Bengaluru: With their parties putting together a post-poll alliance, Janata Dal (Secular) Chief Ministerial candidate, H.D. Kumaraswamy and senior Congress leader, D.K. Shivakumar, both prominent Vokkaliga leaders, appear to have called a truce.
Known as the snake and mongoose of state politics for years, the duo seem to have now become “bhai-bhai.” On Saturday, they shook hands and showed the victory sign after Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa anno-unced his resignation after just two days in office.
In fact, since the day that the Congress extended its support to the JD(S) with its 37 seats in a House of 222 , Mr Shivakumar has been involved in negotiating a post-poll alliance with it, and also personally supervising the shifting of both Congress and JD(S) legislators to resorts and hotels to check their poaching by the BJP.
But till last year, he often had spats in the Assembly with the JD(S) leader and they never spoke to each other outside it. When Mr Kumaraswamy tried to take control of Ramanagaram, Mr Shivakumar flexed his muscles to snub him. And the JD(S) leader held him responsible the defeat of his wife, Anita in Channapatna in the 2013 Assembly polls.
Despite his strained relations with Kumaraswamy, Mr Shivakumar remained respectful to his father and JD(S) supremo, Deve Gowda, even falling at his feet in full public view at a function organised by the Karnataka Vokkaliga Sangha.
The Congress leader finally broke the ice with Mr Kumaraswamy when he personally went to take his signature on a report on power purchase that was tabled in the legislature, although the JD(S) leader had lambasted him for the constitution of the legislature committee to probe the alleged irregularities in power purchase during the BJP-JDS coalition government.
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