Dissent among Rebels could lead to fall of Coalition Government in Karnataka?

The Coalition Government in Karnataka is facing the trouble ahead of the passage of the crucial ‘Finance Bill’ – the first litmus test for the Congress-JD (S) coalition government.

35 legislators skip crucial CLP Meeting

The Congress in particular is facing internal rebellion for failing to accommodate some influential legislators to the cabinet. The CLP (Congress legislature party) meeting called today morning (11th July-2018) saw poor attendance. The meeting was called in view of the Chief Minister rendering his reply to the queries posed on the budget by several legislators.

Some of the influential MLA’s – including Satish Jarakiholi, MTB Nagaraj, MB Patil (who is the leader of rebels), Ramalinga Reddy, M.Krishnappa (all of them former ministers in the previous Congress government) did not attend the meeting called by the convenor of coalition and former Chief Minister Siddaramaih. More than half of the legislators were absent for the Congress Legislature Party meeting today. It is said that more than 35 legislators refrained from attending the CLP meeting ahead of the passage of the Finance bill tomorrow and discuss about the budget reply by the Chief Minister.

The legislators are also upset over the delay in allocating the chairmanship of Boards and Corporations.

Be Present in Assembly or face action: Dr.G.P.Parameshwar & Siddaramaih

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaih and Dy.Chief Minister in the coalition government Dr.G.Parameshwar have warned the legislators to be present in the assembly tomorrow to ensure enough numbers for the passage of the finance bill. The Rebels absenteeism could benefit the opposition and failure to pass the finance bill could be a huge setback for the Congress-JD (S) government.

Poor Budget

To make matters worse, the Budget presented by HD Kumaraswamy is said to be the worst one in recent times. Only South Karnataka is benefitted in the budget, which includes Mysuru, Ramanagara, Channapattna, Hassan which are the strongholds of the JD (S). Dakshina Kannada (Coastal Karnataka) places including Mangaluru, Kundapura, Udupi district, Karwar have not got anything as the BJP won in most of the constituencies.