Marriage of convenience? Seat sharing biggest challenge before Congress-JDS alliance

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Marriage of convenience? Seat sharing biggest challenge before Congress-JDS alliance

The Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress are having teething trouble to ensure a glitch-free swearing-in ceremony.  

The political drama in Karnataka has reached dizzying heights with the final preparations for the swearing-in ceremony underway.

However, till Monday, the details of who all will be a part of the swearing-in ceremony has remained a tight secret.

The Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress are having teething trouble to ensure a glitch-free swearing-in ceremony.

POWER TUSSLE WITHIN CONGRESS

The hectic parleys will take place in Bengaluru to arrive at a seat-sharing formula.
By noon, a 20:14 formula was floating with 20 posts for Congress and 14 for the JDS.

According to media reports, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda red-flagged the idea of having two deputy chief ministers as that would create two power centres.

Congress is anxious not to earn the ire or upset its own MLAs. Hence, a one-on-one meeting will be held with every lawmaker to ensure that his viewpoint is taken into account and nobody feels out.

As of now, no formula for seat sharing has been arrived at. Congress president Rahul Gandhi will take the final call on who all will be sworn-in on Wednesday.

THE FIRST CHALLENGE

The first and the major challenge in front is that Congress faces an uphill challenge to decide the cabinet portfolios and ministerial posts.

The leadership has to ensure that Congress is also represented in the swearing-in ceremony considering the fact that it has 78 seats and is a bigger partner in the JDS-Congress combine.

THE SECOND CHALLENGE

The second challenge will be to keep all its flock together and not upset MLAs before the floor test. There are two independent MLAs as well to take care off that adds to its anxiety.

THE THIRD CHALLENGE

The third challenge is to keep senior leaders like MB Patil, RV Deshpande, DK Shivakumar and Shamanur Shankarappa backed by Lingayat religious heads in good humour. All are probable for deputy chief minister's post, an idea flagged red by the JD(S).

KC Venugopal and few other senior leaders will meet JD(S) leadership in the evening to decide the break-up and sort the matter. The BJP has already called the alliance 'a marriage of convenience' and considering the fact that there is a power tussle amongst party MLAs to become ministers, everything is not that hunky-dory.

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