Congress-JDS Coalition Govt in Karnataka will not last long: Jagadish Shettar

Former Karnataka Chief Minister and BJP leader Jagdish Shettar on Thursday commented that the JDS-Congress coalition Government, which was sworn in yesterday, will not last long and it will face premature death.

Talking to UNI he said that Congress will never keep quiet and it has a desperate position as its number has reduced from 122 legislators to mere 78. And it might try its best to grab the absolute power from JDS.

He alleged that the present arrangement between Congress and JDS has been mere case of opportunism and done with ulterior motive just to keep away BJP from power though it emerged as single largest party by winning 104 legislators.

Mr Shettar said “It has been a marriage of convenience and not with an intention to rule the State for progress. The action is nothing but indulging in murder of democracy.”

He said that a party with only 37 legislators can lead the Government has nothing been a mimicry of democracy and the day when Mr. Kumarswamy assumed power as the Chief Minister of Karnataka dark day has pervaded the state of democracy.

Recalling that Mr Devegowda became Prime Minister with only 17 members in his party, Mr Shettar said that his Government did not last long and doomed a very short period. Kumarswamy Government also will witness similar position in the near future, he predicted.

The former Opposition leader in the Legislative Assembly came down heavily on the Congress for alleged illegal detention of Congress legislators in hotel and not allowing them even to contact their kith and kin..”It is nothing but the height of immorality. These legislators were not even made aware of the political growth during their stay there and now they will come to know of the real political status and will soon be disillusioned, “he observed.

Mr Shettar alleged that the previous Congress government has pushed the State under heavy debt and it runs into more than Rs 2 lakh Crore. Under such circumstances it would not be possible for the new Chief Minister to announce waiver of farm loans immediately and even in the near future.

He demanded Chief Minister Kumarswamy to announce loan waiver immediately if he has guts now. During the election campaign JDS had announced that it would waive all the loans of the farmers as soon as it came to power. But since it has joined hands with Congress this decision would not be possible, as it has to take consent of the allies before making any major decision as Congress has number strength.

Former BJP State President and Lok Sabha member Prahalad Joshi, in his reaction, expressed his doubts over the announcement of waiver of farm loans as promised by JDS during its election campaign. “If the Chief Minister failed to fulfill the promises made in JDS manifesto, it has to be concluded that JDs had no intention except to grab power by hook or crook”, he added.

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