India, July 12 -- Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar has emerged as the Congress's main troubleshooter. He spoke to Hindustan Times about the coalition government's chances. Edited excerpts:

How do you plan to save the coalition government?

I do not know why the BJP is in such a big hurry. They have the entire country with them and only 3-4 states are not ruled by them. I do not know why they are so worried about the Congress. We are not able to understand that. We are trying to convince our [rebel] legislators. Despite whatever pulls and pressures they are facing, we are hopeful that they will come around. Defence minister Rajnath Singh said on the floor of the House that his party is in no way connected with Karnataka developments. But ...