Congress trusts that 1 MLA will withdraw its resignation; notes that other MLAs did not send a letter to the President
BENGALURU: The Congress in Karnataka, fighting against an internal crisis after the resignation of two MLA from the party, on Wednesday exuded the confidence that one of them could withdraw it and pointed out that the other had not yet sent his letter to the President.
Speaking to reporters, the party leader of the Congress legislature also reiterated his position that the BJP was conspiring to overthrow the JD-S (Congress) coalition government and that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of the Interior Amit Shah They were also involved in it.
He ruled out any 'reverse operation' of the Congress to try to steal MLA BJP as his 'Operation Lotus', a strategy adopted by the party in 2008 to shore up their numbers in the assembly by making the opposition MLAs resign and seek re-election in the Saffron party ticket. The announcement of resignations by Vijayanagara MLA Anand Singh and Gokak MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi on Monday delivered a double blow to the 13-month JD (S) Congress coalition government led by H D Kumaraswamy.
Only Anand Singh has given (resigned), we are talking to him. He can retire, said Siddaramaaih in Myusuru.
When asked if he could contact Singh, he said no, we have contacted him through someone else and he has spoken to him.
He (Singh) has given reasons such as the land problem of JSW Steel among others, but all these can not be reasons (for resignation). Let's talk is what I have communicated ... we will convince him, he said, adding that the dissatisfaction among the MLA may be due to several reasons, but Anand Singh did not resign because he was not named minister.
Singh, who sent his resignation to the president on Monday, had said he had decided to resign over several lawsuits, including the creation of a separate district of Vijayangar and the cancellation of the approval for the sale of 3,667 acres of land to JSW Steel in Ballari, a mine rich in mines. district.
However, it seemed that he had not closed the doors completely, saying that he would wait for answers (from the government to his demands) when asked if he would withdraw the resignation.
Maintaining that Ramesh Jarkiholi has not resigned, Siddaramaiah said that his resignation has not reached the President, but was only reported in the media.
The same speaker Ramesh Kumar has said he has not received it, said Siddaramaiah.
The President also said that only one legislator had sent him his resignation and that he would act in accordance with the rules, although he was not aware of the resignation of the second MLA.
Noting his displeasure at the fact that Singh handed a copy of his resignation to Governor Vajubhai R Vala, the spokesman said that an MLA should have an idea of who to submit the resignation to, how it should be done and who has responsibility for it. Get rid of her.
The speaker on Tuesday had also taken a strong exception by sending the resignations by fax.
Jarkiholi had told the media on Monday that he was in Mumbai and had sent his letter of resignation by fax and that he would personally give it to the spokesperson on Tuesday.
However, he did not appear.
Meanwhile, Siddaramaiah reiterated his allegations that BJP was behind the political developments in the state as part of his plans to overthrow this government.
Amit Shah is doing it; Narendra Modi is also involved in it. All those in BJP are involved, he said.
Congress will not participate in any reverse operation to attract BJP MLAs, he said in response to a question. If the need arises, let's see ... but I'm not interested in the operation kamala (Lotus) or the operation Congress. No one should do it in a democracy Several congressional leaders, including State Minister RB Timmapur, warned on Tuesday of an inverse operation against BJP, getting an abrupt response from the head of state unit BS Yeddyurappa, who challenged them to carry it out and said the saffron party it would stay united.
However, JD (S) Minister GT Devegowda, who had been surprised by his statement absolving BJP leaders of his alleged participation in the overthrow of the government, said on Wednesday that he respects his statement on Tuesday, giving a clear response to Modi and Shah saying they were not involved in the recent political developments in the state.
Siddaramaiah had Tuesday hit back at Gowda's statement stating that the minister lacks correct information, and both Amith Shah and Prime Minister were involved in toppling the state government. I still stand by what I have said ... it is true that initially BJP started it (attempts to destabilize), but after the Modi government came in, it has stopped what I said, Gowda told reporters in Mysuru when asked about Siddaramaiah's comments. I have said Kumaraswamy will be stable as chief minister of Karnataka and will run the administration for four more years, Narendra Modi will run the administration for five years at the Center ... people have given separate verdicts to country and for the state, I have added
Congress fears that there will be more resignations from disgruntled MLAs from the ruling Congress-JD (S) coalition that will activate a number game in the assembly.
The strength of the coalition in the assembly of 224 members is located in 118 (Congress-78, JD (S) -37, BSP-1 and Independent-2), in addition to the Speaker. The BJP has 105 MLAs.