Congress-JD(S) Coalition Prior to 2019 General Assembly Election
Karnataka Assembly election was one of the major hopes that BJP had for the upcoming 2019 general election. The voters made it difficult for the BJP to march towards the south Indian politics as it failed to form the majority to form the government. The recent Karnataka election was much more than just an election; it was a tussle for the survival of all most all the parties. However, the high drama came to an end when the SC has ordered a transparent floor test without interfering the working of the systems to prove the majority.
Yeddyurappa, who sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for just 55 hours, resigned as he couldn’t form the majority that was needed. Whereas the Congress-JD(S) coalition, as expected, was all set to form the government with the required majority. For the BJP, Karnataka was one of the major states in which the leadership dreamt of a “Congress Mukt Bharat” which ended up being “Bharat Mukt Bharat” as the poison of communal violence and hatred spewed all over the states during the election campaigns and rallies. While in Uttar Pradesh election, love jihad, cow slaughter, and Kabristan decided the votes and lawmakers, it was Tippu sultan, Jinnah, and other illegitimate issues in the state of Karnataka.
The objective of BJP seems to have failed as the Congress and the JD(S) made a coalition which was strong enough to abstain BJP, which emerged as the single largest party in the state, from power. so, if the Congress and JD(S) stay together till the 2019 elections, they would win over 21 seats of the 28 parliamentary seats from Karnataka itself. On the contrary if it would have been JDS and the BJP tying the knot of alliance, that would win them all 28 seats in the Lok Sabha as BJP base is strong in the north-central Lingayat belt and the coastal belt in the west; the JD(S) on the other hand is strong in the southern Vokkaliga belt.
Apparently, it is very difficult for the BJP to untie the knot of Congress-JD(S) alliance as both the parties are all set to form the government in Karnataka. But this has to be considered a game changer as both the Congress and the BJP have been looking forward to results as the power tussle was between them.