Congress, JDS reaching out Karnataka rebel MLAs

A day after Congress-JDS coalition government trembled in view of 13 rebel MLAs resignation from their Karnataka assembly segments, hectic parleys took place between both the parties’ leadership to chart out the next course of action. Reports suggest that Congress and JDS leaders have started to reach out to disgruntled MLAs, urging them to reconsider or take back their resignation.

Sources from the both parties confirmed that senior leaders in both the parties are holding talks to address the concerns of the rebels and ensure they withdraw their resignations. However, they are unable to contact and convince them as about 10 of them flew to Mumbai on Saturday evening.

Both Congress and BJP approached the 13 rebel Karnataka MLAs who have been staying The Sofitel Mumbai BKC hotel in Mumbai since last night. On the otherhand, Congress leader and Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar met JDS chief HD Deve Gowda at his residence .

“They’ve (JDS) called a meeting of their party leaders. We’ll also call our party leaders and sort out this issue. I’m confident things will cool down immediately. In the interest of the nation and both parties, we’ve to run the government smoothly. I’m confident MLAs will come back,” Shivakumar told reporters after meeting the JDS leadership.

Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge rubbished media reports which claimed there is possibility of him becoming the chief minister of Karnataka.  “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,” said Kharge.

Seven-time MLA Ramalinga Reddy, who also submitted his resignation yesterday, also said that so far he didn’t resign from the party.

Responding to the developments, BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday said, “I am going to Tumkur and I will come back at 4 pm. You know about the political developments. Let’s wait and see. I do not want to answer to what HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah say. I am nowhere related to this.”

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