Dismissing talks of Congress MLAs rebelling to get JD(S) Leader HD Kumaraswamy to quit as Karnataka chief minister in order to open the space for Siddaramaiah, the Congress leader and former state CM on Sunday said that the lawmakers are loyal to the party and not him.
"Everybody is loyal to the party, they are not loyal to me everybody is expected to be loyal to the party," he said.
On Saturday, sources had said that four MLAs had resigned as they wanted Siddaramaiah to become chief minister. The issue of the chief minister has been a prickly one in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka. CM HD Kumaraswamy has even cried during several occasions over the compulsions of coalition. As per sources, he was mulling resignation to avoid the embarrassment of a trust vote.
Meanwhile, BJP Yeddyurappa dismissed charges of horsetrading and said that BJP did not have any role to play in the ongoing crisis.
"I am going to Tumkur and I will come back at 4 pm. You know about the political developments. Let's wait and see. I don't want to answer to what HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah say. I am nowhere related to this. The BJP has no role to play,"
On Saturday, Republic TV had broken the story with an exclusive picture which showed Yeddyurappa's Personal Assistant outside the hotel in Karnataka where the MLAs had stayed put in earlier. He was seen with senior JD(S) leaders including H Vishwanath.
The dissenting Congress MLAs will be holding a closed-door meeting in Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai where they have been staying on Saturday noon so that none of them backtracks from their stand and doesn't go back to the parties. They will also discuss their future moves in this matter. Siddaramaiah is believed to be in touch with them as per sources.
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also commented on the issue.