Congress leader Krishna Byre Gowda alleged in Assembly on Monday that it is BJP’s R Ashoka behind MTB Nagaraj to defy Congress party orders not to leave Bengaluru.
Krishna Byre Gowda also showed a video-grab of MTB Nagaraj with R Ashoka in HAL Airport before leaving for Mumbai.
To this, BJP leader Madhuswamy countered it by accusing KBG and other Congress leaders of manhandling K Sudhakar in Vidhana Soudha after the latter submitted the resignation to the Speaker, earlier in the month. KBG continued to charge BJP of orchestrating horse-trading as the chartered flight company transporting rebel MLAs is owned BJP's Rajya Sabha member.
Again, BJP leaders shot back by claiming the company is a private entity and it has long been used regularly by Congress and JD(S) during the election season. Krishna Byre Gowda, citing late PM Rajiv Gandhi, who proposed the anti-defection law in Parliament in 1985, urged Speaker KR Ramesh to decide on the disqualification of rebel MLAs.
The Congress-JD(S) coalition’s tally currently stands at 102 after 15 legislators tendered their resignation. The Opposition BJP now has 107, including the two Independents.