Bengaluru: A day after the coalition government headed by him collapsed, outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy remained non-committal on the future of his party JD(S)' alliance with the Congress, saying both parties have not yet discussed it.
The 14-month old Congress-JDS coalition government headed by Kumaraswamy resigned on Tuesday, losing the vote of confidence in the assembly after a three-week long bitter jockeying for power.
"Today we have called our MLAs to work out future strategies. Our top priority is to develop our party, to get the confidence of the people of Karnataka and how to move ahead at this juncture," Kumaraswamy told reporters ahead of the JD(S) meeting at the party office here.
Responding to a question on continuing alliance with the Congress, he said, "Let us see. I don't know. I don't know about the stand of Congress leaders for the future. We have not discussed anything yet."
Earlier, reacting on the fallout, JD(S) supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda said, “The government lost the trust vote yesterday. We have no regret of having lost the coalition government. We are not accusing anyone, including the former Chief Minister & other senior ministers. The way in which things have happened in Karnataka, I have never seen in my political career. The way in which a national party, BJP leadership allowed this type of horse trading, I have never seen in my life.”
Deve Gowda further said, “There is no difference of opinion between the two parties, Congress & Janata Dal (Secular), one is a national party, another is a regional party.”
Congress and JD(S), considered arch rivals, especially in Mysuru region, had joined hands to form a coalition government after the May 2018 assembly polls threw up a hung verdict.
Both parties were routed in the recent Lok Sabha polls, winning just one seat each out of total 28 seats in the state, as grass-root level workers of both parties were not happy with the alliance.
Coalition worries and dissidence within had repeatedly threatened the government's stability and raised questions about its longevity.
The resignation of 15 MLAs -- 12 from the Congress and three from JD(S), and independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh withdrawing their support to the coalition government, compounded matters, pushing the government to the brink.
In the trial of legislative strength after the resignation of the MLAs, Kumaraswamy had garnered 99 votes against the 105by the opposition BJP, following which he resigned....