good," he said.
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