Congress ready to settle demands of Rebel MLAs: DK Shivakumar
Amid the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka, Congress leader DK Shivakumar said that the party is ready to settle the demands of the rebel MLAs. Shivakumar said that rebel MLAs know about the law and if they skip or vote against the confidence motion, action will be initiated against them according to the law and they probably will lose their membership. Shivakumar further said,
“I have confidence in all our MLAs. They have been elected from Congress party and they have been there for a long period. They have fought like tigers in their domain and We’re getting signals that they will save our government,” added Shivakumar.
Shivakumar’s remark comes a day after rebel Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj announced that he was withdrawing his resignation and promised to bring back other rebel MLAs to the party fold. As part of efforts to reach out to dissident MLAs, Shivakumar met Nagaraj at latter’s residence on Saturday morning and camped there for more than four hours.
A total of 18 MLAs of the ruling coalition have submitted their resignations so far. This includes 13 from the Congress, three from the JD(S) and two independent MLAs. The government has also support of one BSP MLA. If the resignations of 18 MLA’s are accepted then BJP will form the government as the strength of the government will stand at 100 in 224-member House. BJP has 105 MLA and now enjoys the support of two independent MLAs as well.