‘‘ The Congress-jd(s) al­liance is work­ing very well. We are go­ing to fight elec­tions to­gether. I am con­fi­dent we will do very well

Mint ST - - POLITICS -

Some of our MLAS who are up­set over dif­fer­ent rea­sons, which is nat­u­ral pol­i­tics, their dis­gruntle­ment has been ex­ploited (by) the BJP. Since the be­gin­ning, BJP has been try­ing to bring down this gov­ern­ment at any cost. To­day, we have said very clearly that this is a ₹200300 crore Op­er­a­tion Ka­mal, where MLAS are be­ing of­fered ₹10 crore of­fi­cially...they have been des­per­ately try­ing to bring this gov­ern­ment down...com­pletely anti-con­sti­tu­tional steps are be­ing taken. al­liance pol­i­tics, if they (Congress) can­not man­age Kar­nataka, how will they man­age the coun­try. This is the kind of mes­sag­ing they want to put out.

Your party has now said ac­tion will be taken against these erring MLAS. Is it a strat­egy to bring down the strength of the as­sem­bly?

We have to take ac­tion be­cause ul­ti­mately, if there is no dis­ci­pline, then how will a po­lit­i­cal party sur­vive? And what about other MLAS who will be notic­ing all this and if we don’t take ac­tion against these er­rant MLAS, then every­body else will also start im­i­tat­ing them.

Is the pass­ing of the bud­get a con­cern?

No, no. Bud­get is no con­cern, sta­bil­ity is no con­cern. We will come through (with) fly­ing colours, we are very con­fi­dent about ev­ery­thing. I am hope­ful that some out of these four MLAS against whom we are go­ing to move for anti-de­fec­tion, they will re­alise the mis­take they made fall­ing prey to BJP. Some of them ac­tu­ally now may re­con­sider and come back also. But the prob­lem in the al­liance has been there al­most since the be­gin­ning. Do you think it is dys­func­tional? What ac­cord­ing to you is the pain point?

Who­ever may be se­nior or ju­nior, party is more im­por­tant than any­body. No­body is big­ger than the party and all of them un­der­stand that. Un­der Rahul Gand­hiji’s lead­er­ship—he has good com­mu­ni­ca­tion with all the se­nior lead­ers—so, all of them have un­der­stood that how­ever big they may be, they know that party is more im­por­tant and they all have to work to­gether. Over­all, we are united and there is no big is­sue. Noth­ing which is wor­ry­ing or can cause con­cern. Within the party, more or less, we are all united and to­gether.

Do you think the trou­bles within the coali­tion has led to in­tra-party fights and fac­tion­al­ism?

Not much is there ex­cept two dis­tricts of Mandya and Has­san and to some ex­tent Mysore. Rest of Kar­nataka in re­main­ing 27 dis­tricts, there is no is­sue. Here (three dis­tricts) there is lot of fric­tion; so, we had a sep­a­rate meet­ing with them.

When is the seat-shar­ing for Lok Sabha ex­pected?

We will start af­ter 15 Fe­bru­ary, af­ter as­sem­bly ses­sion gets over.

But do you ex­pect JD(S) to play hard­ball?

We will both ul­ti­mately play hard­ball. My only prin­ci­ple will be who is in a bet­ter po­si­tion to win. We want more MPS. If Congress

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