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Amidst tight security, elected representatives being conspicuous by their absence and protests by BJP, Tipu Jayanti celebrations were held across the state on Saturday.
JD-S is staying away from the state-sponsored event, as evident from the absence of its Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy's name in the official invitation.
Karnataka bypolls: Vote in favour of coalition government, says Congress; BJP to introspect reasons for its poor show
The BJP, however, rejected the coalition leaders claim that bypoll results will have an impact on the 2019 general elections.
Kumaraswamy said the power that he enjoys is by the grace of god and support of Congress MLAs and only they have the strength to take it back.
Despite a ban of six years, Mohammed, son of Shantinagar MLA N A Haris, continued to participate in Youth Congress protest and also brazenly lead it.
Meanwhile, the senior leaders have started making efforts to convince local leaders and grassroots-level workers on the need to fight the battle against BJP together.
Congress MLC C M Lingappa, who was seen as the rebel face of Congress in Ramanagara assembly constituency has been drafted into the campaign team of the party for Ballari Lok Sabha by-poll.
The party is also considering keeping one seat vacant as leverage against any dissent that could brew after the expansion.
The Congress has decided to take a call on expanding the state cabinet only after the first week of October.
After making way for heavy speculation with their impromptu trip to Tamil Nadu, MLAs of the Congress- Dr Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj returned to Bengaluru to defend the party.
The Congress leadership seems to have had enough of its legislators’ tantrums, especially as some MLAs’ impromptu trips are leading to more speculation.
The state Congress unit has been finding itself in an awkward position with the actions and statements of some of its ministers.
The BJP, however, accused the Congress leaders of 'unnecessarily' creating confusion and even demanded an apology from them.
Five of the 17 Congress ministers gave the meeting a miss, including Ramesh Jarkiholi, while MP D K Suresh was a surprise guest at the meeting.
For now, the Congress may have succeeded in painting a picture of all being well, analysts believe that the repercussions of the Belagavi PLD bank polls will be felt at a later stage.