Mallikarjun Kharge, MP from Gulbarga, Karnataka has accused the BJP OF attempting to create a sense of fear among Congress MLAs, whereas BJP said the crisis was a creation of the Congress itself.
A rebellion characteristics which was seen past few days in the Karnataka Congress, was said to be an attempt of the opposition BJP to topple the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka, is appearing to be withering out. The ruling party has stated that they have successfully established contact with the six MLAs who had reportedly gone incommunicado on Monday.
Bhima Naik, one MLA from Hagaribomanahalli in Bellary has returned to the party fold as the Congress had called a meeting of the state legislature party on Friday with intentions to discuss core strategies for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls 2019. Congress issued a confidence with all its 79 legislators expected to attend the meeting called by CLP leader and former CM of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah.
With several twists and turns and the suspense over the missing MLAs were on, allegations and counter-allegations have begun from both JD(S)-Congress coalition and the BJP camps with senior leadres making the direct attack on the rival parties. Yeddyurappa said, “I am not responsible for their MLAs going jitters. They are trying their level best to take BJP MLAs in their party. We have our MLAs and I don’t have any knowledge where the MLAs are whether they are in Mumbai or elsewhere”.
Former CM Siddaramaiah issued a statement on Wednesday that the party would take severe action under anti-defection law against those MLAs who abstain themselves from attending the meeting of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on Friday. He added that MLAs skipping the CLP meet will face an expulsion from the party.
Amidst the allegations and counter-allegations of poaching have cast their shadow on the state government led by HD Kumaraswamy, the party has promptly called for this emergency meeting. However BJP has dismissed the allegations of poaching three MLAs supposedly taken to Mumbai with attempt to add them in BJP. BJP in cross allegations claim that the ruling party was making attempts to lure their MLAs, and BJP has its 104 party MLAs parked at a hotel in Gurugram in Haryana.
In the 224-member Assembly, JDS has 37 MLAs and the Congress 80. The Congress-JDS alliance also thrives on a support of some Independents in the House where the majority figure is 113 to stay in power.
With all the ongoing political turmoil in the state of Karnataka, the fate of the Congress-JDS coalitions seems to be hanging in balance. Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday had reaffirmed that things in the party is intact and will lead as per the party strategies.