Congress wooing KJP to return to power at ZP

Incumbent president could be game changer at next meeting

Congress wooing KJP to return to power at ZP

The coming days may be a witness to significant political developments, with Congress working out a strategy to return to power at ZP with a zing with the help of KJP, giving a jolt to BJP- JD(S) alliance at the helm at local body. It has assumed significance with the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah hailing from the district.

Sources told Deccan Herald, the forthcoming general body meeting of ZP scheduled on June 18 could be crucial in this regard, with Congress making all efforts to bring no confidence motion against the president. More than that Yeddyurappa sulking against his previous party BJP to scuttle its growth further, is likely to give a push for the alliance.

In the 46 member ZP, Congress is the single largest party with 21 members, followed by 16 of JD(S), eight BJP members and one Independent. Madappa who had won as an Independent defeating sitting member and Congress candidate H C Basavaraju in the polls, has already joined Congress taking the numbers to 22. Of the eight members belonging to BJP, four have already identified with former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa founded Karnataka Janata Party (KJP). Interestingly, the incumbent ZP president Ka Pu Siddaveerappa (brother of Yeddyurappa’s personal assistant Ka Pu Siddalingaswamy who lost to Siddaramaiah at Varuna) is one among them, followed by Sindhuvalli M Kempanna, Chikkaranganayaka and Manjula Puttaswamy.

While another member of the same party (BJP), Lalitha G T Devegowda, wife of JD(S) MLA from Chamundeshwari G T Devegowda, is sure to switch loyalty to JD(S), BJP may be reduced to just two loyal members -- K Shivaram and Bhagyalakshmi.

The present BJP-JD(S) combine had forged an alliance for 20 months with Suneetha Veerappagowda of JD(S) elected as president for the first 10 months on February 12, 2011. K Shivaram of BJP was the vice-president. However, when Suneetha Veerappagowda refused to step down after 10 months, it had fuelled intense politics in both the camps. However, after seeing two acting presidents from July 2012 after the resignation of Suneetha, BJP claimed the president’s post and also succeeded in decorating it. Finally, Ka Pu Siddaveerappa became the president in October 2012, with M K Suchitra of JD(S) as vice-president.

A party requires the support of 24 members at least to make for a simple majority. Congress, which has already increased its strength to 22, is close to cobbling the support of four BJP members identified with KJP. This will improve its to 26, which sufficient to table no confidence motion. If it succeeds, the supporting KJP members may be feted with berths in standing committees.

It’s no more a secret that KJP has been surreptitiously supporting Congress, and it would be no surprise, if both come together to keep JD(S) at bay, at least in ZP.

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