Congress leader and the former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah said that “the MLAs, had violated the provisions of the Anti-defection Law by submitting their resignations despite getting elected on Congress ticket”.
Squarely blaming the senior BJP leaders, for the present crisis in Karnataka, he charged that “BJP national President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were directly involved in the destabilising the coalition government in Karnataka”. He said that all the MLAs, staged dharna against the BJP trying to destabilise the government by luring its legislators in front of the Mahathma Gandhi statue in Vidhana Soudha and later submitted the petition to Speaker Ramesh Kumar.
Replying to a question, he said that except 10 rebel MLAs, who had resigned to their seat, all others barring some, who had taken prior permission from him and the party due to some urgent work, had attended in today’s CLP meeting.
Siddaramaiah said the CLP meeting also discussed about the Monsoon session of the joint legislature beginning on June 12 and worked out the strategy.
This session will mainly discuss on allocations to different Departments and pass the State Budget. The government had taken vote on account for the first four months of the current fiscal.
The Finance Bill will be passed during this Session as it is very impartment and the party had asked all MLAs to be present to facilitate its passage, he said.
‘’The meeting also took stock of he the recent political developments and all the legislators present included MLAs, MLCs and Rajya Sabha members and they extended their full support to the party and the government,’’ Siddaramaiah added.
The Congress leader said yesterday all 21 ministers including DCM from Congress party had tendered resignation volunterily to KPCC President Dinesh Gundurao to ensure unity in the party.
‘’We had decided to effect reshuffle of the State Cabinet after 20 months but it would be done earlier due to latest political developments to accommodate those who are deserving but left out due to coalition formula of sharing the cabinet berths,’’ he said.
Siddaramaiah however stressed that the current Cabinet ministers remained in office as they had sent resignation letters only to KPCC President takes a call and then inform the Chief Minister.
Similarly, the 11 JDS Ministers have also tendered their resignations but that party will take a call accordingly, he said.
Siddaramaiah alleged that BJP was trying destibilise non-BJP governments in the country against democratic norms. In 2018 people of Karnataka did not give a clear mandate to the BJP and there was a fractured verdict. This was the reason the coalition government came into power after the BJP which was in office for 3 days failed to prove its majority.
Thereafter ‘’BJP constantly tried to destabilise the coalition government. five times they had tried to do it and this is the sixth such attempt but they will not succeed,’’ Siddaramaiah alleged.
He alleged that BJP was offering money, positions, Minister post to lure the rival MLAs and it had been proved. ‘’Where did this money come from? Is this not illegal money. With money and political power they (BJP) are trying to destablise this government which was duly elected according to the Constitution norms.’’
Siddaramaiah said some of Congress MLAs fell to the trap of the BJP. They did not understood the provisions of law. ‘’Section 164 (1) and (2) of the lasw clearly say, whoever resigns from any political party elected on its symbol, cannot do it and it amounts to anti-defection and he or she will be disqualified. Also six years cannot hold any office. (UNI)