After Republic TV's sensational news break of Congress MLAs camping in Mumbai's Powai hotel for unknown and as-yet-undisclosed reasons, Independent MLA H Nagesh and R Shankar addressed the media in Mumbai and withdrew support to Congress-JD(S) coalition.
While addressing the media, MLA R Shankar Said: "For many years I have represented the people of my constituency. I have decided to withdraw my support. I will ensure that I fulfil the needs of the people of Karnataka and therefore I have taken this decision. This is a government of lies and are not serving the people of the state. Hence, I have taken the decision".
H Nagesh, Independent MLA said:
"My support to coalition govt was to provide good&stable govt which utterly failed. There's is no understanding among coalition partners. So, I decided to go with BJP to install a stable government and see that government performs better than the coalition".
Republic TV has also accessed their letter of withdrawing support:
G Parameshwara, Deputy Karnataka CM , addressed the issue of two independent MLAs withdrawing their support and said:
"We have been saying that BJP is luring our MLAs through money and power but their attempts to destabilise the govt will fail. Our government is stable".
Earlier, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddharamiah, while addressing the media had said that 'BJP can only dream of dislodging the government but they will not succeed'.
"They (BJP) cannot dislodge the government. They can only dream but they will not succeed. They are in an illusion and they are after power. Always trying to topple the government. They are offering huge money and the high command is also involved in toppling the government".
Meanwhile, as many as 7 MLAs, including Independents, are currently camping at a Mumbai hotel.
Following the news of the three legislators, senior Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar left for Mumbai to talk to these leaders and also issued a statement attempting to play down talk of any crisis.
Furthermore, sources had told Republic TV that BJP will be sending party leaders including B S Yeddyurappa, K S Eshwarappa and Jagadish Shettar to meet the Congress MLAs in Karnataka and bring them to a 5-star resort in Haryana's Gurugram area, where Karnataka BJP leaders have been alleged kept in hidden by the party until further information in an attempt to shield them from 'poaching' allegations.
Alleging that the ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition was trying to lure its MLAs in Karnataka, state BJP president B S Yeddyurappa Monday said its 104 legislators are "united" and will camp in the national capital.