With Congress being the larger party (78 seats) in the alliance while JD(S) has won fewer seats (37) and keeping the chief minister’s post, the former is likely to demand two-thirds of representation in the new government on the basis of proportion of MLAs.
The delay in ministry formation is not only a tussle over portfolios. It is also the ever-present Congress malaise: too many factions and too many claimants for too few posts. And Congress does have a long history of sidelining popular state leaders.
The bigger problem for Congress will be in selecting 22-23 ministers, even after it is able to sort out the differences over portfolio distribution with JD(S).
When asked Senior Leader of Congress Party, P Chidambaram said, “So what, Belgium did not have a government for 9 months. Italy has not had a government for several days now. Let it take 10-15 days, heavens are not going to fall”
So what, Belgium did not have a government for 9 months. Italy has not had a government for several days now. Let it take 10-15 days, heavens are not going to fall: P Chidambaram, Congress on the question that #Karnataka does not have a cabinet in place yet. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/Qq2jdpupTN
— ANI (@ANI) May 30, 2018
The delay in cabinet formation in Karnataka might further more impact the flood affected areas. Heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning wreaked havoc in Karnataka on Wednesday, compelling the state to shut down schools and colleges across coastal Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada district.
People of Karnataka await a fully functioning cabinet while farmers suffer and Mangaluru & other parts of the State reel under floods. Is this the Common Minimum Programme of opposition parties?
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) May 30, 2018
My thoughts are with all those affected by the incessant rain in #Mangaluru region. I pray for your safety and well being. Centre has assured all possible support in mitigating the situation due to heavy rains. I request the fishermen to not venture out in the sea. #CycloneMekunu
— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) May 29, 2018
— Bangalore Mirror (@BangaloreMirror) May 29, 2018
The Mangaluru and Udupi areas of Karnataka have so far been the worst affected by water logging and property loss. Local media has reported that at least 52 houses have been damaged by rain.
HM Shri @rajnathsingh has reviewed the situation in Mangaluru and other areas after the reports of heavy rains in coastal Karnataka. He has asked the Home Secretary to rush more NDRF teams to Mangaluru, if required. MHA is closely monitoring the situation in coastal Karnataka.
— गृहमंत्री कार्यालय, HMO India (@HMOIndia) May 29, 2018
CM of Karnataka will only take any action after instructions of 10JP
Meanwhile, #Mangaluru drowns bcoz of heavy rains. People of Karnataka are in big trouble but no help from Govt so far…
It's quite expected when you've elected a slave as ur CM…🤔 pic.twitter.com/HeAQQ3ISya
— Sanjib Ghosh 🇮🇳 সঞ্জীব (@sampadscales) May 29, 2018
— Ganesh Shenoy(Abhi) (@me_ganesh14) May 29, 2018
Civic bodies have taken the help of social media to advise commuters to avoid several places clogged with rainwater to avoid traffic jams. Ballalbagh, Padil, Jyothi, Mallikatte are some of the places which the motorists are being advised to avoid.