Bengaluru: The political drama in Karnataka continues to twist and turn, as on one hand, some rebel Congress MLAs seem to be thawing, while five more have moved Supreme Court against their resignation not being accepted.
On July 13, one of the disgruntled MLAs, Congress’s MTB Nagaraj, met party troubleshooter DK Shivakumar. Shivakumar reached Nagaraj’s residence around 5am and stayed there for almost four-and-a-half hours. Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara was also present.
Post this, the rebel MLA hinted at reconsidering his resignation.
“The situation was such that we submitted our resignations, but now DK Shivakumar and others came and requested that we withdraw it. I will speak to K Sudhakar Rao and then see what is to be done. After all, I have spent decades in Congress,” Nagaraj said.
While Nagaraj was non-committal, Shivakumar was confident he would withdraw his resignation.
“We should live together and die together because we have worked for 40 years for the party. There are ups and downs in every family. We should forget everything and move forward. Happy that MTB Nagaraj has assured us that he will stay with us,” Shivakumar told reporters.
Interestingly, Nagaraj and Sudhakar are among the five MLAs to move Supreme Court on July 13, along with Roshan Baig, Muniratna Naidu and Anand Singh.
Efforts are on to convince Munirathna and R Roshan Baig too, along with Ramalinga Reddy.
Chief Minister Kumaraswamy is also trying to reach out to four rebel Congress MLAs, sources in JD(S) claimed.
Meanwhile, both the parties have shifted their MLAs to hotels and resorts in order to keep them together before the trust vote, likely in the coming week.
Reacting to the development, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said, “There’s confusion in Congress and JD(S), due to which their MLAs are fleeing. A systematic conspiracy is on to bring them back. The atmosphere is chaotic, and the fall of the government is imminent.”
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on July 12 ordered the Speaker to maintain status quo on the resignations of 10 rebel MLAs till July 16, the date of the next hearing.
The ruling coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker.
Two Independent legislators, who were made ministers recently to provide stability to the government, have quit the ministries and withdrawn their support to the government.
With the support of the two Independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100 and the majority mark will come to 105.
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