Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, July 13:- As the political imbroglio continued in Karnataka, senior Congress leaders Saturday began backchannel negotiations to persuade the disgruntled MLAs, who have resigned from the Assembly, dealing a blow to the coalition government.
A day after Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy made a surprise announcement in the Assembly that he would seek a trust vote, efforts were intensified to reach out to the dissident legislators.
Congress’ troubleshooter and Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar reached the residence of Housing Minister M T B Nagaraj at about 5 am and camped there for almost four-and-a-half hours, trying to pacify him.
According to reports, Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Parameshwara too reached Nagaraj’s house to convince him to withdraw the resignation. Nagaraj had resigned from the MLA post on Wednesday.
A similar attempt was on to persuade MLAs Ramalinga Reddy, Munirathna and R Roshan Baig.
Sources in Janata Dal (Secular) said Kumaraswamy is in direct talks with at least four Congress legislators, who have resigned, and was hopeful that they would withdraw their resignation.
In a bid to keep the flock together ahead of the floor test that is likely during the coming week, both the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) shifted their MLAs to hotel and resorts.
Commenting on the developments, BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa said these efforts would not yield any result as the fall of the government was “imminent.”
“There’s confusion in Congress and JD(S) due to which the MLAs are fleeing the party. A systematic conspiracy is going on to bring the MLAs back,” Yeddyurappa told reporters here. “The atmosphere is chaotic and the fall of the government is imminent,” the state BJP chief said.
Claiming that the state government has lost the majority, he said seeking the vote of confidence was “meaningless.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies)