Bengaluru: Two days after the coalition government in Karnataka suffered a setback with two Independent MLAs withdrawing their support, reports are rife that some disgruntled Congress MLAs could follow suit by resigning from the Assembly on Thursday, though the party has maintained that its flock is intact.
The Congress and JDS continued to present a picture of confidence about the brewing crisis blowing over, with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy saying things were “under control” and there was no reason for worry.
Refuting the horse-trading charges levelled by the Congress and JDS, state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa alleged that the ruling coalition was trying to poach his party lawmakers by offering them money and ministerial posts.
“We are not indulging in any poaching. It is CM Kumaraswamy who is indulging in horse-trading, not BJP, CM himself is offering money and ministerial posts,” he said.
As the ruling partners unleashed a scathing attack on the BJP on Wednesday for allegedly trying to topple the government, the saffron party MLAs continued to be ensconced at a resort in Gurugram, fearing poaching attempts.
According to Congress sources, a few ministers from the party have even offered to step down in the larger interest and to keep the coalition intact. The party leadership is also looking into the option, they added.
There are reports that a few of the Congress MLAs have gone incommunicado, with at least three to five of them camped in Mumbai along with a couple of BJP leaders.
It was not known how long the 104 BJP MLAs, who went to New Delhi to attend the party’s national council meeting but extended their stay, would remain cooped up in the resort.
Meanwhile, sources said BJP’s Karnataka unit chief B S Yeddyurappa is likely to hold a meeting with the party MLAs who are camping at the resort and discuss the prevailing situation in the state.
They said the BJP legislators will stay put in Gurugram till the party top leaders give the green signal to return to Karnataka.
On the other hand, Congress General Secretary K C Venugopal on Wednesday asserted that none of his party legislators were going to quit and said a clear picture would emerge by Thursday.
“Not even one MLA is going to quit Congress. I have contacted my MLAs, and therefore, I am telling you this very confidently. In fact, by Thursday evening, you will have a clear picture about Karnataka,” he said.
The BJP, however, claimed that the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka has lost majority and that the ruling coalition is on the verge of “collapse” due to its “internal contradictions”.
A senior BJP leader, who declined to be named, said the party will “wait and watch” as to how the differences within the alliance play out before taking a call on its next move.
“Let the state unit decide and then we will deliberate over it,” he said when asked if the BJP is looking to make a push for stalling its government in the southern state.