- Congress Rebel MLA BC Patil is seen watching the India versus New Zealand Semi Final clash even as Karnataka has slipped into a political crisis
- In the video the rebel MLA BC Patil is comfortable seated in a hotel sofa and watching the match and chatting
- The rebel MLAs have been moved from Mumbai to Goa
The state of Karnataka is in political crisis with the citizens feeling betrayed and politicians indulging in allegations of horse trading, hotel hopping and plans of reshuffling the state cabinet. However, seems as if not all leaders are bothered about the mess that the state has slipped into. In the video accessed by Republic, Congress Rebel MLA BC Patil is seen watching the India versus New Zealand Semi Final clash even as the state's administration has fractured.
In the video the rebel MLA BC Patil is comfortable seated in a hotel sofa and watching the match and chatting. The rebel MLAs have been moved from Mumbai to Goa after 13 dissident MLAs — 10 of the Congress and 3 of the JD(S) — submitted their resignations to the Assembly Speaker's office.
Here are the series of events that led to the current situation of political mess in the state:
- 8 MLAs handed over their resignations to state Assembly Speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar. H Vishwanath, Mahesh Kumathalli, BC Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Shivaram Hebbar, Narayan Gowda, Pratap Gowda, and Ramalinga Reddy triggered the first wave of resignations.
- Close on heels three more Congress MLAs- Byrathi Basavaraj, ST Somashekar, and Munirathna submitted their resignations too. Apart from these MLAs, Soumya Reddy and Gopalaiah had reportedly handed over their resignations, bringing the total number of resignations to 13.
- Former Karnataka Home Minister and seven-time Congress MLA confirmed that he had resigned from his post, triggering Congress Committee General Secretary KC Venugopal to be rushed to Bengaluru, to control the damage.
- In an exclusive scoop, the Leader of Opposition Yeddyurappa's aide of BJP leader was photographed standing outside the hotel where the rebelling JD(S) leaders were staying.
- Rebel MLAs move to Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai, HD Kumaraswamy returns back from US, meets the party members at Taj West End Hotel as the hotel hopping and five star crisis begins yet again in the state.
- While Congress accused the BJP of horse trading, BJP leader Yeddyurappa dismissed charges of horsetrading and said that the party did not have any role to play in the ongoing crisis in Karnataka.
- Yeddyurappa on Monday demanded that CM HD Kumaraswamy resign immediately as the government did not have the majority anymore. He also claimed that 107 are in its fold.
- The Congress ministers including Deputy CM G Parameshwara tendered their resignations to the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee chief Dinesh Gundu Rao. All the JD(S) ministers also resigned from the post. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that there will be complete reshuffle and the government wil run smoothly.
- Siddaramaiah said that ministers have resigned and the coalition will accommodate the rebel MLAs and the rule of JD(S) Congress will continue in the state.
- Siddaramaiah targeted BJP, alleging that the saffron party is trying to destabilise the Congress-JD(S) government. Speaking to media on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah also cited the anti-defection law in the Constitution, saying that the MLAs who have resigned will be disqualified from holding any position.
- Responding to Siddaramaiah's statement, Congress rebel MLA ST Somashekhar who has resigned, said that people of Karnataka are not happy with the 'Maitri' (coalition) government. "Karnataka people did not start liking the coalition government. Now we have resigned, the coalition government has become 104," he said.
- Amidst the relocation of the current MLAs to resorts to curb defection, the Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, on Tuesday has said that of the 13 resignations he has received, 8 are not filed according to the law.
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.