The power play between the
ruling Congress-JDS coalition and BJP in Karnataka continued
Wednesday, as the two sides escalated their war of words and
went into an overdrive to keep their flock together.
The Congress and JDS continued to present a picture of
confidence about the brewing crisis blowing over, with Chief
Minister H D Kumaraswamy saying things were "under control"
and there was no reason for worry.
As the ruling partners unleashed a scathing attack on
the BJP for allegedly trying to topple the government, the
Gurugram, fearing poaching attempts.
party have even offered to step down in the larger interest
looking into the option, they added.
It was not known how long the 104 BJP MLAs, who went to
New Delhi to attend the party's national council meeting but
extended their stay, would remain cooped up in the resort.
Meanwhile, sources said BJP's Karnataka unit chief B S
Yeddyurappa is likely to hold a meeting with the party MLAs
who are camping at the resort and discuss the prevailing
situation in the state.
They said the BJP legislators will stay put in Gurugram
till the party top leaders give the green signal to return to
Around 20 Youth Congress workers led by party's Haryana
Pradesh Congress General Secretary Pradeep Singh raised
slogans against the NDA government outside the resort.
The protesters alleged that the BJP was "disrespecting
the Constitution and murdering democracy" in the country.
Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy said in
Bengaluru that it was not necessary for him to carry out "any
operation" (poaching) and that he had sufficient numbers with
"Everything is under control..don't worry,"
Kumaraswamy said, trying to present a picture of being
Kumaraswamy, whose government received a jolt on
Tuesday when two Independent MLAs withdrew support to it, was
asked if the ruling alliance would also launch a
counter-strike on the BJP to lure its lawmakers.
The chief minister wanted BJP state president B S
Yeddyurappa to explain if his party MLAs have been shifted to
Gurugram to celebrate Sankranthi or for any other reason.
Kumaraswamy said his party MLAs were not being
shifted to any resort, as being speculated in the media.
"So I request media not to fool itself and the people
of the state."
On five Congress MLAs, who are in Mumbai allegedly
under BJP's control, Kumaraswamy said, "I have been saying for
the past three days that they are in touch with me, I'm in the
know of all the developments."
"They may not be reachable to others, but they are
reachable to me," he said in response to a question whether
the five MLAs were accessible.
In New Delhi, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun
Kharge said the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka is
"stable and strong" and accused the BJP of trying to
At a press meet, he said there was no crisis for the
government in Karnataka.
Congress general secretary K C Venugopal asserted that
none of his party legislators were going to quit.
"Not even one MLA is going to quit Congress. I have
contacted my MLAs, and therefore, I am telling you this very
confidently. In fact, by Thursday evening, you will have a
clear picture about Karnataka," he told PTI here.
"It would be a big slap on the face of BJP as it is
going to fail in its endeavour to bring the government down.
Their shameless motive to destabilise the government is
going to be a big failure. It will be a national shame for
them," he said.
Speaking to reporters, Minister B Z Zameer Ahmad Khan,
considered a "trouble shooter" for the Congress, said
Kumaraswamy-led government faced no threat and Yeddyurappa was
"daydreaming" about becoming Chief Minister once again.
Claiming that seven to eight BJP MLAs were in touch
with them, he said "Let them (BJP) leave MLAs, seven to eight
of them are ready to come to us..that's the reason they are
holding up MLAs."
Meanwhile, state Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao
told PTI: "The entire confusion has been created by the BJP.
Was that really required? They did it brazenly throwing
morality and ethics to the wind.It's shameful and disgusting."
Seeking to allay fears over the stability of the
Congress-JDS dispensation, Rao said, "All our MLAs are intact
and nobody is going anywhere.They are all with us together.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and
CLP leader Siddaramaiah met Venugopal and held discussions.
The Congress has convened a meeting of its MLAs here
on January 18 to take stock of the ongoing political
A political turmoil has enveloped Karnataka since
Monday triggered by horse trading charges over an alleged bid
by the BJP to destabilise the coalition government.
Countering the allegations, the state BJP blamed the
"unnatural" alliance between the Congress and JD(S) for the
turmoil and said the ruling coalition was hiding its inability
to keep its house in order by "unnecessarily" finding fault
with the saffron party.
State BJP general secretary C T Ravi said the Congress
and JD(S) that entered into an unholy alliance, promising good
administration, have betrayed the people of the state.
"Legislators of both the parties have now realised that
this government cannot achieve anything," he said.PTI KSU GMS
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