Karnataka political crisis: CM back from the US to save his coalition government from falling
Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy returned to the city on Sunday night from a week-long private visit to the US and held parleys with the ruling Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leaders on the party's three MLAs resigning along with nine
The resignations have created a crisis of survival for the state's Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) coalition government.
"Kumaraswamy returned from the US to New Delhi in the evening by an
The Chief Minister then drove to a hotel in the city and discussed the crisis arising out of the rebels' resignation with party supremo and his father H.D. Deve Gowda and other leaders, including state PWD Minister and his elder brother H.D. Revenna.
On Monday, Kumaraswamy will hold talks with Congress leaders, including its state in-charge K.C. Venugopal, legislature party leader Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara and state unit president Dinesh Gundu Rao to resolve the crisis threatening the year-old coalition government.
Though Deve Gowda advised Kumaraswamy to wait for Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar's decision on the resignations, others want him to call the party rebels back from Mumbai and ask them to withdraw their resignations before the Speaker acts on them.
"Our three rebel legislators (A.H. Vishwanath, Gopalaiah and
JD-S Ministers G.T. Deve Gowda, C.S. Puttaraju and Sa Ra Mahesh have offered to resign so that the party's three rebels can be pacified and inducted in a Cabinet reshuffle.
"Kumaraswamy will discuss with the Congress leaders if it will also induct some of its rebels in the 34-member Cabinet ministry by dropping an equal number of its ministers," Babu added.