Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy hinted at effecting the resignation of five BJP MLAs in Mandya on Tuesday.
Replying to the queries of media persons about the stability of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government, he reiterated that his government is stable and cannot be trounced so easily, by the opposition party, the BJP. “The media has been cooking up stories on the instability of the government on the basis of various reasons. But they are not true,” he said.
Mediapersons drew his attention to the statements of Municipalities and Urban Local Bodies Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi that himself, his brother Sathish Jarkiholi and their supporters, will take a decision after the return of former chief minister Siddaramaiah, who is on a foreign tour.
“I do not know how the move of the Jarkiholi brothers would affect the government. I do not have information on their disappointment in the government. But, the media has been churning out speculations. For a change, let us take a U-turn. Let us effect the resignation of BJP MLAs,” he said.
Minor Irrigation Minister C S Puttaraju said he would not spell out anything about the new combinations now. “Wait and see, whether five MLAs or 10 MLAs leave the BJP. This is not a hit-and-run politics,” he said.
Later, speaking at a programme in Mysuru, Kumaraswamy said, “The designs of the BJP to topple the coalition government will not yield any result. I am not worried about it. My agenda is development. The Jarkiholi brothers and other MLAs are in touch with me. Their grievances have been addressed.”
“During a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I discussed about the burning issues in the state. I sought the assistance of the Centre for the overall development of the state. I have reported about the loss due to rain and floods in Kodagu district, to the prime minister. So, far the Centre has not released a single rupee for flood relief. The prime minister has responded positively,” he said.