The fiasco started on October 8, when Rajnath Singh performed a Hindu ritual on the hi-tech aircraft while it was being ceremonially handed over to India
Sources have said parties are paying an average of Rs 20 crore per MLA to win them over
Kharge held a meeting of party MLAs and MLCs here to know their views and choice of a new leader.
Addressing a gathering in Chincholi, Kumaraswamy on May 14 had said, Kharge should have become the Chief Minister long ago.
Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, Kharge said the promises made by the BJP in this budget are mere of poll sops and "jumlas", which will not be fulfilled as the BJP has a mandate to rule only till May this year.
The last meeting of the panel took place on January 24 but it remained "inconclusive".
The last meeting of the high-powered panel on Thursday remained "inconclusive" and Kharge had sought details of dossiers of all the eligible officers for the post.
"A list of eligible officers along with their dossiers was shared with the panel members. But no decision has been taken so far," an official said requesting anonymity.
The sources said the government had proposed the meeting on January 21 earlier while Kharge wanted the meeting on January 24 or 25.
The Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka is stable and strong and will continue to be so, he said.
Kharge, who is part of the prime minister-headed three-member panel that removed Alok Verma as CBI chief, alleged that the government is scared of CBI led by an "independent" director.
"They threaten and bully everyone. Whether it is West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, whoever, where their party is not there, they threaten them. If you don't come with me, I will do this," the leader of Congress party in the Lok Sabha said at a press conference here.
Speaking at the 29th Accountants General Conference here, Kharge pitched for greater independence for the official auditor CAG so that it could continue to discharge its duties with greater responsibility.
Kharge said when the rupee fell during the previous UPA government's rule, Narendra Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, had criticised it, but now, when he is the prime minister, he is silent over it.
Kharge also accused the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) of trying to impose its own agenda on the country.
The Congress was in power in Maharashtra along with the NCP for 15 years in a row till 2014, before a BJP-led government took over the reins of the state.
Kharge was talking to reporters here after meeting party workers from Maharashtra and Mumbai units ahead of the 2019 polls.
Mallikarjun Kharge appointed as party's general secretary in-charge of Maharashtra by Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi. Mohan Prakash will be stepping down from his responsibilities as the General Secretary and AICC in-charge of Maharashtra
The Congress has consistently maintained it is contesting the polls under the leadership of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah but refrained from declaring him its candidate for the top job.
The government had invited him for today’s meeting of the Selection Committee as a special invitee.
Party leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue in the Lok Sabha, noting that the price of crude was USD 110 per barrel in March 2014, two months before the BJP came to power, which had come down to USD 40 in June 2016. It was USD 60 yesterday, he said.
As the Winter Session started, the prime minister noted that all party leaders were clear at yesterday's meeting that this session should be used positively to help take the country forward.
Responding to the issue raised by Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Singh said the nation as well as the House want to know what Rahul wants to hide by not taking SPG protection along, when he left India on six occasions totalling 72 days.
The lower house of Parliament had witnessed uproarious scenes on Thursday when Congress members demanded a discussion on the issue. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had accused the government of shying away from a debate.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict in a PIL seeking directions to the Centre to appoint Lokpal as per the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, as the government informed the court that Lokpal cannot be appointed until amendments are cleared by the parliament.