As the crisis in Congress-JD(S) Karnataka government deepens, 10 of the rebel MLAs who resigned from the state Assembly on Saturday reached the Sofitel Mumbai hotel the same night.
As per reports, a meeting will be held between the 10 MLAs who are lodged in the 5-star hotel in Bandra at 12 noon on Sunday. This crucial meeting will be decisive as the MLAs are known to chalk out the further plan of action.
The hotel rooms have been booked for the rebel MLAs until Tuesday.
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday accused the BJP over the resignation of the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs from the Karnataka assembly, citing horsetrading. Although, BJP's B. S. Yeddyurappa has categorically denied the party's hand in the government crisis in Karnataka.
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On Saturday night, upon their arrival to Mumbai, it is known that some BJP leaders visited, however, there has been no movement since last night, but only backdoor meetings have been held. BJP is known to be closely watching the developments and leaders have been caught on camera having secret conversations with these rebel MLAs.
As per Republic sources, Congress' Siddaramaiah has been in touch with the rebel MLAs, however he has refused to divulge further details fearing that BJP will then look for ways to counter.
The MLAs have put forth their demands, one being that they want Siddaramaiah to be reinstated as the chief minister of Karnataka, then they would be happy to return, however JD(S) has strongly opposed this demand.
Here are key events of Saturday's Karnataka Crisis :
- 8 MLAs handed over their resignations to state Assembly Speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar. H Vishwanath, Mahesh Kumathalli, BC Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Shivaram Hebbar, Narayan Gowda, Pratap Gowda, and Ramalinga Reddy triggered the first wave of resignations.
- Close on heels three more Congress MLAs- Byrathi Basavaraj, ST Somashekar, and Munirathna submitted their resignations too. Apart from these MLAs, Soumya Reddy and Gopalaiah had reportedly handed over their resignations, bringing the total number of resignations to 13.
- Former Karnataka Home Minister and seven-time Congress MLA confirmed that he had resigned from his post, triggering Congress Committee General Secretary KC Venugopal to be rushed to Bengaluru, to control the damage.
- In an exclusive scoop, the Leader of Opposition Yeddyurappa's aide of BJP leader was photographed standing outside the hotel where the rebelling JD(S) leaders were staying.
- Resigned MLAs then moved to the Governor's House while Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and State minister DK Shivakumar called an emergency meeting of Congress Bengaluru MLAs and Corporators later in the day.
- The Speaker who had left his chambers citing health reasons issued a statement confirming that 11 resignations were received, but he would be able to address the issue only on Tuesday as he had a prior appointment on Monday.
- Meanwhile, in the Speakers chambers, DK Shivakumar had reportedly torn down the resignation letter of four ministers while attempting to hold talks with senior leaders including Ramalinga Reddy, Basavaraj Rayareddy, Munirathna, and S T Somashekhar in order to control the situation.
- Both parties' leaders along with then retreated to their respective chambers to talk to their rebelling MLAs.
- Reacting to the entire political situation, JD(S) chief Deve Gowda has said that the party will wait till Monday for the state assembly Speaker to come back and then take a decision. He also claimed that the 11 leaders who have resigned are well-wishers and loyalists of the government.
- CLP chief Siddaramaiah reaches his Bengaluru residence 'Cauvery' and swings into damage control meeting the resigning Congress leaders.
- Four of the 11 resigned MLAs have demanded that Congress Legislative Party (CLP) chief Siddaramaiah be made Chief Minister, replacing CM H D Kumaraswamy, who is currently in the US, as per sources. Sources have further reported that S.T. Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj, Munirathna, and another MLA have allegedly made this demand.
- Rebel MLAs issue their first statement with former JD(S) state president H.Vishwanath saying that 14 MLAs have resigned as they have lost faith in the current government, dispelling rumours of 'Operation Lotus'.
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