Indicating "lack of trust" between the coalition partners, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil Kumaraswamy was purportedly seen in a video asking Janata Dal Secular or JDS workers to prepare themselves for the assembly elections. NDTV cannot independently verify the authenticity of the video.
In the video that was shared widely on social media, he is heard telling party workers that the elections may come anytime, be it next year or after two or three years.
"We need to start now only. We should not say we will do it later. We have to prepare from the next month onwards. We do not know when it (election) comes, next year, after two years or three years. JD(S) leaders should be ready," Nikhil Kumaraswamy says in the video.
Nikhil Kumaraswamy, who lost the recent Lok Sabha poll from Mandya to BJP-backed independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh in a fiercely fought contest, however, said there was no threat to the government and his father will complete the tenure.
"There is no problem to the government. It will complete (its tenure). You get tensed due to reports in media. It is not like that. We know what is there inside (the government). Kumaranna (Kumaraswamy) will run (the government) for the next four years too," he said.
The video of Nikhil Kumaraswamy speaking to JDS workers in Mandya two days ago was first shared by party worker Sunil Gowda Dandiganahalli.
Nikhil Kumaraswamy's statement comes close on the heels of A H Vishwanath's resignation as state JDS chief after owning "moral responsibility" for the party's debacle in the Lok Sabha polls and flaying the functioning of the coalition government.
The Congress is also in turmoil with miffed "sidelined" senior leaders openly slamming the party's state leadership over the poll debacle and functioning of the coalition.
The coalition partners could win only one seat each from Bengaluru Rural and Hassan, with BJP capturing 25 of the 28 seats in the state.