Honeymoon over for coalition partners JD(S) and Congress in Karnataka
The gloves may not be off completely yet, but the shadow boxing between coalition partners JD(S) and Congress has seen escalation post the Lok Sabha elections. Collective experiences of both parties and their leaders, workers and supporters this election season seem to have taught coalition partners a lesson or two, ultimately leading to a change of status quo.
GT Devegowda’s admission of lack of coordination in Mysuru, Congress openly questioning JD(S)’ commitment to the coalition, HD Kumaraswamy’s agitation with the media, Congress’ refusal to take any action against its leaders from Mandya are just a few fallouts of the change in status quo.
That the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls holds the key to the coalition in Karnataka is common knowledge, but leaders of both parties believe that the process of working together in an election itself has made them introspect.