Come back or face consequences: Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah warns rebels MLAs

Amid political crisis, Congress Legislature Party leader in Karnataka Siddaramaiah has warned rebel MLAs and has said that they can face consequences if they don't come back.

He was talking to reporters after a CLP meet was convened to manage the crisis following the resignation of a total of 13 coalition MLAs, including three from the ally JD(S). The resignations were not voluntary and genuine, Siddaramaiah claimed. The former chief minister also asked the 10 party MLAs who had resigned to come back or face the consequences. All the MLAs who attended the CLP meet have reiterated their loyalty to the party, he said. Besides the MLAs, a couple of other legislators had also not attended the meeting but the latter had obtained permission, he said.

"Ever since the coalition government took over in the state, the BJP is trying to destabilise it," the former chief minister alleged. "This is their sixth attempt," he added. Of the 14 lawmakers who resigned, 11 belong to the Congress and three Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). While 10 Congress MLAs resigned on July 6, one (Anand Singh) resigned on July 1. The 11 rebel Congress MLAs skipped the party's legislature meeting.

(Inputs from Agencies)

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