G. Parameshwara, president of the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee, has said there is a constitutional crisis in the State, with 14 MLAs defying the BJP fiat and participating in the Karnataka Janata Paksha convention in Haveri on December 9.

The Jagadish Shettar government had lost majority, and the Chief Minister should step down immediately, Dr. Parameshwara said.

Addressing presspersons at Channagiri, where he attended the 12th Rajarshi J.H. Patel Smarnothsava on Wednesday, Dr. Parameshwara said if the Chief Minister did not resign in a day or two, Congress leaders would meet Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and apprise him of the situation in the State.

The Congress would urge the Governor to recommend Central rule, he said.

He asked Mr. Shettar to step down and seek a fresh mandate.

Difference

To a question that he and Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah differed on moving no-confidence motion, Dr. Parameshwara said that the Congress Legislature Party would take a decision on it.

The KPCC would consult the party high command before making move, Dr. Parameshwara added.

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