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Karnataka coalition crisis: CM Kumaraswamy’s imminent exit likely to impact Congress-JDS alliance in BBMP

The Karnataka coalition that is likely to sink anytime with many legislators withdrawing their support to the HD Kumaraswamy government, it will be a huge blow for the BBMP ruling coalition too as JDS-Congress rule will receive a body blow in September

Karnataka coalition crisis CM Kumaraswamys imminent exit likely to impact Congress JDS BBMP
Bengaluru, First Published Jul 11, 2019, 12:59 PM IST

Bengaluru: With Bengaluru legislators, Munirathna Naidu, ST Somashekhar, Byrathi Basavaraj and Gopalaiah resigning and likely to withdraw their support to the HD Kumaraswamy government, the Congress-JD(S) rule in Karnataka's richest municipal body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will also witness a collapse of the same combine.

Come September 28, when the new mayor will be chosen by the elected 198 Bengaluru corporators, BJP's senior leaders Padmanabha Reddy, Umesh Shetty or former deputy mayor L Srinivas is likely to gain from the number game.

At present, BJP has 101 corporators. The BJP also has support from independent corporators N Ramesh,  Mamatha Sharavana , JD(S) corporator Manjaula Narayanswamy and  Devadas as they also have expressed their willingness to support the BJP in BBMP.

The troika of Somashekhar, Basavaraj and Naidu of Bengaluru who were instrumental in the formation JD(S) and Congress coalition in the BBMP in 2015 by roping in support of seven independents, MPs and MLAs from Bengaluru, are almost out from the Congress and will soon join the BJP. The corporators in their respective wards are also likely to switch sides and support BJP's mayor candidate and deputy mayor candidate.

When asked about the same, the opposition party leader in the BBMP and senior BJP corporator, Padmanabha Reddy said, "I leave it to the party to decide. I have won for the fourth time from Kacharakanahalli and also hope the seniors take note of that."

Ruling party leader in BBMP concedes defeat in advance

Abdul Wajid, who was hopeful of completion of the five-year term of the Congress-JD(S) term in the BBMP, said the number game is on the BJP's side now as they have the advantage.

"We are ready to sit in the opposition in the BBMP if few MLAs and corporators switch sides. Ultimately what matters is the development of the BBMP wards,” he said.

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