Bengaluru, Jul 20 : With the confidence motion tabled in the Karnataka Assembly expected to reach its finality on Monday, Congress leaders are making all-out efforts to reach out to the rebel MLAs staying outside the State since last one week.
According to party sources, former Chief Minister and Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiha, AICC general secretary KC Venugopal and KPCC president Dinesh Gundurao are trying to establish contact with the rebel MLAs and convince them to return to the party fold.
The Congress leaders are hopeful that among the 15 rebels staying in Maharashtra, three from the Congress and one from the JD(S) may change their mind and save the 14-month-old JDS-Congress coalition Government.
The Congress leaders, who are jubilant after winning back the seven-time-Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy, who had withdrawn his resignation following the intervention of the senior party leaders, are hoping that three of Reddy’s followers, including Munirathna, S T Somashekhar, Byrathi Basavaraju and the JD(S) rebel MLA Gopalaiah would also fall in line and rescue the coalition government.
According to party sources, the rebel MLAs had split into two groups, one led by JD(S) MLA H Vishwanath staying in Pune and the other led by ST Somashekhar, and others staying in a posh resort in Lonavala in Maharashtra.
The Congress leaders, while trying to establish contact with the rebels, are also holding meetings with the MLAs, kept in a resort and keeping a vigil against any possibilities of they being luring away by BJP leaders, sources added.(UNI)