Predicts political polarisation after Uttar Pradesh elections are held
BELLARY: Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly N. Dharam Singh is of the opinion that political polarisation will take place at the national and State levels after the Uttar Pradesh elections.
"Going by the political developments in the State, especially with problems between the coalition partners, the Janata Dal (S) and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the atmosphere appears to have been spoilt. The coalition partners are pulling in different directions on issues. JD(S) president H.D. Deve Gowda has realised it was a mistake to join hands with the BJP after ditching the Congress. One is not sure what will happen after October 3 (when the 20-month tenure of H.D. Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister ends). Whether there will be a change in government or elections are announced, let us wait and see," the former Chief Minister said, adding, "elections are welcome."
Mr. Singh, who was on his way to Sindhanur in Raichur district to participate in a function to felicitate the former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, spoke to presspersons here on Monday.
He expressed doubts about B.S. Yediyurappa donning the mantle of Chief Minister under the present circumstances with groupism among BJP leaders and lack of understanding between the coalition partners.
This indicated that the days of the present coalition government are numbered, he said.
He was cautious when asked whether the Congress would once again join hands with the JD(S) to form the government.
"Personally I may not agree after they (JD-S) stabbed me in the back, but I am a small man in the hierarchy. In politics there are possibilities and there must be flexibility too. The party high command will take a decision on the matter, based on the prevailing circumstances," he said.
Neer Manvi case
He criticised the Government for not handling the Neer Manvi incident, in which an eight-year-old boy died after falling into a borewell, in a proper manner.
According to him, senior officials should have sat together to chalk out a detailed rescue plan and instilled confidence among the people that the Government would do all it could to save the boy's life.