In fact, majority of the Congress legislators are already upset with chief minister’s style of functioning. And, now they do not want to spoil their chances of winning when they go to polls, next year.

 

Siddaramaiah may have roots in Janata Parivar and believe that joining hands with JD(S) would strengthen the secular parties to fight the ‘communal’ BJP. But that would be a bad idea, believe many legislators. It is learnt that many of them have conveyed their apprehensions to the High Command.

 

Instead of pre-poll alliance, Congress would gain more if the party opts for post-poll alliance with JD(S), argue leaders. “It is nothing but accepting defeat even before the war,” said a source.

 

"He wants to take on BJP by forging alliance with JD(S), but few of our leaders are not happy with this decision as we will have to sacrifice over 100 Assembly seats. If we announce alliance first, it would mean the party is accepting defeat. Over 50 per cent of MLAs in Congress want to fight elections on their own and then forge an alliance – post elections – if required," said a source.

 

Dinesh Gundu Rao, Congress Working President, Karnataka too echoed similar sentiments. There is no need for any pre-poll alliance with JD(S) as the Congress can take on communal BJP on its own. "There has never been any discussion on such a move so far. The party will also not have any post-poll alliance either," said Rao.