Karnataka CM calls for JD(S) legislature party meet tomorrow

Bengaluru: With fresh dissidence surfacing in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy calls for meeting of JD(S) legislature party tomorrow to discuss the political developments in the state.

The threat by rebel Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi along with other legislators to quit the party, the CM discussed the situation with deputy chief minister G Parameshwara and senior Minister D K Shivakumar.

This comes days after the BJP chief in State B S Yeddyurappa said that the government led by Kumaraswamy would collapse after the 23 May election results.

“We don’t have any apprehension about the collapse of the government as being claimed by the BJP,” said the CM regarding the issue. The government is stable, he asserted, adding they held discussions with the chief minister about facing drought situation in parts of the state.

Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said that the Congress has made efforts to reach out to Jarkiholi. “We have been trying every day on coming to know thathe has come to Bengaluru. I tried to speak to him, but he was not available. All of us are trying. None of us want to lose a friend like him. He too has worked for the party from the youth Congress level… we don’t want to let go of him easily,” he said.

“If he resigns, the seat which he is representing as MLA will fall vacant, as we still have four years. So we will have to fill this seat by holding by-election..we will prepare for that,” he added.

NT Bureau