The opportunistic wedding between coalition partners — Congress and JD(S) — in Karnataka has led continued row over portfolio allocation, with finance being the major bone of contention, Now the Karnataka govt is proxy controlled by Congress high command Delhi.
After a three-hour meeting at Ghulam Nabi Azad’s residence in New Delhi, JF(S) chief and opportunistic CM of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy walked out for the second time wanting to consult his father and patriarch of JD(S) HD Deve Gowda and urged for the implementation of the popular model of Maharashtra coalition governments.
Kumaraswamy argued that Finance ministry was always with Junior partner in all coalition governments of Karnataka. During the Dharam Singh-led Congress-JD(S) government in 2004, the finance department was with then deputy CM Siddaramaiah, and in 2006 when Kumaraswamy was CM of the JD(S)-BJP coalition, the portfolio was with then deputy CM BS Yeddyurappa.
JD(S) is keen on keeping key portfolios, such as energy, water resources, and PWD, as HD Revanna, the CM’s brother wants PWD and energy. Congress leader DK Shivakumar, too, is said to be keen on the energy portfolio which he had held in the previous Siddaramaiah government.
“Congress wants all the key portfolios, leaving animal husbandry, labor, fisheries, youth services, women and child welfare to us. It is not fair and a decision will be taken after Congress leaders consult Rahul Gandhi, who is abroad,” Kumaraswamy said after the meeting.