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Congress, JD(S) Karnataka Govt On Tenterhooks, Ghulam Nabi Azad, KC Venugopal Rush To Bengaluru

Voices of dissent are gaining ground within the Congress as two of its MLAs met former Karnataka chief minister S M Krishna at his Bengaluru residence on Sunday.

Congress, JD(S) Karnataka Govt On Tenterhooks, Ghulam Nabi Azad, KC Venugopal Rush To Bengaluru
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad addresses a press conference at Sadaqat Ashram, in Patna. (File photo: PTI)
Congress, JD(S) Karnataka Govt On Tenterhooks, Ghulam Nabi Azad, KC Venugopal Rush To Bengaluru
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2019-05-28T15:32:37+05:30

Top Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal have rushed to Bengaluru to iron out differences between the leaders of the grand old party and Janata Dal (Secular).

Voices of dissent are gaining ground within the Congress as two of its MLAs met former Karnataka chief minister S M Krishna at his Bengaluru residence on Sunday.

The coalition government in the southern state has been on a sticky wicket ever since the two parties came together to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at bay in 2017.

Following the Congress-JD(S) combine's drubbing in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections, where the two parties managed to win only one seat each in Karnataka, a senior Congress leader has claimed that the state government will collapse after June 10.

Of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, the BJP bagged 25 and another was won by an independent.

Two Congress MLAs -- Ramesh Jarkiholi and Sudhakar -- met BJP leaders at Krishna's residence, though they later claimed that their visit was not political.

Sources said Azad and Venugopal, two central leaders of the Congress, were going to Karnataka to placate the disgruntled state leaders, amid reports that the state unit of the party has convened a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party on May 29.

Azad and Venugopal are likely to hold discussions with the top leaders of the party in the state in order to sort things out.

The BJP, with 105 members, is the single-largest party in the 225-member Karnataka Assembly. The ruling coalition has 117 members -- 79 of the Congress, 37 of the JD(S) and one of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

(With inputs from PTI)

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