Demand for separate North Karnataka state puts JD(S)-Congress in crisis, BJP enjoys the sweet spot

BENGALURU: Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is battling the principle predominant political disaster of his two-month-passe coalition regime with the refrain for a separate North Karnataka disclose picking up.
Leaders from the set up, consisting of 13 districts, are planning a bandh on August 2 to press their ask, unheard of to BJP’s pride.
As a prelude, sections of spiritual mutt heads from the north Karnataka set up are assembly on Tuesday, and preserving a dharna in entrance of Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi, alongside with other leaders for separate statehood. A seer from a north Karnataka mutt is leading the advertising campaign, and the ruling JD(S) and the Congress parties bear stood for a unified disclose.
The opposition BJP, though formally now no longer endorsing requires for splitting the disclose, is rejoicing the disaster, and is doing diminutive to douse the fireplace. It would possibly maybe maybe as an alternate cherish to toughen the opinion within the minds of north Karnataka voters that the ruling coalition has been unfair to their set up by components of budgetary allocation or sharing of political energy. Such a advertising campaign could maybe handiest serve the BJP within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, analysts thunder.
The BJP has sought to lob the blame at the doorstep of chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, accusing him of hurting the sentiments of the oldsters of north Karnataka with his contemporary statements. “You are treating folks of north Karnataka as step children,” disclose BJP president BS Yeddyurappa stated in an announcement. In the preliminary weeks of his rule, when the north Karnataka leaders came up with requires on farm loan waiver, the CM had hit help announcing they’d now no longer voted for his celebration.
The sensation that the ruling parties had been ignoring north Karnataka started soon after the JD(S)-Congress assumed energy. Sections of leaders from the set up belief that unquestionably one of them would be made deputy CM. That used to be now to no longer be. In an interview to ET closing month, 5-time Congress MLA MB Patil had stated folks in north Karnataka felt alienated as all distinguished positions from CM to deputy CM to Pradesh Congress president to legislature celebration leader had been appropriated by folks from the Extinct Mysuru set up. This, despite North Karnataka being dwelling to fifty four% of Karnataka’s inhabitants, he had stated.
Soon after the CM supplied the coalition authorities’s first Price range, one other senior Congress leader HK Patil wrote to his celebration leaders insisting that the funds delivered a raw deal to north Karnataka.
The BJP is furious, and spares no alternative to lambast the JD(S) and the Congress for walking away with energy, though it emerged as the single absolute top celebration with 104 seats – nine in need of a easy majority. The Congress, on the opposite hand, came 2d with seventy nine seats and the JD(S) third with 37 seats. The BJP did thoroughly within the Mumbai-Karnataka set up, and it’s a long way fully doable if the celebration obtained an impact that if the disclose had been to be divided, the BJP will invent the authorities in north Karnataka given its dominance there, and JD(S) celebration’s reach absence.
In step with political analyst S Mahadeva Prakash, if the creep picks up in north Karnataka, this will probably serve the BJP and hurt Congress celebration’s potentialities which capacity that of it’s a long way piece of the authorities. The JD(S) is now no longer going to lose unheard of which capacity that of it’s a long way anyway now no longer solid in north Karnataka, and its statements in favour of passe Mysuru set up will bear already acquired many hearts in southern parts of the disclose.