Amidst the Congress-JD(S) coalition crisis, four Congress MLAs are have skipped legislative party meeting in Bengaluru. Notices have been sent to all four Congress MLAs who didn't turn up at the CLP meet. The action to be taken against them as per anti-defection law.
Congress leader Siddaramaiah had warned all party MLAs that it would take action under anti-defection law against those who abstain themselves from attending the meeting.
The MLAs who have abstained from going to the meeting are Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), Umesh Jadhav (Gulbarga), Mahesh Kumathalli (Athani), B Nagendra (Bellary rural).
MLA Narayana Rao (Basavakalyan) has said that he is on the way to the meeting.
At present, 74 Congress MLAs are in the meeting. The total number of MLAs the party has in the assembly is 80.
Umesh Yadav has written a brief, vague letter about his absence in the meeting. He is believed to be in Mumbai.
Here is the letter:
While Nagendra has said he has a court case
Others have not given official reasons.
As the allegations and counter-allegations of poaching have cast their shadow on the state government led by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, the Congress had called a meeting of its legislators in Bengaluru on January 18 to take stock of the prevailing political situation.
The decision to hold the meeting of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) was taken after the party leaders alleged that close nine of their MLAs were taken to Mumbai by the BJP in an attempt to lure them to their fold.
However, the BJP has dismissed the Congress allegations, claiming that the ruling party was making attempts to poach their MLAs. BJP had parked its 104 party MLAs at a hotel in Gurugram in Haryana. In the 224-member Assembly, JDS has 37 MLAs and the Congress 80. The Congress-JDS alliance has the support of some Independents in the House where the majority figure is 113 stay in power.
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