Bengaluru: The Congress has severely castigated Karnataka home minister MB Patil having failed abysmally badly in gathering information about the Karnataka political stalemate. 

Sources say this is how the high command chided MB Patil: “Though the Intelligence comes under the chief minister, the chief minister was in the United States when the imbroglio unfolded. That being the case, it is you (MB Patil) who should have gathered details. What were you doing till the MLAs knocked on the doors of the Speaker?”

Reportedly at a loss of words, MB Patil immediately swing into action, but it was too little, too late. Sources tell MyNation that the home minister exhibited a very flippant and facetious attitude at a time when he should have been more pro-active. 

It might be recalled that the disgruntled elements who tendered their resignations on July 6, camped in UB City, a prestigious hotel in Bengaluru the previous night and held discussions about the resignations. Later, on July 7, 13 MLAs from both Congress and JD(S) went to the Speaker’s chamber in Vidhana Soudha, but he was not there. So they submitted their resignations to the Speaker’s personal secretary. 

Herculean efforts were summoned to pacify frayed tempers, including trouble-shooter DK Shivakumar, but it did not pay off. Later, around 10 MLAs flew to Mumbai and are presently camping there at a resort. 

Coming back to the issue of Intelligence failure, experts say that the Intelligence personnel are capable of sending minute-by-minute updates to the chief minister in the United States. That being the case, there is no reason why MB Patil could not have collected details. 

Presently, members of both JD(S) and Congress are trying hard to revive a sinking ship. Many are of the opinion that all efforts will only be futile. 

Everything now boils down to what the Speaker says.