Karnataka crisis : Congress listens to Ramalinga Reddy grievances as BJP carries on poaching politics

Kharge, Image: ANI

Bengaluru, July 7 : As Congress is trying hard to resolve the current political turmoil in Karnataka that erupted after the resignation eleven MLAs sue to the poaching of MLAs by the Bharatiya Janata Party, whose sole aim is the form the government by coercive methods.

Kumaraswamy used term “Operation Kamala”for the poaching attempt by the BJP.

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Congress leader Siddaramaiah : This clearly shows that BJP is behind all these defections. It is Operation Kamala…Everything is fine. Don’t worry. Govt will survive, there is no threat to the govt.

Mallikarjun Kharge rejected rumors of him being made the Karnataka Chief Minister. When asked that there are talks that he could be made the Karnataka CM, Mallikarjun Kharge said, “I don’t know. I want this alliance govt to continue. We want that this should go on smoothly. These are all flimsy information being fed to the press just to divide us .”

Kharge said, ” Ramalinga Reddy Ji is a senior leader and a Congress man. For long he has been holding Congress’s fort in Bengaluru. Let us see what are his grievances and what we can do. ”

Congress leader Siddaramaiah said that the primary thing is leaders should be loyal to the party.

“I am in touch with 5-6 MLAs. I can’t reveal all details. Everybody is loyal to the party. It is not a question of a person being loyal to me. Everybody is expected to be loyal to the party,” Siddaramaiah said.

Ten Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying at Sofitel hotel in Mumbai. 11 Congress-JD(S) tendered their resignations on Saturday from their respective Assembly segments in the southern state.

“As Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar was not in the office, the eight legislators submitted their resignation letters in Kannada to his personal assistant,” Congress official said.

The five Congress MLAs who resigned are Pratapgauda Patil from Maski Assembly segment, B.C. Patil (Hirekerur), Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), Shivram Hebbar (Yellapur) and Mahesh Kumatahalli (Athani).

The three JD-S MLAs are A.H. Vishwanath (Hunsur), N. Narayana Gowda (K.R. Pete) and Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmim in Bengaluru northwest).

The 225-member Assembly, including one nominated, the Congress has 79 excluding the Speaker, JD-S 37 and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) 105.

Launching a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the political crisis orchestrated by the BJP leadership in Karnataka, the Congress party on Saturday coined acronym “MODI- Mischievously Orchestrated Defections in India”.

Speaking to media over the resignations of 11 MLAs, eight from Congress and three from JD(S) of the coalition government in the state, Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said, “A new symbol of horse trading politics has emerged in the country, MODI – Mischievously Orchestrated Defections in India.”

BJP leader DV Sadananda Gowda said, “Governor is the supreme authority, as per the constitutional mandate if he calls us, certainly we are ready to form the government. We are the single largest party, we have got 105 people with us.”

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