The suspense continues in Karnataka with the rebel MLAs not coming to terms with the party leadership to end the row. The Speaker, however, declared that nine of the 13 resignations were not in the stipulated format and said that he would not take a decision. He also deferred the decision on the remaining resignations. The rebel MLAs, then went back to Mumbai where they are staying.
Meanwhile, in Karnataka, Congress leader and former chief minister Siddharamaiah met the Speaker and requested him to disqualify the MLAs. Siddharamaiah also held the Congress Legislature Party meeting on Tuesday for which 20 MLAs did not turn up further deepening the crisis. The Congress leadership had warned the MLAs of disqualifying them all if they failed to come to terms. The leadership had also promised to accommodate them in the Cabinet. Accordingly, all the Ministers in the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government have resigned to facilitate the party leadership and Chief Minister Kumaraswamy to reshuffle the Cabinet.
Even the JDS rebel MLAs are also not coming down. They are not even ready for talks with Deve Gowda or chief minister Kumaraswamy. They are put in a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Though Kumaraswamy had called for a meeting where he tried to infuse confidence among the legislators on the survival of his government. Four of the JDS MLAs have raised banner of revolt, while the remaining 33 MLAs are intact with the chief minister.
The BJP, on its part, is making its moves fast to take the situation in its favour. Though the BJP top leadership denies its role in the present crisis, it is suspected that the top BJP leadership had engineered this crisis and is trying to pull down the government any time. The BJP has two options – to form the next government or go for the fresh elections. The BJP is confident that the party would come back to power with thumping majority if elections are held now.
As it appears, it might take three to four days from now for the crisis to be resolved and the government settles down to its regular work, for which people of Karnataka are waiting.