Chief Minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy amid the political crisis in the state has taken to Twitter to accuse the BJP government of Maharashtra of manhandling the ministers and the MLAs. He has said that Mumbai Police is acting at the behest of Mumbai Police. However, in a shocking video accessed by Republic TV, his coalition partner Congress and its leaders are seen manhandling a rebel MLA.
In the video, Congress MLA Dr. K Sudhakar who has resigned is held captive in KJ George's room to convince him to take back resignation inside the Vidhan Soudha. The video shows that he is being heckled and the Congress leaders held him and pushed him while the rebel MLA resisted the attempts. As per sources he is forcefully held hostage inside KJ George's chamber.
In what may be called as a deperate attempt by the JD(S) Congress coalition to continue power in the state of Karnataka, the MLAs are being mandled by the party. Sources present at the venue said that former chief minister Siddaramaiah also has gone inside KJ George's chamber. This comes after Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar confirmed on Wednesday, that two more Congress MLAs Dr. K Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj have tendered their resignations in the prescribed format, bringing the total number of resignations tendered to 16 MLAs of the ruling state government.
Even as the development is taking place, the accusation of horse trading and manhandling by the BJP has remain constant by the coalition leaders. Here is HD Kumaraswamy's tweet:
The state of Karnataka is amid political turmoil after a total of 14 MLAs have resigned and the JD(S) - Congress coalition is hanging by a thread. Chief Minister of the state HD Kumaraswamy and Congress leader, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is trying hard to keep the flock together and are issuing statements that can act as an assuage to the condition of coalition in the state. With Congress chief Rahul Gandhi publically offering his resignation and no clarity on the next party president and internal tussle in the party between members like Milind Deora-Sanjay Nirupam,etc, Karnataka political crisis comes as a huge setback for the Grand-old party.
Amid the context in which Karnataka's crisis is unfolding for the Congress party, there is a lot happening in various locations as the war for power in the state continues.
On Saturday, 13 Congress-JD(S) MLAs had resigned including 1 Independent. The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength came down to 117 after (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-1) after independent MP Nagesh withdrew his support from the government, besides the Speaker.
If the resignations of the 13 Congress-JD(S) MLAs are accepted by the Speaker, the Congress-JD(S) coalition’s numbers will come down to 104, besides the vote of the Speaker. If the Speaker accepts the 13 resignations, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will come down to 212 out of 225, which will leave the half-way mark to 106. As the saffron party has 107 MLAs in its support now, it can successfully form the government in the state.