Wednesday, 17 July, 2019

Karnataka parties resort to Resort politics to prevent 'poaching'

Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru
Patty Aguilar | 13 July, 2019, 14:17

"So in my personal interest, I am quitting politics, for now, to start something afresh", he said.The development comes two days after 10 Goa Congress MLAs joined the BJP in the presence of its working president J P Nadda and Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant in Delhi on Thursday.

Speculations are rife that former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues and Atanasio Monserratte would be inducted in the cabinet along with Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo.

The source indicated that all three ministers of the GFP - Sardesai, Vinod Palyekar and Jayesh Salgaonkar - were expected to be dropped, along with Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, while Govind Gawde, another independent, will retain his berth. In his first cabinet reshuffle, Sawant had inducted MGP's breakaway MLA Deepak Pauskar after dropping then deputy chief minister Sudin Dhavalikar.

Sawant has the support by three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party and an Independent. "I have given them the instructions as per the orders from my high command", Mr Sawant was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Union minister of state for defence and senior BJP leader Shripad Naik said, "This issue should have been discussed at party level in the interest of the BJP".

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The debacle in the Lok Sabha polls appears to be leading to an implosion in the 134-year-old Congress, with the legislators and leaders dumping the grand old party in states amid chaos in its top leadership. "We have taken this decision to give good governance to the people", he said.

In his tweet, Swamy stated that the solution to the problem is to ask "Italians and progeny" to leave. "You can not put your ego before him (Pramod Sawant) or say if you do not do my work I will throw the government. He said he will seek the trust of the House", the Speaker told reporters in Bengaluru.

On Wednesday, in a dramatic turn of events, two-thirds (10 of the 15) MLAs of the CLP resigned and met the Speaker of the 40-member Assembly in their bid to merge with the ruling BJP.

Appearing for the 10 rebel MLAs, who have tendered their resignations to the Speaker, and want them to be accepted by him, senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi submitted that the Speaker of Karnataka Legislative Assembly should be held liable for contempt if he did not decide on resignations tendered by MLAs.

The shockers for the Congress in Karnataka and Goa came just about a month after 12 out of its 18 MLAs dumped the party in Telangana to join the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS).

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