Coali­tion Dharma vi­o­la­tion in K’taka can be dis­as­trous: HDD

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Ben­galuru: JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda said on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 30 told that vi­o­la­tion of coali­tion dharma by any one of the part­ners would only spell dis­as­ter for the Con­gressJD(S) gov­ern­ment in Kar­nataka as it would ben­e­fit the com­mu­nal forces in the state.

“If any­body thinks he is su­pe­rior and thinks of dom­i­nat­ing the coali­tion part­ner, and also vi­o­lates the coali­tion dharma, that ul­ti­mately is go­ing to be dis­as­trous, be­cause it will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nal forces in Kar­nataka,” the for­mer prime min­is­ter told.

To keep the com­mu­nal forces at bay, he said, both the Congress and the Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar) were work­ing on a for­mula for the smooth func­tion­ing of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

Deve Gowda’s com­ments come in the wake of se­nior JD(S) leader Basavaraj Ho­ratti’s al­le­ga­tions that the Congress is vi­o­lat­ing coali­tion dharma and not al­low­ing Chief Min­is­ter HD Ku­maraswamy to func­tion in peace.

Re­ply­ing to a query, the JD(S) chief down­played Mr Ho­ratti’s com­ments that for­mer chief min­is­ter Sid­dara­ma­iah was dis­in­ter­ested in the smooth run­ning of the coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

“I don’t think Sid­dara­ma­iah has that in­ten­tion. Look, he was the chief min­is­ter for five years, nat­u­rally he would like his pro­grammes to be im­ple­mented and some may have reser­va­tions over it. All this hap­pens in a demo­cratic set-up and also in all par­ties,” he said.

Deve Gowda said the al­liance would help both the Congress and the JD(S) per­form well in Kar­nataka in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, com­pared to the TDP-Congress al­liance in Te­lan­gana, where both the par­ties were routed in the re­cently-held As­sem­bly elec­tion. The Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi (TRS), led by K Chan­drashekar Rao (KCR), which had fought the elec­toral bat­tle alone, had emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

“The TRS won the elec­tion be­cause of schemes which ben­e­fit­ted the farm­ers, who voted for KCR. Like­wise, Ku­maraswamy, the Kar­nataka Chief Min­is­ter, is do­ing good work to pull out farm­ers from dis­tress by way of loan waiver. I am hope­ful that the JD(S) would do well in the Lok Sabha elec­tion,” he said.

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