Bengaluru: Congress and JD(S) try to pacify rebels to save government

Monday, 08 Jul, 2019

"I appeal to our leaders and activists not to speak against the alliance government, Chief Minister or Deve Gowda".

The state's JD (S)-Congress government slumped into crisis following the resignation of 11 MLAs from the membership of the Assembly on Saturday. On one side Siddaramaiah wants to destabilise the government and on the other, Congress leader DK Shivakumar is working to save it, the BJP lawmaker from Dharwad in Karnataka said. He is playing all these games. "Beware of the quarrelling wind news that opponents are raising for the alliance", the Congress leader said in a tweet. "I'm confident MLAs will come back". I can't reveal all the details.

To questions on the future of the government, the Speaker said, "Let's wait and see, I have nothing to do with it".

Emerging out of the meetings, Kharge told reporters that the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was behind the revolt by the MLAs, as it was desperate to return to power even though it lacked majority in the Assembly.

The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government of Karnataka plunged into a crisis on Saturday after 12 MLAs of the ruling coalition handed their resignations to the assembly speaker in a new headache for the grand old party, which is still trying to recover from its heavy defeat in the general election and the resignation of its president Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress's state in charge, KC Venugopal, has been camping in Bengaluru and had met state party leaders at a private hotel.

JD (S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda said the ball was in the Speaker's court. According to sources, On Saturday night, Karnataka's government's chief troubleshooter DK Shivakumar had a meeting with senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy who has expressed desire to quit. Congress has 80 MLAs, the JD (S) has 37 MLAs and there is 1 BSP MLA.

"The government failed to coordinate with the MLAs.and take them along". It's very hard for us to face such situations time and again. "We have also called legislature meet this evening and will tell our MLAs to be with party and decisions", a senior JDS leader told ANI. He had earlier slammed the party leadership for neglecting the senior leaders and was against the partnership with JD (S).

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who is in transit from NY to Bengaluru, is understood to have been making efforts to reach out to the rebel MLAs and trying to convince them to reconsider their decision. The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House, where half-way mark is 113.

Munirathna, a two-time Congress MLA and former BBMP corporator, was among those who were vocal on the reasons for the resignation.

The MLAs who were seen at the Speaker's office are Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), Pratap Gowda Patil (Maski), Shivram Hebbar (Yellapur), Mahesh Kumathalli (Athani), B C Patil (Hirekerur), Byratibasavaraj (K R Puram), S T Soma Shekar (Yashwanthpur) and Ramalinga Reddy (BTM Layout) of the Congress.

The dissident MLAs have reached Mumbai and are staying in Mumbai's Sofitel Hotel.