Bengaluru: Nearly a week after facing rout in the Lok Sabha elections, the Karnataka Congress legislators (MLAs) are meeting here on Wednesday to ensure the continuation of their year-old coalition government with the Janata Dal (Secular) as its ally, a party official said on Tuesday. “The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) is meeting at a star hotel in the city on Wednesday in the presence of our senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and party’s state unit in-charge K.C. Venugopal to review the poll results and stay united to sustain the government with the JD-S as our partner,” party spokesman K.E. Radhakrishna told IANS here. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist CLP leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has directed all the 78 legislators to attend the meeting and participate in the deliberations through party’s state unit chief Dinesh Gundu Rao. “The party will take a serious view if any legislator abstains from the meeting without prior intimation or reason for skipping it,” said the official. Contesting with the JD-S under a pre-poll seat-sharing tie-up in all the 28 parliamentary seats in the ratio of 21:7, the beleaguered Congress won only one to retain Bangalore Rural and lost 20 seats, including 9 where the outgoing members re-contested. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France Ally JD-S also won only one, retaining Hassan and losing 6 seats. Polling was held in two phases on April 18 and April 23 in 14 seats each and votes were counted on May 23. A resurgent BJP won a record 25 seats across the state for the first time in parliamentary election in the southern state. “Though there is no survival threat to the government, as all our MLAs are united, the party high command and the party’s state leaders are not taking chances, as a handful of them have been dissenting against the leadership and the functioning of the coalition government,” admitted the spokesman. A fractured verdict in the May 2018 state assembly elections threw up a hung house, with the BJP winning 104, Congress 79, excluding speaker, and JD-S 37 and one each by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), a regional party and an independent. To keep the BJP out of power though it is 8 seats short of the halfway mark (113) for a simple majority in the 225-member assembly, including one nominated, the ruling allies forged a post-poll alliance to form the fledgling coalition government on May 23, 2018, sharing the cabinet posts in the ratio of 22 for the Congress and 12 for the JD-S in the 34-member ministry. “As the allies are committed to follow the coalition dharma, we hope there won’t be revolt by the so-called rebels who have been threatening to resign from the party and their assembly seats to join the BJP and bring down our government,” added Radhakrishna.
Upper Arlington four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin goes up for a shot against Westerville South on Jan. 24, 2017. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorOhio State lost the only commit it had remaining in its 2018 recruiting class when four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin decommitted from the university Monday, 270Hoops’ Zach Fleer reported on Wednesday.Goodwin’s father, Damon Goodwin, confirmed to The Lantern his son has reopened his recruitment.’18 Upper Arlington SG Dane Goodwin has opened his recruitment and decommitted from Ohio State. He will still consider OSU, however.— Zach Fleer (@ZachFleer270) June 21, 2017Goodwin ranks as the fourth-best recruit in the state of Ohio, and 74th-best overall according to 247sports composite rankings. He is also the 16th-best prospect at his position.The Upper Arlington product committed to the Buckeyes on Dec. 1, 2014, after being recruited by former Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Thad Matta.Goodwin met with current Buckeye head coach Chris Holtmann last week to discuss the commitment. The shooting guard is the third player in his class to decommit from Ohio State. Three-star small forward Justin Ahrens reopened his recruiting process on June 6 and four-star small forward Darius Bazley decommitted from the program on April 26.