Karnatka, July 8 : Amid an ongoing political crisis that has hit the Congress- Janata Dal (Secular) government in Karnataka, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy met rebel Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy today to save his 13-month-old alliance government, hit by resignations of over a dozen Congress-JD(S) MLAs.
Karnataka Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan said, ” By today evening, at least 6-7 MLAs of the 10 MLAs who are in the BJP camp are going to come back.
While the disgruntled MLAs camped in Mumbai on Sunday made it clear they will not withdraw their resignations. “
Deputy Karnataka CM G Parameshwara offers to resign to resolve the crisis.
Parameshwara said, “I have called a breakfast meeting of all the ministers belonging to Congress party, to discuss the present political developments and the fallout. We know what BJP is trying to do. If need be, all of us may resign and then accommodate the MLAs”.
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Karnataka Congress Legislature Party leader Siddharamaiah & Ministers UT Khader, Shivashankara Reddy, Venkataramanappa, Jayamala, MB Patil, Krishna Byre Gowda, Rajshekar Patil, Rajshekar Patil, DK Shivakumar have reached Dy CM G Parameshwara’s residence for breakfast
Congress leaders, including AICC General Secretary Venugopal who have camped in Mumbai, held a series of meetings yesterday to strategise the plan of action. They also tried to reach out to MLAs who resigned and pacify them, sources said, adding efforts were also made to contact MLAs suspected to be “vulnerable” and who might resign in the days to come.
Congress has given an Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha saying the BJP is trying to topple Congress-JDS government in Karnataka.
“We are 10 MLAs here. A total 13 MLAs have submitted resignation to Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and Governor Vajubhai Bala. We all are together. No question of going back to Bengaluru and withdrawing the resignations,” Karnataka Congress MLA ST Somashekar said on Sunday.
Offering a solution, Gowda reportedly said he can consider backing Mallikarjun Kharge for CM. While Kharge, a prominent Dalit face in the Congress, is said to be open to the idea, Siddaramaiah’s supporters are not likely to be on board