Karnataka crisis Will be happiest if rival Mallikarjun Kharge is made Karnataka

first_imgKarnataka crisis: Will be happiest if rival Mallikarjun Kharge is made Karnataka CM, says BJP MPBJP MP Umesh Jadhav’s statement comes against the backdrop of the political imbroglio in the State following the resignation of 16 disgruntled coalition MLAs and speculation that some of them want somebody else as chief minister other than HD Kumaraswamy to resolve the crisis.advertisement Next Press Trust of India BengaluruJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 21:13 IST Mallikarjun Kharge. (File photo: PTI)As Congress and JDS leaders in Karnataka made hectic efforts to mollify its rebel legislators and save the coalition government, a BJP MP Saturday said he would be the happiest person if arch rival Mallikarjun Kharge is made Chief Minister.”I will welcome it. If a Dalit becomes chief minister, I will be the happiest person,” said BJP MP Umesh Jadhav who defeated Kharge in the Lok Sabha election from Gulbarga.His statement comes against the backdrop of the political imbroglio in the State following the resignation of 16 disgruntled coalition MLAs and speculation that some of them want somebody else as chief minister other than HD Kumaraswamy to resolve the crisis.A section of dalit leaders in the Congress were reportedly clamouring to be made the CM from one among them.The BJP MP also maintained that it was not he but the people of Gulbarga who defeated Kharge.Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had recently lashed out at the BJP for not inducting a Dalit MP from Karnataka in the Union Cabinet, saying “upliftment” of the community will not happen just by “talking big.”Retaliating, the Karnataka BJP had asked him to make veteran party leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who lost in the Lok Sabha polls, the Chief Minister,if he really cared for Dalits.People are also aware that it was Siddaramaiah who prevented G Parameshwara (now Deputy Chief Minister) from becoming the Chief Minister as he was a Dalit, the party alleged.Asked about the current political developments in Karnataka, Jadhav told reporters at Kempegowda International Airport here he has come for the admission of his son at a college and expressed ignorance about the political uncertainty.The MP said he was focusing only on the development of Gulbarga from where he got elected.Jadhav was the first disgruntled Congress MLA to quit the party and join the BJP.As a Congress MLA, he had aligned with rebel Congress MLAs Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumathalli and B Nagendra.The Congress had even sought their disqualification for ignoring the pary whip to attend the budget session but Jadhav resigned from the party, joined BJP, contested the Lok Sabha election and defeated Kharge.Also Read | BJP threatening, forcing MLAs to switch, says Abhishek Banerjee after 10 TMC councillors rejoin partyAlso Read | 107 Congress, TMC, CPM MLAs will join BJP, claims Mukul RoyAlso Watch | Leaderless Congress headed towards self-destruction?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow KhargeFollow BJPFollow Karnataka CMFollow Karnataka crisislast_img

BJP threatening MLAs to switch says Abhishek Banerjee after 10 TMC councillors

first_img Next BJP threatening, forcing MLAs to switch, says Abhishek Banerjee after 10 TMC councillors rejoin partySeveral TMC MLAs and over 50 municipal councillors had last month joined the BJP after it made deep inroads in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls.advertisement Asian News International KolkataJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 20:55 IST Abhishek Banerjee has accused the BJP of threatening and forcing the TMC councillors to join the saffron party. (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSBanerjee claimed that others, too, are in contact with TMCIt is BJP’s tendency to try and bloat their numbers, he saidEarlier, Mukul Roy had announced that 107 MLAs will join BJPTen Trinamool Congress councillors, who had joined the BJP recently, have rejoined the party on Saturday, party MP Abhishek Banerjee said on Saturday. He also accused the BJP of threatening and forcing the councillors to join it.”Some councillors from Kanchrapara and Halisahar had joined the BJP a few days ago. Ten of these councillors have rejoined the TMC today. They were forced and threatened to join the BJP. But now the two municipalities are back under TMC,” Abhishek Banerjee told a press conference.Several TMC MLAs and over 50 municipal councillors had last month joined the BJP after it made deep inroads in West Bengal in the Lok Sabha polls. “It is BJP’s tendency to try and bloat their numbers by giving false data,” Abhishek Banerjee said.Earlier today, BJP leader Mukul Roy had announced that as many as 107 MLAs of West Bengal are set to join the BJP. Without revealing the names of the MLAs, Mukul Roy claimed that 107 MLAs from the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) will join the saffron party.Speaking at a press conference, Mukul Roy said that all the lawmakers are in contact with the state BJP leadership. He also said that the party has a list prepared for all the MLAs of Congress, TMC and CPM who would be joining the BJP.Reacting to Mukul Roy’s claims, Abhishek Banerjee said that the BJP leader has not been able to secure his locality councillors and has been changing his statements.”Roy is not able to secure his locality councillors. Earlier he used to say 100 MLAs now 107 MLAS, then he will say total 294 will join BJP. People who rejoined TMC today said that they were forcibly taken to Delhi to join BJP. Others are also in contact with our party, they want to come back,” Abhishek Banerjee said.The development has come just two days after at least 10 Congress MLAs in Goa switched to the BJP in presence of party working president JP Nadda and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and amid the Karnataka crisis where 16 Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have tendered their resignation to the Speaker.Also Read | 107 Congress, TMC, CPM MLAs will join BJP, claims Mukul RoyAlso Read | 3 Congress rebels, one BJP MLA sworn in as Goa MinistersAlso Watch | BJP leader Chandra Bose demands probe into TMC’s allegation over fake BJP membership card with Mamata’s imageFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img