As the political crisis in Karnataka deepens, attempts to woo lawmakers continued on Sunday too with Congress Legislative Party (CLP) Leader and Former Chief Minister SG Siddaramaiah held a meeting with party leader and disgruntled legislator Ramalinga Reddy. While earlier in the day, Siddaramaiah held a meeting with party MLAs.
The party has also called a meeting of Legislature party today on the backdrop of BJP’s demand of trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly. Talking about the CLP meeting, Siddaramaiah on Sunday told media that meeting will be held on Monday before the start of Assembly Session.
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.
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 Congress–JD(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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