Four dissidents skipped the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting in Bengaluru on January 18 that was called as a show of strength to counter the alleged bid by the BJP to topple the coalition government in Karnataka.
Their absence posed no imminent threat to the seven-month old Congress-JD(S) government headed by H.D. Kumaraswamy but suggested that all was not well within the Congress, which has been hit by dissidence.
The party will issue notice to Ramesh Jarkiholi, B. Nagendra, Umesh Jadhav and Mahesh Kumatahalli, seeking an explanation from them for their absence, CLP leader Siddaramaiah said.
Briefing reporters after the CLP meeting, Siddaramaiah said after receiving the replies from the absentee lawmakers, the issue would be discussed with the party high command and State leaders before deciding on the next step.
Siddaramaiah said Jadhav had written saying that he would not be able to attend the meet as he was unwell, while Nagendra had spoken to AICC general secretary K.C. Venugopal conveying his inability to attend because of a court case. The other two MLAs had not communicated anything.
Chief Minister Kumaraswamy said he would not be available for two days and that he had a packed schedule, including a visit to Kolkata and personal programmes.
BJP leader Yeddyurappa said several legislators appeared to be attending the meet out of compulsion. “Let them indulge in squabbles… we have nothing to do with it.”