Bengaluru, Nov 18 (PTI) Asserting that Congress wouldwin two-thirds of the 15 assembly seats going to bypolls onDecember 5, state party President Dinesh Gundu Rao on Mondayclaimed the outcome would not bring stability to the BJPgovernment in the state.
He also said the Congress was prepared to face a mid-term poll if the situation arose, adding none of the parties,however, wanted a snapp election to the assembly.
Rao claimed BJP would get only lesser number of seats inthe bypolls and the outcome would make the government instablewhile expressing confidence that Congress would win 10-12seats.
'You (BJP) destabilise a government and then you want toform a stable government, it is not going to be possible.
There will be no stability in this government,' he told PTI.
The Congress and JDS have accused the BJP of engineeringthe rebellion by 17 of their MLAs that led to the fall of thegovernment headed by H D Kumaraswamy in July.
The BJP, which came to power following the fall of theCongress-JDS coalition ministry, needs to win at least six ofthe 15 assembly seats in the bypolls, necessitated by thedisqualification of the 17 MLAs, to keep its majority in tact.
In a democracy, when no stable government can be formed,ultimately we will have to go back to the people. Let us seewhat happens after the bypoll results, how things works, whatall happens. There may be unforeseen developments like inMaharashtra, Rao added.
On possibilities of a mid-term election, he said:..nobody wants election, BJP does not want midterm poll,neither do Congress MLAs want, neither do JD(S) MLAs, no MLAswant midterm polls. If it happens it happens, and at that timeeverybody will have to face it, Rao said.
His comments come at a time when several leaders,including Congress Legislature Party Leader and former chiefminister Siddaramaiah, have been predicting the collapse of BS Yediyurappa government after the bypolls and the possibilityof mid-term elections to the assembly.
Rao also pointed to disgruntlement within the BJP overgiving party tickets to the disqualified Congress and JDSlegislators and said There is a split within the BJP also, soI dont see a stability coming about through this bypolls.' BJP has fielded 13 of the disqualified MLAs in thebyelections after 16 of them joined the party.
Asked about the role that the Congress might play ifthe government falls short of a majority, Rao said, letssee, I dont want to speculate, anything can happen. You haveseen what is happening in Maharashtra In politics nothing was impossible, except the Congressgoing with BJP. 'Thats impossible, he said breaking into alaugh.
On whether the option of joining hands with JD(S) againwas still open, he said I cant say anything now. I cantpredict, politics is the art of the possibles.' Congress and JD(S) ran the coalition government for 14months in a post-poll tie-up after the 2018 elections threw upa hung assembly. They continued the understanding for the LokSabha polls but both were routed by the BJP.
The two parties, which blamed each other for thecollapse of the government, have parted ways later and arecontesting the bypolls separately.
However, in what is being perceived as JD(S) softeningits stand on the BJP, JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda hasrecently said he wanted the Yediyurappa government to completeits term as it would give him time to build his party.
His son and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy toohad recently said JD(S) would not try to dislodge the BJPgovernment in the state.
Rao said defeating the disqualified MLAs was the mainagenda of the Congress in the bypolls as they had 'betrayed'the party despite being given importance and the rank and filefelt they needed to be taught a lesson.
By defeating them in turn we also want to defeat BJP,who engineered the defection by using undemocratic means, hesaid.
Of of 15 constituencies going to polls, 12 wererepresented by Congress and three by JD(S).
Agreeing that most of the disqualified legislatorswere the face of the Congress in the constituencies theyrepresented, Rao said, the clout they enjoyed was because theywere groomed by the party.
He claimed the sentiment of the public was against themthough they may have 'money power' and votes that they gotfrom Congress supporters last time may not get transferred toBJP, their current party, as they could not give a properreason for quitting the party.
He also maintained that the disqualified MLAs were notliked by everyone in the BJP.
Rao rejected reports of dissidence within the Congresssaying there may be difference of opinion on some issuesthats all.
I dont see any big complication. we have helddiscussion with leaders like K H Muniyappa and B K Hariprasadon issues. We are a democratic party and in democracy thereshould be decent, he said in response to a question.
At a recent party meeting, Muniyappa and Hariprasad hadhit out at Siddaramaiah and Rao accusing them of 'unilateralstyle of functioning' and accountability not being fixed forthe party's debacle in Lok Sabha polls. PTI KSUVS VS