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