Existential crisis

Print edition : June 21, 2019

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah (centre), Congress general secretary K.C. Venugopal (left) and Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara at the Karnataka Congress Legislature Party meeting in Bengaluru on May 29. Photo: PTI

JD(S) supremo and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda (extreme left) , State party president Vishwanath and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy (right) during a meeting of the JD(S) Legislature Party in Bengaluru on May 24. Photo: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders during the Vijay Sankalp rally in Chitradurga on April 9. Photo: Sudhakara Jain

JD(S) and Congress workers clashing near a stone quarry unit at Sheelanere in K.R. Pet taluk of Mandya district on December 14, 2018. The JD (S) workers were resisting the visit of a Congress team led by former legislator K.B. Chandrashekar to inspect alleged illegalities at the quarry, owned by a JD (S) leader. Photo: THE HINDU

Successive electoral setbacks of the Congress in Karnataka, where it is a junior partner in the coalition government with the JD(S), show that the party is facing an identity crisis.
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