New Delhi: Is all well with the JD (S) and BJP coalition partnership in Karnataka? Former chief minister Dharam Singh’s has sparked off speculation about the coalition government’s future by offering Congress support to JD(S).
Singh recently said a “political re-alignment” would take place in Karnataka and at the Centre after the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. “To prevent the BJP we have to become one in Karnataka. Any possibility may arise in the state now,” he said.
Chief Minister H Kumaraswamy, while speaking to CNN-IBN, refused to comment on Singh’s statement but didn't rule out a change in political alignment.
“Politics is not still water, it's constantly running. I can't say what changes will happen when. May be that's why Dharam Singh made that statement,” Kumaraswamy said.
Asked if he is willing to form a new alliance, Kumaraswamy said: “You must ask Mr Dharam Singh what he means by political realignment.”
Kumaraswamy has to transfer power to the BJP in October after completing a 20-month tenure—that is the agreement the two parties reached when they formed government in February 2006.
There is speculation that the political equation in the state would change before October. Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader B S Yediyurappa, who will take as Chief Minister in October, though has denied that the coalition is in trouble.
Yediyurappa said on Monday he would speak to JD(S) leader H D Devegowda and Kumaraswamy to remove misunderstandings.