Bengaluru, July 21: Nine letters in 45 days led to tears rolling down Karnataka Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy's cheeks. Siddaramaiah, who heads the coordination committee has been dashing off one letter after another, which led to Kumaraswamy not only crying, but also saying that he is drinking poison everyday to run the JD(S)-Congress coalition government.
In the last letter written by Siddaramaiah, he urged the CM to roll back the tax on fuel and also reduce the amount of rice distributed under PDS to families below the poverty line by 2 kgs.
The letters dashed off by Siddaramaiah have not only kept the JD(S) on tenterhooks, but also caused a great amount of discomfort within the Congress as well. Recently Siddaramaiah was inducted into the Congress Working Committee by Rahul Gandhi. Many saw this as a move to keep him busy in Delhi, rather than meddling in Karnataka.
From the day the government was formed in Karnataka, Siddaramaiah has spared no opportunity to show that he is the boss. Be it putting his foot down for a full-fledged budget or waiving off farm loans, he ensured that the JD(S) had to slog it out to have its way.
Siddaramaiah as the head of the coordination committee has to be consulted on every important policy decision and he has ensured that his former party did not have it easy. Kumaraswamy has on many occasions said that running the coalition is one of the toughest tasks.
So, the question now is why does Siddaramaiah write so many letters. It is clear that he has taken a leaf out of his mentor, Deve Gowda, who was a lot into letter writing when the Congress-JD(S) coalition headed by N Dharam Singh was in power.
Gowda would very often write letters to Singh and also ensure that the media knew about it, through selective leaks here and there. It was Gowda's way of showing that he is the boss.
In the case of Siddaramaiah, it is one way of showing that he still is the boss. It also is a way of telling people that he is very much relevant and it is not time to write his political obituary as yet. When the JD(S)-Congress formed the government, Siddaramaiah was not exactly thrilled about it. He knew he would have to deal with bosses of his former party with whom he had a bitter fall out several years back, before he joined the Congress.
Had Siddaramaiah had to have his way, he would have never ensured that this government was formed. However in this case, his hands were tied as it was the decision of the Congress high command to go in for an alliance only to keep the BJP out of power.
Over the past couple of weeks, Siddaramaiah has managed to remain in the news. Recently he was away for therapy, but managed to make news even then, when he was heard saying that he is not sure if this government in Karnataka would last.
With Siddaramaiah driving the government as the coordination committee chief, one could expect more such letter writing, which would keep the coalition on tenter-hooks.