Amid the increasing political crisis in Karnataka, senior Congress leader and former CM Siddaramaiah has targeted BJP, alleging that the saffron party is trying to destabilise the Congress-JD(S) government. Speaking to media on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah also cited the anti-defection law in the Constitution, saying that the MLAs who have resigned will be disqualified from holding any position.
"People of Karnataka have not given a mandate to BJP to form the government. BJP, despite the fact that they have failed to win the majority on the floor of the house, they are trying to destabilise this government, continuously, constantly. Five-times they have attempted to destabilise this government. This is the sixth attempt. This time not only state BJP wing but also national level leaders like Amit Shah & Mr Modi are involved. On their direction efforts have been put to destabilise govt," the Congress leader said.
Adding that some of the MLAs have fallen in the BJP trap, he said that 'once disqualified the MLAs can't hold any position.
"With the money power and the political power, they are trying to destabilise the government which is duly elected, according to the provisions of the constitutions. Some of our MLAs, they fell to the trap of BJP. I don't know if they are aware of the anti-defection law, which clearly says Article 164, whoever resigns from any political party, who is elected on the symbol of the particular party, he cannot resign, you will be disqualified. Once he is disqualified, he cannot hold any office. We are also requesting the Speaker to take legal action under the anti-defection law. We are requesting him in our letter to not only disqualify them but also bar them from contesting election for 6 years," Siddaramaiah added.
Responding to Siddaramaiah's statement, Congress leader ST Somashekhar who has resigned, said that people of Karnataka are not happy with the 'Maitri' (coalition) government.
"Karnataka people did not start liking the coalition government. Now we have resigned, the coalition government has become 104," he said.
Adding to the Congress MLA, JDS leader Narayan Gowda said that the MLAs have resigned due to lack of development in the state.
"We've resigned from MLA post due to lack of development in the state. Karnataka CM travelled abroad without consultation with MLAs, no work was progressing in the state. We will stay here for 2 days and then we will return," he added.