Kumaraswamy holds talks with Congress dissidents

 Worrying over growing dissidence among Congress MLAs threatening longevity of his government, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has met Mahesh Kumatalli, an aide of dissident Congress leader Ramesh Jarkiholi, in an attempt to somehow keep the flock together.

Kumaraswamy’s attempt at pacifying the rebels came on a day when Congress MLA K N Rajanna also claimed that the coalition government of JD(S) and Congress will “collapse after June 10”. Not stopping at that, Rajanna went on to blame deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader G Parameshwara for the defeat of JD(S) patriarch H D Deve Gowda in Tumakuru.

Meanwhile, reports also suggested that CLP leader Siddaramaiah was also holding talks with Congress rebels who are being wooed by BJP. Kumaraswamy joined the peace moves as one of the major grievances of Congress MLAs is that he is never available.

A CLP meeting is slated for tomorrow where Congress leaders expect some MLAs to demand an end to the coalition with JD(S) as they feel it has only harmed the party’s prospects. Even planning for a joint legislator meeting of Congress and JD(S) MLAs.

The Chief Minister is likely to fill vacancies in his cabinet to accommodate disgruntled MLAs, especially Ramesh. If a leading daily is to be believed, the expansion could happen this week itself. It also said that the Chief Minister might leave the Taj West End hotel from where he has been operating for a year now.

Earlier, former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda also held a discussion with Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao to discuss the coalition’s rout in the Lok Sabha elections.

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