Exit polls trigger dissent within Congress threatening ruling Congress-JDS coalition

Karnataka State Congress senior leader Roshan Baig called former chief minister Siddaramaiah arrogant, state unit Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao a “flop show” and KC Venugopal “a buffoon.”

Speaking to the media he said, “KC Venugopal is a buffoon. I feel sorry for my leader Rahul Gandhi ji. Buffoons like Venugopal, the arrogant attitude of Siddaramaiah and the flop show of Gundu Rao…The result is this.”

Roshan Baig has been feeling sidelined for some time now. He had reportedly hoped for the Deputy Chief Minister’s post when the Congress-Janata Dal Secular government was formed after the assembly polls in May last year.

He added that he was upset as “No seats were given to Christians and only one seat was given to Muslims in Karnataka, they were ignored.”

Reacting to these comments Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said, “It is his individual opinion. What he has felt he has expressed. It is his personal stand. The Congress President, Dinesh Gundu Rao is going to analyse it.”

The state chief Dinesh Gundu Rao issued a show cause notice and seeked an explanation. “I think it is a sad reflection on a person like him to use such words. We will ask for an explanation from him. To speak like this in public, it shows complete lack of culture. Why is he talking after the exit poll? It is unbecoming of a politician of his stature to be speaking like this. It seems like pure political opportunism. We will take required action when the time is right,” Rao said.

The turmoil within the Congress would definitely pose a threat to the Congress-JDS coalition in the state. With more and more leaders voicing dissent the government seems to go weaker by the day, and this seems inevitable as the Exit polls already projected BJP in the lead. The BJP currently has 104 seats in the 224 seat Assembly where the halfway mark is 113.