In an indication of lack of trust between coalition partners the JD(S) and the Congress, a viral video purportedly showed Nikhil Kumaraswamy asking JD(S) workers to prepare themselves for assembly poll, saying one doesn't know when it would come.
Buoyed by the landslide win in the Lok Sabha polls in the state, the BJP, which is the single-largest party in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly with 105 MLAs, is eyeing to capture power amid reports of rift between the coalition partners.
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.
Nikhil, a 30-year-old actor, was unveiled as the candidate a day after the former PM announced the candidature of another grandson, Prajwal Revanna, 29, son of Karnataka PWD Minister H D Revanna, from Hassan constituency.
As the two parties now hold discussions to hammer out a seat-sharing agreement for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, JD(S) general secretary and convenor of the Congress-JD(S) coalition co-ordination committee, Kunwar Danish Ali, speaks on the progress of the talks
"We have forged an alliance (with JDS) for the Lok Sabha elections too, to keep BJP away from power. We have not discussed seat sharing (so far). Both parties will sit across the table to decide on the seats," said Parameshwara.
A section of the media reported that the coalition partners have struck an agreement by the virtue of which, leaders from both the parties shall be able to occupy the CM's designation in the state on a rotational period of thirty months each.