Kumaraswamy in fire-fighting mode, meets Congress rebel

Karnataka Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, who rushed to the city last evening from his tour of the USA following the resignations of 12 MLAs, is believed to have met dissenting Congress legislator MLA Ramalinga Reddy early this morning.

According to sources, the meeting took place at an undisclosed location in the city. On the otherhand, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara offered to resign from his post. “I’ve 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 & then accommodate the MLAs,” the Deputy CM said.

Though Deve Gowda advised Kumaraswamy to wait for Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s decision on the resignations, others want him to call the party rebels back from Mumbai and ask them to withdraw their resignations before the Speaker acts on them.

Meanwhile, in Delhi, the Congress party has given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on what they called the ‘BJP trying to topple Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka’.

The 13-month-old Karnataka coalition government of JD(S) and Congress plunged into crisis following the resignation of the MLAs on Saturday. The Karnataka assembly has a total of 225 members, including the Speaker. The BJP is the largest party with 105 MLAs, the Congress has 78 and JD(S) 37 MLAs. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and KPJP have one MLA each. The Karnataka assembly also has an Independent MLA and one MLA is nominated by the government.


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