Crisis of Karnataka: the Congress seeks the disqualification of the rebellious MLA; one more closes
BENGALURU: Fighting to save the coalition government in Karnataka Congress sought the intervention of the assembly speaker on Tuesday to disqualify its rebel lawmakers and accused the BJP of using the power of money to lure its members after another MLA resigned from the party.
In a counteroffensive after 13 MLAs resigned on Saturday hitting the 13-month-old government, a delegation of congressional leaders met with President KR Ramesh Kumar and filed the petition seeking, under the anti-defection law, the disqualification of rebel legislators online with the decision taken The Congress of the Party Legislature (CLP) on Tuesday.
The move comes a day after all the ministers of the Congress-JD (S) coalition government resigned, paving the way for a cabinet reshuffle to accommodate disgruntled lawmakers.
Even when the CLP made the decision to submit a petition to the speaker, Shivajinagar MLA R member Roshan Baig, who was recently suspended for alleged antiparty activities, included in his documents.
Today I submitted my resignation from the Karnataka Assembly to the speaker, Baig told reporters here, three days after 13 MLA - 10 of the Congress and three of JD (S) - resigned the government headed by H D Kumaraswamy.
However, the MLA rebels who camp in Maharashtra appeared undeterred by the Congress disqualification movement and said there was no doubt that they would withdraw their resignations.
There is no doubt that we will withdraw our resignation. We have voluntarily resigned and we have not carried out any antiparty activity, said the MLA S T Somasekhar Congress to the reporters.
Two other rebel MLAs, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Byrati Basavaraj, also echoed similar views.
Informing the media after meeting with the President, the president of the state Congress, Dinesh Gundu Rao, said that according to the decision of the CLP, they filed the petition seeking an action against the MLAs that have resigned and have joined the BJP to overthrow the government.
The anti-defection law applies to them, he said, adding that the president will take other measures. I hope they are disqualified to save. democracy .
The speaker, who was expected to examine the resignations presented by the 13 MLAs on Tuesday, later said he had asked Congress leaders to submit material evidence, if any (in support of his request) on July 11 and, by listening to them, I would decide In the next course of action.
Previously, the CLP meeting, the first after the current crisis hit the government, saw 20 MLA, including the 11 who had submitted their resignations, absent.
Conference sources said seven ALMs had requested permission to skip the meeting due to health reasons, among other reasons.
Upon leaving the meeting, the CLP leader and the former prime minister asked the party MLAs who had refused to return or face the consequences.
He alleged that these rebel MLAs have conspired with BJP and, at the behest of the BJP, these people are trapped.
The general secretary of the AICC, KC Venugopal, Gundu Rao, the acting president of KPCC, Eshwar Khandre, the deputy prime minister, G Parameshwara, among others, were present at the meeting.
However, the party decided not to seek the disqualification of Ramalinga Reddy, seven times from the MLA, as he made it clear that he was not resigning from the game, Rao said.
The leaders of the Congress and the MLA made a dharna in front of the statue of Gandhi in Vidhana Soudha, the secretary of state, for one hour, after which they presented the petition to the President.
Noting that the act of MLAs attracted provisions of the anti-defection law, Siddaramaiah said along with disqualification, I hope the Speaker will act according to the provisions of the act.
He alleged that the BJP in an undemocratic manner has been pleased to destabilize the democratically elected governments in Karnataka and other states.
Siddaramaiah claimed since the coalition government was formed in Karnataka , the feast of saffron had been continually and constantly trying to tear it down.
Five times they have tried to destabilize the government, this is their sixth attempt, they are trying to destabilize this government, he said, while claiming that the national leaders of the party, including the prime minister Narendra Modi and Minister of the Interior Amit Shah They were directly involved.
The BJP has been rejecting the accusations of its participation in the resignation of the MLA.
Siddaramaiah also said that all MLAs were asked to attend the assembly session, beginning July 12, without fail.
The CLP meeting discussed ongoing political developments and all the MLAs that attended reiterated their party loyalty, he said.
Alleging that BJP was luring the MLAs with money, I questioned where did the money come from? With money power and political power they are trying to destabilize the government.
Some of our MLA have fallen into the trap of the BJP, I do not know if they have understood the provisions of the law or not, the provisions of the 10th Schedule of the law against defection said.
The ruling coalition faces the threat of losing its majority if the resignations of the rebel MLA are accepted.
The total strength of the JD (S) -Congress coalition is 116 (Congress-78, JD (S) -37 and BSP-1) in addition to the speaker.
With the support of the two independents, who on Monday resigned from the ministry, the BJP has 107 MLA in the 224-member Chamber, where the half-way mark is 113.
If the resignations of the 14 MLA are accepted, the coalition count will be reduced to 102. The speaker also has one vote.