A day after Congress' Karnataka MLA K Sudhakar was spotted in BJP leader S M Krishna's Bengaluru residence in talks with other BJP leaders, Sudhakar, on Monday has refuted claims that he has been offered any ministry or chairmanship by the either Congress or JD(S) leadership, talking exclusively to Republic TV. He also said that the conflict was not on ministership but on the difference in principles.
"No, I have not gotten any such offer. The issue is on certain principles. It is not an issue on ministry of chairmanship. Whatever has to be communicated to the high command in the Congress party has already been done by me," he said.
Hailing the 'stupendous' mandate won by PM-elect Modi, he added that party heads in JD(S) and Congress must address the underlying reasons for defection rather than the symptoms.
"The results in the parliamentary elections in the entire country has very clearly told what is the reason. The mandate for Mr.Modi is stupendous and is a historical victory. It is a positive vote according to me. The situation in Karnataka is very dicey right now with a wafer-thin majority held by the Congress-JD(S) coalition. Both heads of parties should understand the gravity of the scenario and should address the underlying disease, not the symptoms," he added.
Earlier in the day, amidst he post-polls chaos in the Congress party, reports had emerged that the Congress party has allegedly put its 'Save Karnataka' strategy to stop dissenting MLAs from quitting or shifting loyalties.
Reports suggest that the Congress-JD(S) coalition government will allegedly be inducting the 3-4 rebelling MLAs on Wednesday into the Karnataka state cabinet in a bid to address their dissent. Sources further suggest that 5 Congress ministers and 3 JD(S) ministers may allegedly be resigning to accommodate the aforementioned dissenting MLAs.
Prior to this development, reports had emerged that the Karnataka Congress unit had called a meeting on Wednesday in Bengaluru to discuss important issues and resolve the differences.
These trend of turmoil within the Congress Party is seen throughout the nation since the Lok Sabha results had been announced with major states' unit leaders offering to resign due to their failures.
The Congress has managed to win only 52 seats in total in the Lok Sabha elections compared to BJP's massive total of 303 seats.