Without Shivakumar, Congress-JD(S) coalition would have been impossible
Shivakumar played an important role in forging the JD(S)-Congress alliance in Karnataka in 2018. Earlier this year, when the coalition was hit by a crisis after a spate of resignations, he pulled every trick in his book to ensure the rebel MLAs stay.
He even spent hours outside a Mumbai hotel only to be detained.
Subsequently, the government collapsed and BJP came to power.