Karnataka hangs as cross-talks continue

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 08 October 2010 21:15 IST

Parrikar pacifying angry supporters

Karnataka’s political crisis is still unresolved. Both the BJP and the opposition are trying hard to woo the 19 rebel MLAs, with no solution is sight till now.

Nine BJP rebels and five independents are still camping in the Taj Exotica Resort at Benaulim while the ambience outside the resort has become hot with political activists and media persons camping there since yesterday.

Intensive deliberations by local opposition leader Manohar Parrikar and Karnataka’s tourism minister Janardhan Reddy was on throughout the day.

Though Parrikar expressed confidence that the rebels would return to Karnataka tomorrow with a decision to continue their support to Yedyurappa government, his continued deliberations was a clear indication that they have not succeeded in arriving an amicable settlement.

On the other hand, JDS leader Kumarswamy returned to Karnataka today afternoon, while claiming that the crisis would be resolved in next 48 hours. Indirectly, he also admitted that toppling the BJP-led government is still not a reality.

“I don’t want to answer hypothetical questions”, he told the media when he was asked whether he is confident of forming alternate government in Karnataka.

According to him, the ball is in the court of the rebel BJP legislators as well as the Congress. “We are already sitting in the opposition”, he quipped.

The Yedyurappa government has swung into minority after 19 ruling party MLAs including 14 BJP legislators withdrew support to the BJP-led government in a 225-strong Karnataka Assembly.

Meanwhile the corridors of Taj exotica continued to remain heated for the second day.

Goa’s former Congress minister Sanjay Bandekar, who is father-in-law of BJP’s dropped minister Anand Asnotikar, told the media that the local Congress government provided police security to the rebel MLAs based on a request made by them.

Parrikar, who had yesterday claimed that five MLAs want to go back but are being kept hostage by the Congress, also did not succeed in sending them back to Karnataka.

It appears that the political drama may continue till Sunday as Yedyurappa is facing a floor test on Monday, 11 October.

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All this horse trading is shameful for every Indian!

Hiring special planes, keeping these people in 5star hotels and purchasing them to topple the Government every now and then may involve crores and crores of unaccounted money swindled and looted by the corrupt politicians while in power- from the tax payer's kitty!

What are the Tax authorities and vigilance people doing? If they open their eyes and take action- may be they can catch huge sums of black money changing hands!

- james silva, margao | 10 th October 2010 09:06


All such things may be the direct outcome of the persons without values, ideologies and morals, manipulating their way to power!

The extreme greed and selfishness makes them play such games at the cost of the tax payer!

The leaders talk of our Democracy being great! But is it really great? Calling all this great is nothing but fooling ourselves!

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 09 th October 2010 15:28


What kind of a democratic system is this ? Kidnapping, keeping confined, laying hostage, forcible physical removal from voting, are they not elected democratically, in a free and fair manner ? If the elected representatives are not allowed to express freely what is expected by the common man in such a situation such as, when voting during elections ? Can it be free and fair taking into account that candidates know exactly who voted and who did not ? The problem is dissidents are not disciplined or removed by respective parties.

- ludovico, Old-Goa | 09 th October 2010 12:53


Pros are more loyal & honest than politicians..........

- Shekhar, Panaji | 09 th October 2010 10:29


Looking at all this fuss/bargaining/dissidence/ and toppling game all the time, the common man gets fed up! The best thing would have to adopt the Presidential system in place of the present system!

The Presidential system has the flexibility of appointing the competent people even from the opposition as is seen in US.

Here the PM has to keep everybody happy and appoint people from his own party howsoever inefficient they prove to be!

- Vishwas Prabhudesai, Loliem | 09 th October 2010 09:46


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