A day ahead of the first Congress' state unit meeting in Karnataka or the CLP meeting after the Lok Sabha results, JD(S) state president in Karnataka H Vishwanath, on Tuesday, has revealed that rebel MLA BC Patil will be offered ministership in a bid to stop rebelling within the party, confirming Republic TV's newsbreak on Monday that Congress was indeed offering cabinet positions to dissenting MLAs as a part of it 'Save Karnataka' strategy.
"The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) are supporting the coalition government in the state. In the coordination meeting, we (JD(S)) do not have enough representation. All important and critical issues may raise in the CLP meeting. We are going to put an end to all this quarrelling," he said.
Speaking about statements made by Congress MLA BC Patil, who was denied ministership in December 2018, against CLP chief Siddaramaiah, Vishwanath revealed that BC Patil would be offered ministership to quell his demands.
"What statements? He (BC Patil) is going to become a minister. That's all," he added.
Earlier on Monday, reports had emerged that the Congress party had put its 'Save Karnataka' strategy to stop dissenting MLAs from quitting or shifting loyalties.
Reports suggest that the Congress-JD(S) coalition government will allegedly be inducting the 3-4 rebelling MLAs on Wednesday into the Karnataka state cabinet in a bid to address their dissent. Sources further suggest that 5 Congress ministers and 3 JD(S) ministers may allegedly be resigning to accommodate the aforementioned dissenting MLAs.
The CLP meeting which is scheduled on Wednesday to discuss the current political developments in the state. In a letter to all members of the legislative council, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, CLP chief has announced that the meeting will be held at a hotel in Bengaluru on May 29 at 6 PM and has requested that all MLAs should be present at the meeting without fail and give valuable suggestions.
In the Lok Sabha polls, the uneasy coalition of JD(S)-Congress has managed to acquire only 2 seats while the NDA gained a huge victory by winning 26 of the 28 seats in Karnataka. Even on a national scale, the Congress managed to win only 52 seats in total in the Lok Sabha elections compared to BJP's massive total of 303 seats.