Karnataka Congress Sends Notice To Missing MLAs

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Congress workers celebrate the party’s performance in the polls conducted for 105 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across Karnataka, outside a counting center in Mysuru on Sept 3, 2018. (Photo: IANS)

A day after the Congress moved 76 of its 80 Karnataka lawmakers to a resort in Bengaluru amid fears of poaching by the opposition BJP to topple the coalition government in the state, the party has served a show cause notice to two of the four MLAs who did not turn up for the Congress Legislature Party or CLP meet on Friday.The BJP MLAs are currently staying at a luxury hotel in Gurugram and state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa asked his legislators to return to Bengaluru.

The notice has been sent to rebel Congress lawmakers Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumatahalli, asking why action should not be taken against them.

“The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meet was held at Eagleton Resort. The meet discussed present political situation, drought situation and issues regarding Budget proposals,” the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) said in a statement.

The legislators were shifted to the private resort on the city outskirts on Friday night after a CLP meeting was chaired by CLP leader Siddaramaiah at the state legislature building Vidhana Soudha, as a show of legislators’ strength.

The Congress party over the past week has been accusing the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of allegedly poaching its legislators.

Karnataka Congress in-charge K.C. Venugopal will interact with the party legislators on Sunday, state unit President Dinesh Gundu Rao tweeted.

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