End to Karnataka-BJP crisis elusive

Posted By: Samyuktha
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Pananji/Bangalore, Oct 9: End to the Karnataka government crisis remains elusive. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) maintains that the stalemate is set to end by Saturday, Oct 9; its political rival Janata Dal (Secular) claims otherwise.

North Goa MP and former state BJP president Shripad Naik told the media on Friday, Oct 8 evening that the deliberations have reached the final stage as parleys promising the 14 rebel MLAs everything they demand for were struck in a 5-star hotel in Goa, where the mutinous force have sought refuge.

"The final round of deliberations is on and there is positive response to their demands from the party leadership," Naik is quoted as saying in a Times of India report.

As an opposing force to the BJP's efforts, JD(S) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has also reached Goa to ensure that the rebel MLAs do not change their minds, reported another newspaper.

Quoting sources in the government and JD(S), The Hindu reported that at least 10 out of the 14 MLAs, withdrawing support to the Yeddyurappa government, are sticking to their stand.

With the confidence vote set to be held on Monday, Oct 11, the scandal-prone BJP government in Karnataka is likely to bow down to all the demands of the rebels or face a mighty fall.

As of now, the only advantage that seems to have come Chief Minister, BS Yeddyurappa's way is the show cause notice slapped against 11 BJP rebel MLAs asking them to give reasons as to why they should not be disqualified under provisions of the anti-defection law.

Karnataka speaker K G Bopaiah served the notices that seek the 11 legislators' response by 5 pm on Oct 10.

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