Bengaluru keen to topple Kumaraswamy’s four-week-old government

Bengaluru city’s political circles are full of speculations that moves are being made to bring down H D Kumaraswamy’s newly formed government before the presentation of the state budget on July 5.

Adding credibility to this proposition is a set of recent developments that have led to assumptions that the coalition government might be in trouble. The disaccord in Congress is showing no signs of subsiding.

It has been reported that displeased Congressmen are allegedly looking towards merging with BJP to bring down the government.

Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah, who leads the JD(S)-Congress coordination committee, is at a naturopathy retreat in the coastal town of Dharmasthala. Though he had said he was taking a total break and would not even take phone calls during this retreat, he has been holding regular meetings with close aides like S T Somashekar, Byrathi Suresh and N Muniratna. A video of him showcasing his strong disapproval of Kumaraswamy’s decision to present a fresh budget and opt for a total loan waiver has gone viral on social media.

On Monday, Yeddyurappa drove away quietly to the airport, presumably to keep his movements and whereabouts under wraps at a time of such tension in the state capital. Accompanying him was Basavaraj Bommai, a Lingayat leader, senior party MLA and son of former CM S R Bommai. After laying low for over a month, Yeddyurappa’s sudden trip to Ahmedabad has sparked sudden speculations in Bengaluru that he is “confident’’ of forming the government and is trying to seek Shah’s permission to go ahead. BJP sources have said that Shah has asked Yeddyurappa not to take any sudden decisions regarding the same.

Besides, Kumaraswamy on Monday changed his earlier statement to firmly say that he is not at the mercy of anybody, including Congress. “You (Congress) have not given me this seat in alms. You better mind it. I don’t care how long I will continue in office,” he said at a meeting of heads of cooperative banks to discuss loan waiver to farmers.

BJP sources have noted that the timing of Yeddyurappa’s visit has to be seen from the angle that the Karnataka legislature session starts from July 2 and the party can move a no-confidence motion against the Kumaraswamy government.
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