Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar who also heads the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Good Governance Cell, expressed confidence that the crisis in Karnataka government will blow over and the BJP government in that State will survive the vote of confidence scheduled to be held on 11th October.
He was speaking to media persons at Taj Exotica hotel on Friday morning after meeting the rebel MLAs from Karnataka who had checked in there on Thursday evening.
He said there was a misunderstanding which can be cleared and asserted that there was no real threat to the government. He also said that he had met not only the BJP MLAs but also the independent MLAs housed there.
Replying to a question, Manohar said there was no question of he indulging in any horse trading when he was talking to MLAs elected on his own party ticket. “It was Kumaraswamy who had come for horse trading yesterday and I think I prevented him from succeeding,” he said.
While pointing out that since he was heading the Good Governance Cell of the party, it was his responsibility to ensure that the BJP governments functioned smoothly, he however clarified that he was no authority to accede to or reject any demands from the MLAs.
It may be recalled that 14 rebel MLAs from Karnataka including nine of the BJP had flew down to Goa on Thursday evening and were housed in the Taj Exotica which was converted into a fortress with a strong police force preventing people from meeting them.
Late Thursday evening Manohar Parrikar literally stormed into the hotel premises and broke the cordon. Following Parrikar’s arrival, Home Minister Ravi Naik who was holed up in the hotel beat a hasty retreat while the car carrying Aleixo Sequeira and Kumaraswamy was stopped by the BJP supporters and also damaged.
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao met the Karnataka MLAs twice yesterday evening. When questioned about the meeting the first time, he claimed to have come to meet his friend Anand Asnotikar and later in the night came again to meet them, but returned after seeing the huge crowd present.