The Congress high command wants no threats to the JD(S)-Congress coalition government, from outside or within.
Though the party leadership have gone all out to quell the rebellion, pacifying irate leaders such as M B Patil and Satish Jarkiholi appears to be a herculean task for the party.
Ever since the formation of a Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka, memes have been flowing thick and fast in social media platforms.
While a Congress-JD(S) combine government was sworn in in Karnataka earlier in the day, JD(S) and its supporters stole the show on Wednesday evening.
Calling himself a "child of circumstances," Kumaraswamy said he decided to join hands with the Congress on the advice of several political leaders in the "national interest."
One of the common theme in statements issued by various political leaders, including the CMs of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, was strengthening regional parties.
Though the chief minister will have no trouble passing the floor test, with 117 lawmakers on his side, the challenge for the coalition and Kumaraswamy will start with the sharing of portfolios.
“I did not enter mainstream politics to become just an MLA, MLC or minister. I have always longed for the top post, and will get it one day,” Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Preside
Kumaraswamy to be inducted as Karnataka CM at 4.30 pm today, Congress gets 21 posts and JD(S) gets 12
After a brain storming discussion with Mr Kumaraswamy, AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal said in all 33 ministers will accommodated with Congress getting 21 posts and JD(S) 12.
Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati at her residence here and invited her for his oath ceremony scheduled to take place on May 23 in Bengaluru.
The real unity of the coalition will be put to test on the day H D Kumaraswamy takes the floor test to prove majority in the house.
Leaders of the Congress acknowledge that they have probably given the JD(S) more power than it could have ever imagined but for now, all its energy is channelised at keeping the BJP at bay.
JD(S) is expected to have the lion’s share of cabinet berths in its coalition government with the Congress.
Soon after this development, Kumaraswamy met Governor Vajubhai Vala, who invited him to form the government and gave him 15 days time to prove majority on the floor of the House.
While, BJP’s image has taken a beating after recent political drama in Karnataka, Cong’s success could help its cause in wooing more regional parties ahead of 2019 LS polls.
Experts believe that the coalition will be a game changer - especially in terms of national politics.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Yeddyurappa and two other BJP MLAs, told the court that Yeddyurappa had written to the governor on May 15 claiming majority.
Jubilant mood among party workers gathered outside some of the counting centres swung the BJP’s way in the early part of the day and then to the Congress and the JD(S) in the second part.
After the JD(S) state chief entered Raj Bhavan, Congress leaders too arrived to meet the Governor.