Bengaluru: Moments after Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar disqualified 14 more MLAs, Muniratna, the disqualified Congress MLA from RR Nagar, Bengaluru, who is one among them, squarely blamed the top leadership of the Congress and JD(S) for the mess they were thrown into.

Speaking to a local TV channel, he said, “Our leaders had told us that they would finish us off. They had intimidated us that they would do something like this before. Leaders from both parties had done this. Former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy was not working properly. They had said that the government would be toppled just after Lok Sabha polls. We waited. But even after that, the prevarication began. It is our freedom to resign. If you are right, why will anyone resign?”

Later, he even went to the extent of saying that the Congress leaders were themselves unhappy with former PM HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy.

“Our own Congress leaders said that the father and son had been acting too smart. They didn’t hold any meeting which was supposed to be held at least once in a month. We will come to Bengaluru and expose everything. Our law is very robust. This is being done to placate the JD(S). Whatever is happening is a lie. This is being done to ensure HDD and HDK don’t get angry. JD(S) doesn’t trust Congress and vice-versa.”

Speculations are rife that the rebel MLAs may join the BJP. But the leader went on to say nothing like that was on his mind.

“I have not spoken anything about joining BJP. We trust in God. Humans have no role to play in our fortunes. We were provoked to take such a decision,” he signed off.

On the other hand, the BJP is all set to face the trust vote on Monday (July 28). With 17 rebels being disqualified, the number in the house remains at 207. The BJP has 106 with it, while the coalition has 100.