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Meeting of "like minded" MLAs called by Congress legislator


Press Trust of India Bengaluru
A meeting of "like minded"MLAs called by Congress legislator S T Somashekar on Tuesday, amid coalition worries, has been postponed citing preparations for the Kundgol and Chincholi assembly by-polls as the reason.
Somashekar's invitation for a meeting of "like-minded" MLAs to discuss the present political situation in Karnataka, stating that it is growing worse day by day had created flutters in political circles on Sunday.
The MLA's letter had come amid worries within the ruling Congress-JDS coalition and dissidence in the Congress surfacing again.
"As several Congress legislators will be presentduring filing of nominations for Kundgol and Chincoli by-pollstoday, a meeting of like minded MLAs called fortomorrow has been temporarily postponed.
The next date will beintimated," Somashekar said in a message to the legislators Monday.
The invitation has also come at a time when rebel Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi is threatening to quit the party along with legislators close to him.
According to sources, the meeting is said to have been postponed with party asking all its MLAs to work for the Chincholiand Kundgol by-polls.
Congress Legislature Party leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also reportedly asked Somashekar and associates to postpone the meeting as it would send a wrongmessage to the public.
The meeting was called to discuss issues faced by MLAs under the coalition government and long-pending development work.
The scheduled meeting had irked some Congressmen, with party MLC G Raghu Achar slamming Somashekar and asking him to discuss any issues he may have with the party leadership.
Somashekar in January had embarrassed the coalition, especially Congress leaders, with his statement that Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah be made Chief Minister again, and had claimed that development works had come to a grinding halt.
His comments had irked chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, who had even threatened to step down.
Monday is the last day to file nominations for Kundgol and Chincholi assembly by-polls, that will go for voting on May 19

The results will be declared on May 23, along with the Lok Sabha poll results.

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First Published: Apr 29 2019 | 2:30 PM IST

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