Karnataka political drams shifts to Goa

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 07 October 2010 23:05 IST

High political drama of Karnataka has shifted to Goa with 13 rebel ruling BJP legislators camping at Taj Exotica in Benaulim.

Opposition leader and local BJP leader Manohar Parrikar, who tried to barge in the resort, has alleged that the local ruling Congress leaders have kept the Karnataka BJP rebels under captive.

According to reports, Goa’s home minister Ravi Naik is personally camping in the resort and police have provided protection to the rebel BJP legislators.

Meanwhile, following BJP leader Janardhan Reddy, JDS leader Kumarswami has also arrived at Taj Exotica to lure the rebels in his party and topple Yedyurappa government in Karnataka.

Karnataka’s BJP government is presently facing a major political crisis as 19 ruling party MLAs have withdrawn their support yesterday. The 13 dissident MLAs then arrived in Goa today.

Desperate attempt to hold these MLAs on their side was then turned into a high drama between the Congress and the BJP as local leaders of both the parties rushed to the resort.

In order to avoid any eventuality of local BJP getting their hold over the rebels, their vehicles were changed thrice after they arrived at Dabolim air port at 1.15 pm today. Later on, their resort was also changed from Canacona to Benaulim, where PWD minister Churchill Alemao took over the captivity operation, along with home minister Naik.  

Parrikar, on the other hand, claimed that the rebels want to go back to Karnataka, but were not allowed by the Congress leaders.

Karnataka chief minister Yedyurappa has offered to face trust vote on Monday.

The BJP government had the support of 123 members, including a nominated member and six independents, in the 225-strong Assembly. The government has lost its majority as 19 MLAs (14 from the BJP and 5 independents) withdrew their support.

The rebels were initially taken to Chennai, but were then shifted to Kochi and then Goa as BJP leaders tried meeting them for reconciliation.

Karnataka witnessed unexpected happenings on Wednesday. Five MLAs led by ministers Narendra Swami and Anand Asnotikar, who had been in Chennai, met the Governor in the morning along with Janata Dal (S) leader HD Kumaraswamy and handed over the letter of withdrawal of support of 18 MLAs. Another MLA personally met the Governor and informed him of his decision to withdraw support to the government.

The recent problems arose over the discontent over the expansion of the ministry on September 22 and the land scam allegations against the CM and the IT-BT Minister Subrahmania Naidu.

The rebels were angered by the removal of Goolihatti Shekhar from the ministry and the non-inclusion of Gopalakrishna Belur of the Renukacharya group. HD Kumaraswamy, Janata Dal (S) state president and former CM, also played his part in intensifying matters.

The central BJP leadership and the RSS are making all efforts to save the first and the only BJP government in South India. The central leadership has entrusted senior leader and national vice-president Venkaiah Naidu for reconciliation and talks and to set matters right.

The Reddy brothers – Janardhana Reddy and Karunakara Reddy – who had earlier rebelled against the CM are now in the front for reconciliation moves. There are also reports that the rebels may be given more seats in the ministry if they return back.

Meanwhile, other parties in the state are also busy discussing ways of forming a new government once the BJP government falls. The Congress and the Janata Dal (S) held talks on Wednesday. Talks were held at the residence of the Opposition Leader Sidharamaiya at first and then later at a secret location between Sidharamaiya and Kumaraswamy, according to reports.

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It has been proved time and again that BJP and Congress are two opposite sides of same coin..Both believe in same mantra..POWER at any COST

- Amit Kamat, Gurgaon-Haryana | 08 th October 2010 15:32


It is painful to see all this drama taking place and the shameful bargaining and the struggle for grabbing the seats of power!

What would have Gandhiji felt- after seeing all this?

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 08 th October 2010 09:39


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