Tuesday, 25 September 2018

More Political Drama In Store In Karnataka?

The political environment in Karnataka continues to be on the boil. This time around, a war of words between the leaders of the JD(S) and the BJP resulted in a clash between the followers of the two parties.  

As it is, Karnataka politics has been through a very tense last seven days with rebellion brewing within the Congress and some of its leaders threatening to break away.

And even as that episode seemed to just die down, the political environment was again ignited by a series verbal clash between the Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy and Opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa of the BJP.

The war of words began soon after Yeddyurappa was given the responsibility by the state BJP of taking appropriate steps to form a government in the state in case the present JD(S)-Congress government topples over. After that meeting, Yeddyurappa said that his party was in a well position and is planning to launch an ‘army style’ operation to poach Congress and JD(S) MLAs to pull down the state government. 

This was the spark that triggered the verbal war.

Kumaraswamy retaliated to Yeddyurappa’s comments by saying that there would be serious consequences if the BJP leader did not ‘watch his words’ and ‘act his age’.

He was quoted in the media as saying: “The BJP and Yeddyurappa have crossed all limits. They are telling some of our MLAs that they will take them to resorts in Mumbai and Pune and bring them back to Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru for a floor test. What is this?” 

He also accused Yeddyurappa and his party men of allegedly “provoking” him and his party men. He again reiterated what he had said earlier of BJP’s action – that it was using trickery and money to trigger mass defections of MLAs from the Congress and the JD(S) and form its own government. 

This was followed by a personal attack by Yeddyurappa on Kumaraswamy calling him the most “corrupt” Chief Minister and that money making runs in his family. He further issued a warning against Kumaraswamy that if the state government attempted to take action against him, the chief minister would have to face "retaliatory action by the centre".

He told the media: "Kumaraswamy should not forget that it's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government at the centre and if he takes any action, we know how to retaliate." 

Later Kumaraswamy threatened the BJP that he would be forced to urge the “public” to rise against the “unconstitutional” methods to topple his government being adopted by the BJP.  

This war of words percolated down to the workers of both the BJP and the JD(S). When a group of JD(S) workers gathered outside of the residence of Yeddyurappa to protest against his threat, there was clash with BJP workers. The police had to intervene and lathicharge to disperse the clashing party workers. Several arrests from both sides were made. 

State BJP leaders also filed a written complaint with the Governor of the state Vajubhai Vala, and alleged that Kumaraswamy was inciting people to go on a rampage.

The developments, allegations and counter allegations by the ruling party and the BJP - as has been evident in the last two days, is assurance enough that the political temperature in Karnataka would remain high and there is more drama is potentially to unfold in the near future
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