The Congress won’t have any truck with the JD-S in Karnataka if the latter chooses to snap ties with the BJP. It would prefer to test its strength in the mid-term polls and not by hammering out a fragile majority in the House.
Publicly, however, the Congress has adopted a “wait and watch” policy, relishing the fact that the JD-S and BJP “stand exposed” over Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s failure to make way for the BJP nominee on October 3. A final decision on the Congress’s role will be taken after Sonia Gandhi returns from New York and confers with her senior colleagues. Meanwhile, the party’s gameplan appears to be to add to the political confusion in the state by refusing to spell out what it intends to do if the allies fall out.
“We are watching the situation closely,” said Prithviraj Chavan, AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka. “The Congress does not have a role to play at the moment in Karnataka,” said spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan, adding that issues of alliances are decided by the party high command. “Despite their tensions, the JDS-BJP agreement stands. Till they break up, we can’t say anything. Later, we’ll do whatever is in the interest of the state and people,’’ said B.K. Hari Prasad, AICC general secretary.