Ahead of the looming trust vote in Karnataka on Monday, the grand old party has rushed Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath on Saturday to Bengaluru, according to ANI. He is set to stay there till Sunday night. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is also headed to Bengaluru.
While whether Kamal Nath will be consulted on winning the favour of the rebel MLAs is unknown. As per sources, Kamal Nath has been given the responsibility by Congress top leadership of solving the ongoing Karnataka crisis. Sources have speculated that Kamal Nath may have been chosen as he has good relations with at least one member in each party owing to his good management skills.
Meanwhile, details of the morning meeting between DK Shivakumar and rebel MLA MTB Nagaraj have emerged. Source report that Nagaraj has complained about HD Revanna, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's brother's interference in his ministry. He has allegedly said that he may rethink his resignation if this problem is solved.
Earlier in the day, inpite of Congress' backchanneling efforts to negotiate with rebel MLAs, five more Congress MLAs who have resigned, have moved the Supreme Court citing that the Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar is not accepting their resignations.
As per the writ petition accessed by Republic TV, the five Congress MLAs moving the apex court are - Anand Singh, Dr. K Sudhakar, N Nagaraju (MTB), Munirathna and Roshan Baig.
Previously in the early hours of Saturday, Nagaraju (MTB) met Karnataka CLP chief Siddaramaiah at his residence. Prior to this meeting, he had also met with Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and Congress leader DK Shivakumar. Ramalinga Reddy and Munirathna too had med with Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar.
Earlier on Friday, the Congress-JD(S) coalition had been pushing for a trust vote to be held on Monday in the Vidhan Soudha (State Assembly) floor. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court ordered the Speaker to not make a decision before July 16 when it will decide on larger Constitutional issues with regards to the plea filed by the rebel MLAs over Kumar not accepting their resignations.
As per sources, the BJP wants to wait until Tuesday till the Supreme Court decides on the case before moving on the no-confidence motion. This is since, as per the law, a no-confidence motion can be moved only every six months.
On last Saturday, 13 Congress-JD(S) MLAs had resigned including 1 Independent. The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength came down to 117 after (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-1) after Nagesh withdrew his support from the government, besides the Speaker. Adding to this if the 3 MLAs resignations are accepted, the government's numbers will go down to 101.
If the resignations of the 16 Congress-JD(S) MLAs are accepted by the Speaker, the Congress-JD(S) coalition’s numbers will come down to 101, besides the vote of the Speaker. If the Speaker accepts the 16 resignations, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will come down to 209 out of 225, which will leave the half-way mark to 104. As the saffron party has 107 MLAs in its support now, it can call a trust vote and form a government in the state.