JD(S)-Congress run Karnataka government but partymen not yet ready

At the grassroot level, workers of both the parties are yet to come to term with alliance.

Published: 23rd June 2018 05:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd June 2018 06:21 AM   |  A+A-

HD Kumaraswamy with Congress leader D K Shivakumar

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy with Congress leader D K Shivakumar. | PTI File Photo

Express News Service

MYSURU: JD(S)-Congress might have constituted co-ordination committee at top level to run the government but leaders and workers at the grassroot level are yet to come to term at many places.

The Congress that did badly in old Mysuru and lost the polls to JD(S) in majority of the seats is in no mood to give up their hopes to revive and strengthen the party and bounce back.

They also feel that the coalition government will not last long and there will be mid-term polls that will again set stage for a clash with traditional arch-rivals in Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan as the BJP has no strong presence in old Mysuru districts.

This is evident as the defeated Congress candidate K Venkatesh called party workers to take law into hands if JD(S) men tried to exhibit their muscle power.

In Periyapatna, Congress workers in Belthur village protested and pulled up JD(S) MLA K Mahadev from again performing earth breaking ceremony that was already performed by Congress MLA K Venkatesh in the previous government.

They also entered into a wordy duel and stopped him from relaunching development works sanctioned by the previous government. The cops had to intervene to defuse the tension.

However, MLA Mahadev performed Bhoomi puja and left the spot. In K R Nagar, JD(S) and Congress workers had clashed and picked a quarrel over the political rivalry.

The injured were hospitalised and leaders of both parties did not show any unity. Congress candidate Ravishankar who secured 93,500 votes and lost to JD(S) candidate Sa Ra Mahesh by 2,000 votes, said they cannot come to terms as there has been a divide between Congress and JD(S) workers for decades.

While Congress- JD(S) have come on board to form an alliance, they locked horns in the by-polls to Zilla Panchayat Hanagodu constituency where JD(S) candidate lost to Congress by 1,000 votes.

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