Siddaramaiah issues another notice to 4 MLAs for skipping party meet


BENGALURU: Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah has issued another notice to four MLAs seeking an explanation for skipping party meet, before or after the Assembly Session.

On January 20, he had issued show-cause notices to four rebel MLAs, seeking an explanation from them for their absence at the Congress legislature party (CLP) meeting, which held in Bengaluru on January 18.

The meeting was convened by the party to assess whether its flock was intact amid speculation that some of the party MLAs had switched over to the BJP.

The notice has been served to Ramesh Jarakiholi, Mahesh Kamatihalli, B Nagendra and Umesh Jadhav.

Siddaramaiah said, three of the MLAs had responded to the notice. Even though, Umesh Jadhav, the MLA from Chincholi has not replied yet.

The Congress shares power with JD-S, has 80 MLAs in the 224 member Assembly, including the speaker.

Accordingly, 79 MLAs were expected to attend the CLP meeting held under the supervision of central leaders K C Venugopal and Mallikarjun Kharge.

In the 224-member Assembly, JDS has 37 MLAs and the Congress 80. The Congress-JDS alliance has the support of some Independents in the House where the majority figure is 113 stay in power.


With inputs from ANI

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