With the ongoing crisis in Karnataka where 13 Congress-JD(S) MLAs have quit, the state's Deputy CM G Parameshwara has offered to resign saying that the party will take whatever step necessary to "accommodate the (dissenting) MLAs". The Deputy CM is holding a breakfast meeting with the party members from the at his residence in Bengaluru.
"We took stock of the situation and the development in the situation. We discussed at late night. I had gone for the breakfast meeting with all the ministers of Congress to discuss the present situation and what steps we have to take about the destabilising process, some have gone to Mumbai, some are here. We know what the BJP is trying to do. What their plan is. We are following all that very closely and know what to do, including, if need be, all of us may resign and accommodate the MLAs," he said ahead of the meeting.
He did not comment on a question about HD Kumaraswamy saying there will be no change in leadership. "We discussed within the framework of the law what steps can be taken," he said.
Parameshwara admitted that MLAs were unhappy saying that, "few were unhappy due to delay in the development work, few with Chief Minister and few with deputy Chief Minister." "We are talking with MLAs. We are trying to save the government," he said.
Meanwhile, Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge said that as far as his awareness is concerned, he is in the race for the chief ministerial position in the state. The Congress leader has even alleged BJP's hand in the destabilisation of the Karnataka government, accusing the saffron party of horsetrading. However, the BJP has refused any speculations or accusations of 'Operation Lotus' in the state.
Meanwhile, GT Devegowda of the JDS has stated that if the coordination committee decides that Siddaramaiah should be the CM then the JD(S) will have no objection to it. He added that Congress is making efforts to save the coalition government.
Current Karnataka Government numbers:
The Congress and JD(S) coalition, which won 115 seats combined, is currently in power in the Karnataka State Assembly managing a slim margin over the BJP's 105 seats. With the exodus of 13 MLAs from the JD(S)- Congress coalition, then the JD(S)-Congress combination gets reduced to 102 MLAs, falling short of BJP's 105 MLAs. But this excludes the BSP's 1 MLA and 2 Independent MLAs. With the reduced number of seats, the halfway mark has also been reduced to 105 with both BJP and the current government JD(S)-Congress-BSP) possess 105 seats.
While the BJP government may have the numbers to conduct a trust vote on the Assembly, they do not have the numbers to pull down the government which may continue as a minority government. Sources have reported that BJP may wait for the by-polls to assess the party's chances better.