The Congress and JD(S) leaders have successfully concluded talks on coalition in BBMP and have decided to continue the Mayoral and Deputy Mayor posts status co. JD(S) has agreed not to press for Mayor’s post and settled for Deputy Mayor’s post and four standing committees. However, it has stated conditions like Congress should not resort to sabotaging powers of Standing Committees, stalling grants, should take JD(S) into confidence by holding monthly co-ordination meeting. If confusion prevails, it will be the end of coalition, warned JD(S) leaders to Congress, reports Kannada Prabha.
JD(S) Supremo, MP Kupendra Reddy, Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, MLA Gopalaiah and MLC TA Sharavana held a meeting at HSR Layout on Sunday. Ramalinga Reddy at the outset stated that Congress cannot give up Mayor’s post. At this, Kupendra Redy said that Congress can have the Mayor’s post but the the posts of Deputy Mayor and 5 Standing Committees should be with JD(S). Ramalinga Reddy argued that the support of independent candidates are equally important for winning Mayoral polls and hence they too need to be considered for posts. Hence of the 12 standing committees four would be shared between both the parties and four to be given to independent candidates and finally JD(S) would get the remaining four Standing Committees. JD(S) accepted the offer and also laid a condition that the funds for Deputy Mayor should be increased to Rs 150 crore. Ramalinga Reddy agreed to make it Rs 100 crore.
Deve Gowda clearly stated that the party would not tolerate curbing the power of Standing Committee, interference by the government, cutting grants and disrespecting members. Responding to this Ramalinga Reddy assured that he would take personal responsibility to see that nothing untoward would occur.
Later on, Deve Gowda called a meeting of the JD(S) corporators at his house in Padmanabha Nagar and briefed them. He said for the past two terms, Vokkaliga candidates have been given Deputy Mayor’s post and this time a non-Vokkaliga will be made Deputy Mayor. All the members unanimously agreed to it and decided to consult party state president HD Kumaraswamy after he is discharged from the hospital.