Congress blames BJP for the resignation of the MLA; says safe government
BENGALURU: One day after two of his MLAs filed their resignations, Congress entered into damage control mode on Tuesday, as it tried to approach disgruntled lawmakers and claimed that its coalition government with JD (S) was safe .
Shaken by the double blow, Congress also accused the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of the Interior Amit Shah of making attempts to overthrow the D D Kumaraswamy government of 13 months, an accusation rejected by the saffron party.
Raising his eyebrows, a JD (S) minister, however, gave a clean tap to Modi and Shah saying they were not involved in state policy.
According to the sources of the Congress, the former prime minister and the party head of the congressional legislature, which has assumed the main role of keeping the flock together, has been reaching disgruntled MLAs, considered vulnerable, since Monday.
There is a concern that some MLAs that were allegedly in contact with the BJP may follow in the footsteps of Anand Singh and Ramesh Jarkiholi, who sent their resignations as legislators to speaker Ramesh Kumar on Monday.
The developments dealt a double blow to the faltering government of JD (S) -Congress with another phase of uncertainty that was looming due to its stability.
Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah alleged that BJP was behind the resignation of the MLA and that the party wanted to overthrow the government and come to power.
... is the conspiracy of BJPs. They are the ones who are trying to attract our MLAs ... They have the thirst for power, so they are making those attempts, he accused.
Amit Shah himself is doing this. The Prime Minister is also involved in this. To pull down this government, they are offering money, they are offering power, I have alleged.
During the last year, they tried to overthrow the government, but they were not successful. Once again they have begun, they will not succeed, he added.
I was responding to a question about the statement of the leader of JD (S) and the minister of higher education, G T Devegowda, that same day, in Mysuru, who gave a clean piece to Modi and Shah.
... they (PM and Shah) are thinking about what to do for the nation, on the issue of Kashmir, how to deal with the United States and China. Modi has promised a friendly budget for farmers on July 5. No one should blame the leadership of BJP. he said.
Interestingly, the leader and chief minister of JD (D), D Kumaraswamy, who is in the United States in a tweet, accused the BJP on Monday of dreaming of destabilizing his government.
Rejecting the accusation by Congress that the BJP was behind the resignation of its two MLAs, the head of the Karnataka unit of the B S Yeddyurappa party said it was a tactic to hide differences within the ruling party.
Faced with threats from several congressional leaders, including Minister R B Timmapur, of an inverse operation against the BJP, he said that they had been saying this for the past three months and challenged them to carry it out. We are all together, 105 MJ of BJP are united, he said, adding that none can be attracted.
The Congress is willing to spread the situation quickly, since any other resignation by the disgruntled MLAs of the ruling coalition will cause a set of numbers in the assembly.
The strength of the coalition in the assembly of 224 members is 118 (Congress-78, JD (S) -37, BSP-1 and Independent-2), in addition to the President. The BJP has 105 MLA.
If the resignation of two MLAs is accepted, the strength of the harvester will be reduced to 116 against half of the mark of 113.
However, expressing confidence that the two MLAs will not go to BJP, Siddaramaiah said: I can not contact them (Singh and Jarkiholi) by phone, I will talk to them and convince them. In my opinion, no MLA will be a hundred percent secure government.
The minister of problem solving and Minister D K Shivakumar also said that there was no need to panic and that the government will complete its full mandate.
We know who is playing what game and we are moving what pawn, there is medicine for everything, he added.
The deputy prime minister, G Parameshwara, tried to blame the BJP for the development and said that a cabinet subcommittee was formed to analyze the land issue at JSW Steel as pointed out by Anand Singh.
On the other hand, on Tuesday Singh reiterated his demands and clarified that he was not blackmailing the party.
I have not asked for the position of minister or anything. I want development for my people, he told reporters in Ballari.
Singh, a former BJP member who joined Congress before the May 2018 assembly elections, resigned citing several problems, including the decision to sell land to JSW Steel in the mineral-rich Ballari district.
Ramesh Jarkiholi, who has been angry since being expelled from the cabinet last year, had also sent his resignations to the president of the Assembly.
Meanwhile, speaker KR Ramesh Kumar told reporters in Kolar that Jarkiholi had not met him to deliver his resignation or spoken to him.
In Singh's resignation, he said that he had received and that he would take additional measures according to the rules once he returned.
The speaker, who visited his office in Vidhana Soudha here later during the day, opposed sending faxes by resignation.
Let them (MLA) care about your language before talking to the media about all these issues. One must be careful when dealing with the speaker and the speaker's office ... What does it mean to send (resign) by fax? Visibly annoying Kumar told reporters.
Jarkiholi had told a local television station on Monday that he was in Mumbai and that he had sent his resignation letter by fax and that he would personally give it to the spokesman on Tuesday.
Reports say that Jarkiholi is expected to meet with the speaker on Wednesday