Karnataka crisis HIGHLIGHTS: CM Kumaraswamy holds meeting with top Congress, JD(S) leaders
Karnataka crisis LIVE updates: While BJP claimed that the resignations were the result of an ongoing "power struggle" between former chief minister Siddaramaiah and incumbent HD Kumaraswamy, the grand old party alleged BJP's hand behind the developments.
11 dissident MLAs address media outside Mumbai hotel.
The rebel Congress MLAs, who have been camping in Mumbai’s Sofitel Hotel, on Sunday refused to withdraw their resignations and said they won’t attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting on Tuesday. Addressing the media outside the hotel, Congress legislator S T Somashekar said, “We all 13 legislators have resigned and ten are here. We all are together. There is no question of taking back the resignations. We will not attend the CLP meeting on Tuesday.”
Earlier on Sunday, Congress had issued a circular to all party MLAs in Karnataka calling CLP meeting on Tuesday. The circular also mentioned that strict action will be taken against MLAs on failing to attend the meeting.
After reaching Bengaluru airport, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy headed to Taj West End hotel where he held a meeting with top JD(S) and Congress leaders.
Meanwhile, the chartered plane that had flown 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) flew from Karnataka to Mumbai Saturday night belongs to a company associated with Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, company sources said on Sunday. “It is a charter operation and the aircraft is chartered regularly by various people,” a top official of the company told PTI requesting anonymity.
After the resignation of 13 MLAs, the future of the Congress-JDS alliance government in Karnataka is on the brink. Follow LIVE updates on the political crisis in the state
Bengaluru: Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar at the Vidhanasoudha to meet the dissident MLA's of Congress and JD(S) in Bengaluru, Saturday (PTI)
In Mumbai, Congress workers gathered outside Sofitel Hotel, where the rebel MLAs are staying, to protest against the BJP's undemocratic move of poaching Congress-JDS MLAs of Karnataka, they said. They alleged that democracy is being slaughtered and said they won't tolerate horse trading.
Earlier in the day, two Maharashtra BJP leaders -- Prasad Lad and Mohit Bhartiya -- were spotted inside a Mumbai hotel where 10 of the 13 Karnataka MLAs who resigned on Saturday were staying. There is no word, however, on whether the two had met any of the eight MLAs. When asked about the political situation in Karnataka, Prasad Lad, who is Maharashtra BJP vice president and an MLC, told news agency ANI: "I know about it only through media. I am busy with the party membership drive."
This comes close on the heels of Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa maintaining that his party had nothing to do with the crisis even as the Congress accused it of trying to “bring down an elected government”. Congress, on the other hand, is trying to talk to the disgruntled leaders. While former chief minister Siddaramaiah said that he is in touch with few leaders and that everybody is loyal to the party, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the party will see what can be done to resolve the grievances.
The JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka plunged into a crisis on Saturday, with 14 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the speaker. After submitting the resignations, 10 MLAs flew by a chartered flight and arrived at a hotel in Mumbai late Saturday night.
Speaker Ramesh Kumar, who was not in office when the legislators arrived, said “whether the government will fall or survive” will be decided “in the Assembly”. Unable to meet the Speaker, who asked the MLAs to return on Tuesday, the rebel legislators met Governor Vala and conveyed their desire to quit.
The MLAs who have resigned are H Vishwanath, Y Gopalaiah and K C Narayana Gouda from the JDS; the Congress MLAs are B C Patil, Mahesh Kumatahalli, Ramesh Jharkiholi, Shivaram Hebbar, Prathapgouda Patil, Ramalinga Reddy, Byrathi Basavaraj, N Munirathna, S T Somashekhar and Anand Singh
As many as seven of the 14 MLAs have been linked with a move to the BJP for over 10 months now and were part of a Congress rebel group.
If the Speaker accepts the 14 resignations, the coalition will lose majority in the 224-member Assembly as its strength will come down to 104 against the BJP’s 105. The coalition’s current strength, including those who have resigned, is 118 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-2), besides the Speaker.
In Kumaraswamy's absence, Congress leader and minister D K Shivakumar, considered the Congress troubleshooter for the coalition, tried to convince the disgruntled MLAs from quitting but failed.