The rebel MLAs in Karnataka are continuing to insist on their resignations pushing the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in deeper crisis. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, former chief minister and coalition chairman Siddharamaiah could not do much to iron out the differences and resolve the issue. They could only make the ministers in the cabinet to resign giving hints to the rebels that they would be taken into the government. However, none of the rebel MLAs have come back.
The number of dissidents increased from 13 on the other day to 15 today giving sleepless nights to the Congress and the JDS leadership. The Congress had sent its senior leader Venugopal to handle the issue. He held talks with Siddharamaiah and Kumaraswamy on the issue but could not resolve the issue. The rebel MLAs are not in favour of any talks with the leadership and insist on the Speaker accepting their resignations. Following this, the Congress and the JDS have petitioned the speaker not to accept the resignations of the 15 MLAs.
The opposition Bharaitya Janata Party is closely monitoring the revolt. In fact, the BJP’s role is clearly seen with the party MP hosing the camp for the rebel MLAs in a star hotel in Mumbai. They were also taken to Mumbai in the chartered flight belonging to the BJP MP. However, Union defence minister and senior BJP leader, Rajanth Singh had denied the party’s role in the Karnataka crisis or the crisis in the AICC. “Rahul Gandhi had resigned. Several senior leaders in the Congress are resigning. Some MLAs in Karnataka too have resigned. What is there for the BJP to be blamed?” Rajnath Singh asked in the Parliament when the issue was raised on Monday.
The top leadership of the Congress, which is neck deep involved in the crisis with the resignation of Rahul Gandhi as AICC president, finds no time to resolve the Karnataka crisis. If this is so, it may not take more than 24 hours for the Congress to lose power to the BJP in the southern state. It is to be seen whether the Congress would retain power here or lose it to the BJP in the next 24 hours.