Karnataka Congress is considering dissolving of the Assembly by June to face elections six months later
- The idea was proposed by few ministers, leaders in Congress as Narendra Modi and Amit Shah will be engaged in Gujarat
- The Congress feels that the lack of unity in BJP and the recent by-election results will work in their favour
- According to rules, elections have to be conducted in Karnataka, early next year
Fear of BJP's Modi-Shah combination is likely to make Karnataka Congress face elections in December instead of in April next year. The main reason being the BJP top leaders will be busy promoting the party in Gujarat in December. The Congress wants to exploit the situation and put BJP in trouble. Sources said that in Gujarat, there is a revolt against the BJP from Patels who have been denied a reservation from Modi and his men.
Going by the recent by-election victory in Nanjungud and Gundelpet constituencies, and Gujarat Assembly election slated for December, the Karnataka Congress is contemplating to go for elections in the same month.
This idea was said to have been proposed by few ministers and leaders after the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. It is said that few leaders have tossed this idea before the Chief Minister stating that PM Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah on whose charm the party rides, will be busy in Gujarat as they are facing a tough time following a revolt from the Patel community.
"The agitation led by Hardik Patel, the young leader who demanded reservation for the community has wrecked the hopes of smooth victory for BJP in Gujarat. This will be a testing time for BJP there, and PM Modi and Amit Shah will be busy concentrating on Gujarat more than Karnataka. Apart from this factor, the recent victory to Congress in Karnataka by-election has boosted the confidence of the party that it can pull off a victory. CM Siddaramaiah is also said to have responded positively," said a source in the Siddaramaiah Cabinet.
However, Congress Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao has rubbished these claims and said that going for early elections is not feasible for the Congress. "We will complete the remaining one-year term and also the party will face an election without any collaboration," he said.
BJP spokesperson Prakash who is aware of the present situation in the Congress camp in Karnataka expressed confidence of his party coming out with flying colours. "It is not necessary for Modi-Shah combination to be present in Karnataka to win elections. BJP won four states out of five in the recent state assembly elections. Modi did not camp in all these states for weeks. Still, the party won. It is going to be the same here too. The BJP will win as Congress has done a flop show," he said.
This election is very important for the survival of the regional party JD(S). The party president HD Kumaraswamy is busy in touring north Karnataka where its presence is limited and extending its base in the north Karnataka will give some hope.
The JD(S) spokesperson said, this news of Congress going for election in November or December, this year is not new. "We also heard from our sources that, the Congress is preparing to face elections in November-December. We are also ready for the test. We will appeal the people to vote for us as both national parties are puppets of high command which are hungry for funds and donations from the people of the state," he said.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:33 PM IST