Infighting leaves Congress on shaky ground in Karnataka

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on September 17, 2018 Published on September 17, 2018

Rebellion led by Jarkiholi brothers

Infighting in the Congress in Karnataka has rattled the HD Kumaraswamy-led JDS-Congress coalition government in the State.

Karnataka Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar’s support for Lakshmi Hebbalkar, first-time MLA from the Belagavi district, triggered the infighting. Party members claim that the Minister is interfering in the Belagavi district politics.

The rebellion is led by Jarkiholi brothers — Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi and MLA Satish Jarkiholi.

The Jarkiholi brothers command respect and popularity among the Valmiki community (ST), and are also supporters of former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

The JDS-Congress coalition is blaming the saffron party for trying to poach their MLAs. Meanwhile, Jarkiholi brothers said, “The Jarkiholis should not be held responsible if the government falls.”

The party high command sent the AICC general secretary in charge of Karnataka, KC Venugopal, to douse the fire. Venugopal held talks with the party men and instructed Siddaramaiah to hold parleys with the brothers.

There are speculations the BJP approached a dozen MLAs to get them to resign so that the coalition loses its majority.

Published on September 17, 2018
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