Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara has expressed confidence that nothing would happen to the coalition government even after May 23 and it would complete its four-year term.
Mr. Parameshwara, who was in Hubballi on Saturday to attend a private function, told presspersons at the airport that the BJP leaders had been repeatedly saying that the government would fall after May 23 and a new government would be formed. But nothing of that sort would happen, he said.
The Deputy Chief Minister said the Congress would win in the byelection to Kundagol and Chincholi Assembly constituencies and the result of the parliamentary elections would not have any adverse impact on the coalition government in Karnataka.
On the participation of Congress leaders in a dinner party hosted by Mandya’s Independent candidate Sumalatha, Mr. Parameshwara said that KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao had sought a report on the development and a decision would be taken based on the findings in the report.
Expressing displeasure over the way the Election Commission (EC) was functioning, Mr. Parameshwara said that because of the EC guidelines, the government was not able to hold meetings on drought-relief works resulting in hardship to the people.
“We wrote to the EC seeking permission to hold official meetings on drought relief. However, it replied to us saying that we cannot hold meetings,” he said.