Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has been appointed “crisis manager” by the Congress high command to bail out the coalition government in Karnataka that landed in trouble following resignation of several ruling party MLAs from Assembly.
Mr Nath who made an “unscheduled” visit to Delhi on Friday following a reported call from Congress leadership on Saturday rushed to Bengaluru to “deal” with the Karnataka crisis.
“He has been assigned the role of crisis manager to save the JD (S)- Congress coalition government in Karnataka from collapsing in the wake of resignation of some Congress MLAs,” sources close to Mr Nath told this newspaper.
Sources in Chief Minister’s Office confirmed that Mr Nath’s visit to Bengaluru was not official and “there is no official communication as to how long the chief minister will stay in Bengaluru”.
Half-a-dozen Congress legislators have resigned from the House landing the Kumarswamy government in a crisis.
Earlier on Friday, the Congress-JD(S) coalition had been pushing for a trust vote to be held on Monday in the state Assembly floor.
Meanwhile, the SC ordered the Speaker to not make a decision before July 16 when it will decide on larger Cons-titutional issues with regards to the plea filed by the rebel MLAs over Mr Kumar not accepting their resignations.
As per sources, the BJP wants to wait until Tuesday till the Supreme Court decides on the case before moving on the no-confidence motion.
This is since, as per the law, a no-confidence motion can be moved only every six months.