Bengalluru, Jun 7 : The 13-month old JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka is facing a crisis after 13 legislators from both the Coalition Parties tendered their resignation to Assembly seats yesterday and eyes are set on the return of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy who is expected to return from his week-long trip to the US tonight.
Reports said the State government may face more stress as more MLAs may quit their seats on Monday.
On Sunday, the Congress party leaders rushed to bring a patch up to save the government with AICC General Secretary Congress in-charge K C Venugopal holding a series of meetings with leaders, even as a meeting with the rebel MLAs slated to be held this morning was cancelled as most of them they were away in Mumbai.
The return of Kumaraswamy to the city and the JD(S) which would hold a Legislature party meeting at the JD(S) headquarters here tonight will be crucial.
The coalition government faced crisis after a revolt by disgruntled law makers, three from JD(S) and 10 from the Congress who tendered their resignation letters to the Assembly Speaker’s office on Saturday.
This comes ahead of the Monsoon Session of the Karnataka Legislature that begins on July 12.
Meanwhile, both JD(S) and Congress leaders are working overtime to convince the rebel legislators to relent and take back their resignation letters.
The BJP had been accused of trying to destabilise the Karnataka government by triggering ‘Operation Lotus’ that has been denied by State party chief B S Yeddyurappa.
The former chief minister on a tour of Tumakuru said today that BJP was in no way involved in the rebellion faced by the coalition government. ‘’We are watching on the sidelines as the collapse of this government on its own problem is imminent.’’
He said the BJP would claim to form the next government if the JD(S)-Congress government fell due to its ‘own contradictions’. ‘’We had nothing to do with the crisis the current government is facing. But we will stake claim to form the next government if it falls under its own weight. We are not political sanyasis. But I make it clear that the Karnataka people do not want a midterm election, now do the BJP,’’ he said.
JD(S) president H D Devegowda was involved in a series of meetings at his residence today ahead of the arrival of his son and the chief minister.
Top sources said that to save the government the two parties may work out a change in the top leadership of the coalition government. This includes making former chief minister Siddaramaiah as the chief minister for the second time and Kumaraswamy’s sibling and PWD Minister H D Revanna the Deputy Chief Minister. Mr Kharge being the next chief minister is also not ruled out, the sources said.
Amid tricky political developments Congress leader and influential minister D K Shivakumar met Devegowda today.
Sources said Gowda was unhappy over the way Siddaramaiah functioned as the Chairman of the Coordination Committee of the Karnataka government and expressed his views with Shivakumar.(UNI)