Chandigarh The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on Thursday held to chalk out a strategy for the budget session of the Vidhan Sabha turned into a forum for venting out frustrations by the MLAs against their own government. The agenda was hijacked by the listing of grouses, even as chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh was chairing the meeting.
Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana Ghulam Nabi Azad made the announcement a day after party legislators in Haryana passed a unanimous resolution authorising Gandhi to choose the CLP leader.
Even though the Haryana Congress legislature party at its meeting here on Friday resolved that party chief Sonia Gandhi will choose the leader in the House, demand from MLAs belonging to the Bhupinder Singh Hooda camp to take into consideration the choice of legislators as well was loud and clear.
The four rebel Congress legislators, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Umesh Jadhav, Mahesh Kumathahalli and B Nagendra, who had gone missing for several weeks amid political turmoil in Karnataka, surfaced in Bengaluru.
The four rebel MLAs, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Umesh Jadhav, Mahesh Kumathahalli, and B Nagendra, have not turned up despite the Congress issuing a whip on Tuesday asking them to be present throughout the session.
Over 70 of the party’s 80 legislators have been at the resort on the city’s outskirts since late on Friday after a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting was held by former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at the state legislature building.
Former chief minister and Congress legislature party (CLP) chief Siddaramaiah issued notices to rebel MLAs Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathahalli asking them to explain their absence from the CLP meeting called on Friday.
Suspense continued to haunt the Karnataka Congress on whether its “missing” dissident leaders would attend the legislature party meeting even though former CM Siddaramaiah has threatened proceedings under anti-defection laws against those who don’t attend the meeting.
Congress got a significant boost in the Rajasthan after BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday announced that she will extend her party support to Congress in forming the next government, if needed. In the assembly elections results announced on December 11, Congress has emerged as single largest party, ousting BJP in Rajasthan and Chattisgarh and emerged as the single largest party in Madhya Pradesh. In the Rajasthan assembly elections, Congress won 99 seats out of 199 while BJP secured 73 seats. BSP and others won 6 and 20 seats, respectively. The results of assembly elections in five states are crucial for the BJP-led NDA government as it opens the gate for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting began at the party’s state headquarters here on Wednesday to discuss the name of the next Rajasthan chief minister.The final decision will be taken by Rahul Gandhi based on the feedback.The name of the chief minister will be announced in the evening. :
The move comes two days after the disciplinary committee of the party served a show-cause notice to Lalzirliana, who is also the Congress’s state unit vice president, over reports that he may join a rival party.