"Don't Know": HD Kumaraswamy On Future Of Party's Alliance With Congress

Congress and JDS, considered arch rivals, especially in the Mysuru region, had joined hands to form a coalition government after the May 2018 assembly polls in Karnataka threw up a hung verdict.

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'Don't Know': HD Kumaraswamy On Future Of Party's Alliance With Congress

HD Kumaraswamy said: "I don't know about the stand of Congress leaders for the future." (File photo)


Bengaluru: 

A day after the coalition government headed by him collapsed, outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday remained non-committal on the future of his party Janata Dal Secular's (JDS) alliance with the Congress, saying both parties have not yet discussed it.

The 14-month old Congress-JDS coalition government headed by Mr Kumaraswamy resigned on Tuesday, losing the vote of confidence in the Karnataka assembly after a three-week long bitter jockeying for power.

"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," Mr Kumaraswamy told reporters ahead of the JDS meeting at the party office Bengaluru.

Responding to a question on continuing alliance with the Congress, 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."

JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda and H D Kumaraswamy, who is the JDS legislature party leader and party state unit chief, are part of the meeting with party legislators.

Congress and JDS, considered arch rivals, especially in the Mysuru region, had joined hands to form a coalition government after the May 2018 assembly polls in Karnataka threw up a hung verdict.

Both parties were routed in the recent Lok Sabha polls, winning just one seat each out of total 28 seats in the state.

Coalition worries and dissidence within had repeatedly threatened the government's stability and raised questions about its longevity.

The resignation of 15 lawmakers -- 12 from the Congress and three from the JDS, and independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh withdrawing their support to the coalition government, compounded matters, pushing the government to the brink.

In the trial of legislative strength after the resignation of the MLAs, Mr Kumaraswamy had garnered 99 votes against the 105 by the opposition BJP, following which he resigned.



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