The Leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP,) on the 10th of July, will protest against the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD[S],) demanding a resignation of H.D. Kumaraswamy, the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
The protest of the BJP came after the Karnataka Government crisis, where approximately 13 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of the Indian National Congress (INC) and the JD(S) submitted their resignations.
B.S. Yeddyurappa, a member of the BJP said, the Party leaders will stage a dharna outside Vidhana Soudha, Assembly office until Mr. Kumaraswamy resigns from the post of the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
The BJP leaders are also expected to meet R.K. Ramesh Kumar, the Speaker of Karnataka Assembly and Vajubhai Vala, the Governor of Karnataka regarding the same.
The situation in Karnataka worsened after 10 MLAs of the JD(S) and the INC, who submitted their resignations went to Mumbai with the BJP leader and started protesting. The MLAs shifted to the Renaissance hotel of Mumbai and refused to meet the leaders of the INC and the JD(S.) The reason behind the resignation and protest of the MLAs is said to be lack of confidence in the current government and other internal disputes.
The Mumbai Police have arranged tight security for the rebel MLAs who are residing in the hotel, as per the letter written by the MLAs.
In the letter, MLAs stated, “We have heard that Shri Kumaraswamy and Shri Shivakumar are going to storm the hotel premises and we feel threatened because of the same. We do not want to meet him. Kind request to help us in this matter and do not allow them to enter the hotel premises.” since then, a heavy police force of approximately 100 personnel were deployed outside the hotel.
On the other hand, D.K. Shivakumar, a senior leader of the INC and Cabinet Minister in Karnataka arrived at Mumbai through a special aircraft to meet the MLAs. However, as per the orders of the rebel MLAs, Shivakumar was stopped at the premises and was not allowed to enter the hotel.
The MLAs, on the 9th of July, wrote a letter to the Mumbai Police and asked for their protection from D.K. Shivakumar, H.D. Kumaraswamy and other senior leaders of the INC and the JD(S.)
When the Mumbai Police refused to let Shivakumar go, he said, “I won’t go, I will wait here all day.” He further said, “Allow me to go to my room, I want to meet my friends, sit, relax, have coffee with them.”
The sudden crisis in Karnataka could be dangerous for the Karanataka ruling Party, the Janata Dal (Secular.)
As of now, approximately 14 Ministers submitted their resignations to the Speaker of Karnataka Assembly. However, Ramesh Kumar did not accept 8 resignation due to improper format and asked the remaining MLAs to meet him personally.
While the crisis has left the ruling Party into a dangerous situation, it is said to be a big opportunity for the BJP in the State. If the resignations of the rebel MLAs would be accepted, then the BJP will have a majority of MLAs in the State and can be a powerful political force.
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