BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa said about the delay of the Budget session:
"Today, we discussed with our MLAs and cooperated for budget session... We asked CM to delay for three to four days... HDK himself said that he planned mobile recording and this means he is ready to do anything for the chair of CM post... Next time we will participate in budget session."
Disgruntled Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi has written to Siddaramaiah cites daughter's marriage as the reason for absenting from CLP and Budget session
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy complains to Assembly speaker against Yeddyurappa about the alleged audio tape.
Congress leader Siddaramaiah says he will petition before the assembly Speaker to suspend the four dissenting Congress MLAs
Siddaramaiah has said that he will Congress will take action against the 5 MLAs who will not be present for the Budget session.
"Except for 5 MLAs all are here. Roshan Baig is in Delhi he's taken permission. BC Patil, he's also out and spoke to me. He'll come at 3 pm.
Out of the 5 MLAs, Mahesh Kumutahalli, Nagendra, Umesh Yadav, Kampli Ganesh, Ramesh Jarkiholi , whose whereabouts are unknown, all except Ganesh have sent me the letter.
Jhadav said he is pre-occupied and hence he can't attend the CLP. He said his absence may be excused. Ramesh said he has a wedding to attend. Mahesh said he's unwell. Nagendra said he has personal work.
They have said they can't come till February 15. After January 18 CLP, I issued show cause notice and they replied back then said they are loyal to party.
Then I wrote back to all 4 MLAs that you come and meet me and justify your stand personally. But they haven't turned up so far.
Then again I issued whip to all MLAs. All MLAs should be present in the assembly.
These 4 MLAs didn't attend the session on Day 1 and Day 2. In the new letters, they said they can't attend entire session.
The party has decided I should proceed further to take legal action under the anti-defection law. I will approach Speaker with a petition requesting the speaker to take action under anti-defection law," he said.
JD(S) leader and Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy held the press conference where he released tapes claimimg that BJP leaders BS Yeddyurappa and Shivanagouda Nayaka are heard trying to convince JDS MLA Nagangouda Kandakur by offering cash and all sorts of illegal means.
He attacked PM Modi saying that he is encouraging his friends to use corrupt means.
"One one side PM Modi preaches country and politicians on how to behave and on the other side he is encouraging his friends to demolish the democracy through black money. Show your real face.
"I demand the PM to come out in the open and clarify who encouraged BJP leaders to do this. I'm going to expose how your MLAs tried to buy our legislators. I leave it to the people of the country to decide.
"Last night at 12:00 am I got this information. Our honest party worker informed me. My party worker has taken the names of Maharashtra CM and others to lure him," he said.
On the day when the fate of the coalition Congress-JD(S) which seems to be under a pressure test with sources claiming four Congress MLAs will be voting against the Budget session in the Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru on Friday.
Full attendance of MLAs is extremely crucial for the party as once the budget is presented and if it does not get passed through votes on the floor of the assembly, then the government will be deemed a minority government and it will be the Governor Vajubhai Vala's discretion to recommend to the Centre.
The BJP which has been accused by the Congress-JD(S) coalition government of attempting to poach its MLAs but it has denied the allegation. However, as per sources, the BJP is hoping to benefit from the possible dissent by the Congress MLAs who are in Mumbai as if the Budget is not passed, the party can ask the current government to be dismissed and vie for state elections held alongside the Lok Sabha polls, so the party can ride on the Modi wave.
The BJP had protested in the state assembly on Thursday claiming the coalition rulers were minority government leading to adjournment of the house.
Congress and JD(S) have both issued three-line whip to their MLAs to be present for the Budget session. The MLAs will face action under the anti-defection law.
In an unusual move, the Karnataka chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy addressed a press conference ahead of the Budget presentation, where he released audio tapes which allegedly has BJP leader Yeddyurappa and another offering bribe to him and other JDS leader to defect from the party.
BJP leader Yeddyurappa will also hold a press conference on Friday.
The Congress and JD(S) partnership has been facing difficulties. In January, reportedly nine Congress MLAs from the state were living in Mumbai which led to speculations of them rebelling and joining BJP.
Soon after that, the Congress held the CLP meet, in which four dissenting MLAs failed to attend it.
There have been issues between JD(S) leader Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy and Congress leader Siddaramaiah as the latter party members have been needling the former calling Siddaramiah 'Super CM'. This led to Kumaraswamy threating to quit. Congress president Rahul Gandhi held a meeting with Siddaramaiah following the incident.
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