Karnataka Crisis: Shivakumar warns rebel MLAs

Expressing confidence that his colleagues would “come back and save the government,” Congress leader and party troubleshooter DK Shivakumar warned if the rebel MLAs vote against the confidence motion then they will lose their membership. Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah, today, held a meeting with MLAs at Taj Vivanta in Bengaluru .

He further said that the Congress is ready to settle their demands if any to save the Congress-JD(S) coalition.

Congress legislator MTB Nagaraj, one of the 16 coalition legislators who had resigned from the state assembly, had agreed to come back to the coalition fold after being coaxed by Congress leader Siddaramaiah and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. He later put a condition to his return – another rebel Sudhakar Rao will have to withdraw his resignation as well.

“I will request Kumaraswamy to resign immediately because more than 15 MLAs from JDS and Congress, and also two Independent ministers have resigned and they have reflected that they will support BJP,” Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bengaluru today, news agency ANI reported.

Congress lawmaker Muniratna met Congress rebel Ram Linga Reddy in Bengaluru today.

The Supreme Court on Friday said it should be status quo on the resignation or disqualification of 10 rebel coalition legislators – five others also approached the top court on Saturday. The Speaker, KR Ramesh Kumar, is also likely to take a call on those resignations by then.

If the resignations are accepted, the coalition’s 118 members will come down to 100 and the majority mark will drop from 113 to 105.

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