Bengaluru, Jul 13 : With the Supreme Court giving direction to the Karnataka Assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar to maintain status-quo on the resignation of 10 MLAs, to their membership, and four others following suit, the ruling JD(S) and the Congress leaders are trying to reach out to the rebel legislators to win back to their fold.
Water Resources minister D K Shivakumar, who has emerged as the trouble shooter in the State Congress, met rebel MLA and Housing minister M T B Nagaraj early on Saturday and tried to persuade him to withdraw the resignation, submitted to both the Assembly and the Cabinet. But Nagaraj was non committal. The Congress MLA reportedly expressed his disappointment on the Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy and his brother H D Revanna, and stuck to his decision, and not to withdraw his resignation given to the Assembly.
Shivakumar, who was with Nagaraj for over four hours had to return empty handed as the latter had not shown no any inclination to budge from his stand to quit to the government as well as to the Assembly seat. However the Congress leaders, who were determined to save the 13-month-old JD(S)-Congress coalition government, made another attempt, when Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara also visited Nagaraj and tried to woo him back to the party fold.
Meanwhile senior BJP member, S Vishwanath, had also visited another rebel Congress MLA and former minister Ramalinga Reddy’s house and discussed over the latest political situation prevailed in the state. The BJP MLA, Vishwanath, reportedly appealed Reddy not to change his stand over his resignation to the Assembly, as pressures are being mounted on him from the Senior Congress leaders for withdrawing his resignation to the Karnataka Assembly.
Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, who has already announced his decision to seek a ‘confidence vote’ in the State Assembly also met senior Congress leaders and worked out strategies to save the government. Chief minister had also visited a Resort, located near Yelahanka and held a meeting with the JD(S) MLAs, where they were staying for the last two days. Sensing poaching of its MLAs, the Opposition BJP had also ‘lodged’ all its MLAs, in a resort near the city and kept a close watch on them against any attempt made by Congress or the JD(S) leaders.
Speaking to newsmen, Opposition BJP leader, in the Assembly, B S Yeddyurappa, had welcomed the decision of the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s announcement to seek a ‘confidence vote’ after realising that he (CM) had no majority in the house. Exuding confidence that the unholy alliance between the Congress and the JD(S) will come to an end in the next couple of days, Yeddyurappa said that “The fall of the coalition government is imminent,” he said. (UNI)