14 June, 2021

The Pak Stops Here

The Pak Stops Here

Soon after Lok Sabha polls in Karnataka, the focus shifted back to the local tug-of-war that has punctuated state politics for nearly a year. Disgruntled Congress legislator from Belgaum, Ramesh Jarkiholi, set the ball rolling again by threatening to join the BJP. Two Congress-held seats have recently fallen vacant—Chincholi MLA Umesh Jadhav res­igned to run for Lok Sabha on a BJP ticket and Kundgol MLA C.S. Shivalli died in March. Including these two seats, the Congress-JD(S) coalition had 117 MLAs (inc­luding a BSP legislator) in the 224-member assembly. The bypolls to the two seats on May 19 will be yet another test of numbers for the coalition. The BJP, with 104 legislators, has been snapping at its heels—recall CM H.D. Kumaraswamy’s audio tape expose in February of the BJP’s B.S. Yeddyurappa allegedly luring a JD(S) legislator’s son with promises of money and a ministry. Last June, Yeddyurappa had given the coalition three months to collapse; now he says it will fall after the general elections. Leaders of the Congress-JD(S), which put...

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