Karnataka Assembly session begins today amid rumours of coalition tension

Political News, State, (Bengaluru), July 2:-The first full-fledged assembly session, after the H D Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) government came to power will begin here on Monday with Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala addressing the joint session amid rumours of tension in coalition government over various issues mainly farmer’s loan waiver and annual budget.

This will be for the third time the fifteenth assembly will be meeting after the assembly polls in May, which produced a fractured verdict with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the single largest party, but falling short of numbers to form the government.

In the first session on May 19, the three-day-old B S Yeddyurappa led BJP government resigned even before taking the floor test with numbers stacked up against it, while the second one on May 25 saw Kumaraswamy winning the vote of confidence.

The session is beginning on Monday against the backdrop of discordant notes emerging from the Congress and JDS even on the issue over several ministerial aspirants in both parties failing to make it to the cabinet.

On the other hand, the opposition BJP, which has termed the government as an “unholy alliance”, is all set to corner it on a host of issues, including the discord between the coalition partners affecting governance and delay in the implementation of the much hyped farm loan waiver that JD(S) had promised to implement within 24 hours of coming to power.

With the five member committee set up by the Congress-JD(S) coordination committee to draft a common minimum programme for the coalition government, ready with its report that includes crop loan waiver, the focus will be now on the budget to be presented on July 5, by Kumaraswamy, who also holds the finance portfolio.

Divergent views have been aired in public by some Congress and JDS leaders on several issues, including presentation of the budget.

Siddaramaiah, who held the finance portfolio in the previous government, had recently said there was no need for a fresh budget and insisted that a supplementary budget would do.

Adding to the coalition’s discomfort is the controversy over a video that purportedly showed coordination committee chairman and former CM Siddaramaiah’s remarks, questioning the need for a fresh budget and expressing scepticism over longevity of the government.

The video had surfaced on last Tuesday.

Prior to this, another video had emerged on last June 24, purportedly showing Siddaramaiah expressing displeasure to a few Congress MLAs over presentation of a fresh budget.

During the nine days long session that will end on July 12, it will also be interesting to see how Congress and JD(S), who had fought bitterly against each other during the polls, will try to put up a united front against the formidable opposition BJP with 104 members, in the 224 member assembly.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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