Mysuru, August 2:- Trust not to trust our politicians. That they keep changing their colours like a chameleon is nothing new. They align with a particular party when they want and shelve it when they don’t want. Politics is a matter of convenience for most of the political parties and it is more glaring in Karnataka.
Soon after the Assembly results were out last year somewhere around April or so, Congress with 78 seats and Janata Dal (Secular) with 37 seats, despite ideological differences, struck a shoddy deal to form the government. More than the JD(S), Congress seemed to be in a hurry for obvious reasons. Not even a soul was ready to put the money on the coalition government to last long. That it survived for close to 14 months itself is a big achievement.
Sadly, no developmental works worth mentioning happened in the last one year. With fence-sitters on either side threatening to dislodge the government for various reasons, it was always going to be tough for Congress-JD(S) combine to stay afloat.
As things transpired, with 15 Congress and three JD(S) MLAs deciding to quit last month, the fall of the state government was imminent. Despite serious efforts from former minister D K Shivakumar to lure them back to the fold, it proved to be futile.
When Congress came to JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda with a proposal to form the government with H D Kumaraswamy at the helm, the veteran politician agreed to it, though reluctantly. In fact, according to sources, Kumaraswamy had advised his father against any sort of tie-up with the Congress. Given the political scenario prevailing then, the former chief minister had no choice but to fall in line.
No sooner the government fell, many senior Congress leaders went on record that their party should go alone in the by-elections to the Assembly whenever they are held. The common grouse is that the grand old party had to pay a heavy price for tying up with JD(S) during the Lok Sabha elections. For the record, Congress and JD(S) managed just one seat each.
Having learnt a bitter lesson, Gowda now feels his party should not align with Congress under any circumstances. The two parties have a coalition in Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) and Mysuru Zilla Panchayat. Congress nominees are at the helm of affairs in MCC and ZP. As per the agreement, Congress will have to allow a JD(S) candidate take over as mayor of MCC and the same thing applies to ZP also.
In the changing political scenario, if JD(S) decides to go with BJP, it could be a different scene in MCC and ZP. The move should not come as a surprise. After all, political adjustments are a matter of convenience. (MR/KS)