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Karnataka political crisis deepens

In a last-ditch effort to save the coalition government, leaders of both Congress and JD(S) made frantic efforts to reach out to the rebel MLAs on Sunday. The rebels, however, ruled out withdrawing their resignations. Talking to media persons in Mumbai, rebel Congress MLA Soma Shekar said, there is no question of going back on their decision.

Ten rebel Congress MLAs are lodged in a hotel in Mumbai since their resignations. Among the 13 rebels legislators who have resigned recently, three are from JD(S). Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh is scheduled to take up the resignations on Tuesday.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, who returned to Bengaluru Sunday evening from a personal trip to the US, is all set to call an emergency cabinet meeting today. Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah has convened a CLP meeting Tuesday morning. In a letter sent to all party MLAs, he said, stern action will be taken against MLAs who do not attend the Legislature Party meeting. 

On the other hand, BJP maintained that it has no role to play in the current crisis. State BJP party president BS Yeddyurappa said, they are not going to meet the governor and will wait for the Speaker’s decision tomorrow.

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