JD(S)-Congress coalition hopes hinge on swaying four dissidents
A senior leader in JD(S)-Congress are hoping that at a minimum of four of their disgruntled MLAs who have resigned, who have to change the decision and withdraw their resignations by Kumaraswamy’s trust vote.
The total of 16 MLAs have resigned from the Assembly, but the coalition is especially banking on CLP leader Siddaramaiah’s loyalists- ST Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj, and N Muniratna- to change their decision and back to Bengaluru from Mumbai.
A senior Congress leader said, “Even three MLAs will do since we are confident senior Congress leader R Ramalinga Reddy will vote in our favor.” Congress and JD(S) leaders have given up trying to lure rebels back to the fold.
BJP has defeated in the trust vote, it will need the strength of the Assembly to quit to 208 from the present 224. Believing the 15 MLAs present in Mumbai hotel, and also two independents, who have quit, but have sworn allegiance to the BJP-abstain from voting, the strength of the House would fall to 209. All BJP needs- Ramalinga Reddy, Anand Singh, and Roshan Baig- who are in Bengaluru, to abstain to defeating trust vote.
According to the reports senior leader including CM HDK and Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, DK Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah has to persuade disgruntled MLAs to withdraw their resignations. Almost a day left for the trust vote, the writing appears support for Kumaraswamy-led government. Political analyst Sandeep Shastri was of the view that Congress and JD(S) leaders have completely defeated.
“The SC’s verdict will not make much of a difference to the political situation in Karnataka,” Shastri said. “At the end of the day, if the MLAs are serious about resining, whether disqualified or not, the speaker is bound to accept their resignations and that places the government in a minority.”