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As the political crisis in Karnataka deepens, attempts to woo lawmakers continued on Saturday too disgruntled Congress Lawmaker MTB Nagaraj on Saturday walked in to meet Congress Legislative Party (CLP) Leader SG Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru.

The meeting between the two leaders came at the residence of Former Chief Minister’s residence. Apart from the two MLAs, Congress legislator Zameer Khan was also present in the meeting. The meeting came hours after disgruntled MLA MTB Nagaraj meet Congress Leader DK Shivakumar.

It should be noted that Hoskote MLA MTB Nagaraj along with Chikballapur MLA Congress MLA Dr. K Sudhakar had resigned from the Karnataka Assembly on July 10.

However, after meeting the Congress Minster DK Shivakumar, Nagaraj said he will speak to K Sudhakar Rao and then see what is to be done.

READ: Karnataka Crisis: Rebel MLA Roshan Baig, others move to SC against Speaker for ‘not accepting’ resignations

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Addressing the media after 3 hour-long meeting with DK Shivakumar, MTB Nagaraj said, ‘Situation was such that we submitted our resignations but now DK Shivakumar and others came and requested us to withdraw resignations, I will speak to K Sudhakar Rao’.

‘I will what can be done, after all, I have spent decades in Congress’, said Hoskote Legislator after the meeting with Congress Minister DK Shivakumar.

DK Shivakumar, after the meeting, ‘We have worked for 40 years for the party, there are ups and downs in every family. We should forget everything and move forward. Happy that MTB Nagaraj has assured us he will stay with Us’.

It should be noted that Former Chief Minister SG Siddaramaiah on Friday asserted that he is confident that the coalition government will win the vote of trust in the Karnataka Assembly.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday announced that he will prove his majority in the State Assembly. Chief Minister has asked the Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to fix a time saying that he would seek a floor test.

In the meantime, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered Assembly Speaker to maintain status quo in connection with the resignation of 10 rebel MLAs of Congress and JD-S who tendered their resignation on Thursday. The Top Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the Court will hear the matter again on Tuesday, July 16.

The 13-months old coalition government suffered a huge setback on Saturday last week when 11 MLAs from CongressJD(S) ruling coalition tendered their resignation. And thereafter political episode and drama started in Karnataka. Later on, many other MLAs also tendered their resignation taking the tally to over 15 till now.

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