New Delhi: Rebel Karnataka Congress MLA ST Somashekar on July 11 said the MLAs who resigned had informed the party about their problems earlier, but “they did not care.”
“We didn’t take this decision all of a sudden, we had informed them earlier, but they did not care,” he said.
Somashekar also said that they support the Congress government and respect Rahul Gandhi, but that the “commitments made by the coalition government could not satisfy us.”
Congress has been making strong attempts to get the rebel MLAs back. Senior party DK Shivakumar camped outside the Mumbai hotel where the legislators are staying almost the whole day on July 10, till he was removed by the police.
Somashekar complained the party woke up to their issues only now.
“For the past three days, they have been very active in trying to solve our issues. Why did they not care about us before? You imposed an IAS officer on Bengaluru Development Authority to scrutinise me as I am the BDA president. When you take such decisions, we don’t need this government,” Somashekar said.
Somashekar came back to Bengaluru ahead of the other rebel MLAs to attend a BDA meeting today. He said while he had resigned as MLA, he was still a member of the Congress.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court ordered the 10 rebel MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka to submit their resignation to the Speaker in person by 6pm on July 11. The court also asked Karnataka Assembly Speaker to decide on the resignation of the MLAs during the course of the day. The apex court will next hear the matter on July 12.
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