Leaders of the Congress and JDS —- including former chief minister Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy —- have since the Lok Sabha polls in the state engaged in sharp exchanges, highlighting the internal contradictions in the coalition.
The phrase was originally coined in 2016 by CM Kumaraswamy when he uttered “Nikhil ello kanthaella, ellidiyappa?,” (Nikhil, you can’t be seen, where are you?) during the launch of the music album for a movie titled ‘Jaguar’. The Kannada-Telugu bilingual film which marked Nikhil's debut in Sandalwood interestingly was produced by Kumaraswamy himself.
Ever since N. Mahesh, the lone Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) minister in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, resigned last October, several activists and education experts have sought for an urgent replacement.
Pointing out that coalition should have been formalised much earlier, Gowda said, " if the two parties could have combined their strength, there was no scope for the BJP to win even five seats out of 28 in Karnataka.
Talking to reporters in Hubballi, Kumaraswamy said, "We do not know anything about the air strike. We read only in the newspapers. You (Modi) did not give the complete information to the people of India about the air strikes."
During an election rally at Chikkodi, Modi ridiculed the Congress-JDS coalition government and said the Congress wanted a "helpless" government and told the voters to look at the "helpless" Kumaraswamy.
Whether it was the bonhomie of all Opposition leaders or political observers curious about the longevity of the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka, all eyes are on one man – HD Kumaraswamy. Here are 9 things to know about the new Karnataka Chief Minister, who took oath on Wednesday.