The Congress, which is in a coalition with the Janata Dal Secular in Karnataka, has reacted to the resignation of N Mahesh from the post of minister of primary and secondary education. Mr Mahesh was the sole BSP MLA in the ruling coalition and the alliance was decided before the election, with party chief Mayawati actively campaigning for the JDS.
In the backdrop of fears that Mayawati was going cold on the alliance of opposition parties ahead of the 2019 elections, the ruling coalition in Karnataka has denied any such issue in the state.
Congress minister DK Shivakumar told NDTV, “This is very unfortunate. The alliance was done before the election. But they wanted to do the party work. I am sure still they will reconsider the decision. Mahesh is a very good worker and a very good leader. He is an asset for the state. We want him to be in the ministry again. “
The Congress, publicly at least, insists that there is no threat to the grand alliance of opposition parties that has been planned ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“We are positive. Kumari Mayawati was here during the oath taking ceremony of Kumaraswamy. I am sure she will not go back. The grand alliance will move forward,” Mr Shivakumar said.
On Thursday, Mr Mahesh said he would concentrate on the work in his constituency.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also said it was not about the alliance. “That is not the issue. Issue is different,” he said.
Last week, Mr Mahesh was critical of major parties when it came to caste politics. The ruling coalition would like to see his decision as related to internal politics of the BSP.