Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. CPI national general secretary D. Raja is also seen.(PTI file)
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In recent news, a major political development is brewing in Karnataka, as the Janata Dal (Secular) or JDS, led by HD Kumaraswamy, is contemplating joining forces with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This potential alliance has sparked discussions and speculations regarding the future of the state’s political landscape. While JDS leader Kumaraswamy has launched a scathing attack on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of the Congress party, accusing him of diverting attention from pressing issues, JDS is gearing up to attend the scheduled National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting on July 18th. This article delves into the details surrounding this alliance and its potential implications.
The JDS, currently holding only one seat in the Lok Sabha from Karnataka, is seeking to secure at least seven Lok Sabha seats if it aligns with the BJP and becomes a part of the NDA. However, the party acknowledges the uncertainty of winning all seven seats, but their aspiration remains to obtain a substantial number of seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. HD Kumaraswamy, the leader of JDS, is hopeful that either a cabinet Union berth or the position of Karnataka’s leader of the opposition will be offered to him if the alliance materializes.
In an attempt to gain leverage, JDS has set its sights on securing a significant number of Lok Sabha seats. With the party’s weakened position following a defeat in the assembly elections, aligning with the BJP and becoming a part of the NDA for the Lok Sabha polls could prove beneficial for JDS. This move could potentially help JDS regain political ground and recover from their recent setback. The upcoming meeting on July 18th is expected to play a crucial role in determining the course of action for JDS.
The political dynamics in Karnataka have undergone significant shifts, particularly regarding JDS’s stance towards the BJP. It is noteworthy that both HD Kumaraswamy and H.D. Deve Gowda, who had vehemently expressed their aversion to any alliance with the BJP in the past, seem to have softened their stance after the assembly election defeat. Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had once criticized the BJP, accusing them of corruption and lack of progress under Prime Minister Modi’s leadership. However, the recent turn of events has seen Kumaraswamy supporting the BJP on the floor of the house and even accusing the Congress party of corruption. This serves as a reminder that in politics, alliances and sentiments can swiftly change.
Uncertainty and Formalization
While talks and negotiations between the high commands of both the BJP and JDS are underway, nothing has been formalized yet. Although discussions are progressing, it remains to be seen how the alliance will materialize. The days leading up to the official announcement will be crucial in determining the outcome of this potential political union. As of now, everything remains informal, with the final agreement pending formalization through written documentation.
For HD Kumaraswamy, securing a Union cabinet birth or a Rajya Sabha seat as a central minister would be a significant achievement. After the disappointment of the Karnataka assembly elections, where the JDS ended up in the opposition, Kumaraswamy sees the upcoming Lok Sabha polls as his last chance to regain political influence. The JDS leader had hoped for a fragmented mandate in the assembly elections, similar to what happened in 2018, which led to his assumption of power. However, the majority victory of the Congress party dashed those hopes. Now, Kumaraswamy is determined to secure as many Lok Sabha seats as possible, aiming for around five to seven seats.
The BJP’s Perspective
Entering into an alliance with the JDS is not a one-sided affair for the BJP. The party acknowledges that this partnership could be mutually beneficial. The significant disparity in vote shares, with the Congress party garnering 135 seats compared to the JDS’s 65 in the assembly elections, serves as a reminder that the BJP cannot afford to underestimate the importance of the JDS’s support. The upcoming Lok Sabha elections are crucial for both parties, as they represent the last opportunity for significant political gains in the next five years.
As Karnataka remains abuzz with political developments, the potential alliance between the JDS and the BJP has captured the attention of political observers. HD Kumaraswamy’s willingness to align with the BJP after a period of staunch opposition highlights the fluid nature of politics. With talks and negotiations currently underway, it remains to be seen how this alliance will shape the political landscape of Karnataka and impact the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. As the days unfold, it will become clearer whether the JDS and the BJP can solidify their relationship and move forward as political allies.