Karnataka CM to chair cabinet meeting today


BENGALURU: A meeting of the state Cabinet will be held on Thursday at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru amid the political upheaval in Karnataka.

According to the Chief Minister's Office, the Cabinet meeting will have all the ministers as they have only submitted their resignations to their party presidents, not to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

The meeting comes a day after Karnataka Water Minister DK Shivakumar, who went to Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs staying at a hotel there.

Shivakumar had reached the hotel in Mumbai on Wednesday morning to pacify the rebel MLAs.

However, he was detained by Mumbai Police and not allowed to meet the rebel MLAs.

Former Union minister Milind Deora and former Maharashtra minister Naseem Khan, who had arrived to meet Shivakumar, were also detained and taken to the BKC police guest house.

Shivakumar, who returned to Bengaluru late on Wednesday, said it was a ‘matter of shame" that he was "forcefully deported" back to Bengaluru.

The coalition government slumped into crisis following the resignation of their 13 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly on June 6.

The Karnataka Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113.

The JD(S)-Congress coalition's total strength in the state assembly, including those who have put in their papers, is 118 --Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP one and two Independents, besides the speaker. The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House.

The Congress-JD(S) coalition is making all efforts to protect its government which seems to have fallen short of a majority.



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