Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has reacted to the political situation in Karnataka where six Congress MLAs are camping in Mumbai which has led to the fate of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state hanging in balance.
On Tuesday, two Independent MLAs withdrew their support from the Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka.
Kharge said he is assured that the coalition government is intact and that it will continue to rule till its term.
"Modi government is trying to break our MLAs - they are trying to intimidate our MLAs in the name of Enforcement Directorate. They are not able to succeed in this and they have kept their own MLAs protected in Gurugram. Earlier, they also said that there will be a revolution on Sankrati (Sankrant par Kranti hogi). However, there was not revolution but the festival went well.
BJP did the same earlier also in Karnataka - Lotus Operation and they tried hard to form the government. But they failed to do so. Now they have started trying again. But now all our 118 MLAs intact. Nobody is going anywhere. The Congress is going strong. BJP is spreading rumours," he said.
The coalition government in Karnataka formed by the Congress and JD(S) seems to be in a risk of losing its MLAs.
After two Independent MLAs withdrew their support from the Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka on Tuesday, the coalition government's may get in a precarious situation, especially if its MLAs camping in Mumbai get poached.
On Tuesday night, Karnataka's Maski MLA Pratap Gowda Patil reached Renaissance Hotel in Gurugram and is likely to join BJP, sources have suggested (He was BJP MLA in 2008, but in 2013 he joined Congress).
The six Congress MLAs from Karnataka including Mahesh Kumutahalli, Nagendra, Umesh Yadav, Kampli Ganesh, Ramesh Jarkiholi have been camping in Mumbai since Tuesday. They are likely to decide on quitting the party, say sources.
Earlier on Tuesday, Independent MLA H Nagesh and R Shankar addressed the media in Mumbai and withdrew support to Congress-JD(S) coalition. After that Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy and JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda have said that they are assured about the coalition staying intact.
Update: Sources have said that Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has been rushed to Bengaluru. Two more Karnataka Congress MLAs have arrived in Mumbai.