Karnataka govt in danger as 11 Congress-JDS MLAs submits resignation

Bengaluru | The HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JDS government in Karnataka is looking in danger after 11 MLAs including 8 Congress and 3 JDS MLAs have reached the state assembly speaker to submit their resignation.

The MLAs including Ramesh Jarkiholi, H Vishwanath, Pratap Gowda Patil have arrived to meet Karnataka assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to offer their resignation, however, the speaker is not in his office.

Speaking to reporters, Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy said,” I have come to submit my resignation to the speaker. I don’t know about my daughter(Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy), she is an independent woman.”

When asked about the reason behind his resignation, Reddy said,”I am not going to blame anyone in the party or the high command. I somewhere feel I was being neglected over some issues. That is why I have taken this decision.”

Earlier Congress MLA Anand Singh and Ramesh Zarkihali had submitted their resignation from MLA post to the Assembly speaker.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara and State minister D. K. Shivakumar have called an emergency meeting of Congress Bengaluru MLAs and Corporators later today. Karnataka Congress in charge KC Venugopal has left for Bengaluru Speaking to reporters Shivakumar said, “Nobody will resign, I had come to meet them.”

Responding to the development in Karnataka BJP Rajya Sabha MP GVL Narasimha Rao said,” Congress-JD(S) coalition has been rejected by people of Karnataka. Despite their coalition in Lok Sabha polls, BJP won a massive mandate. It clearly shows the mood of people. MLAs certainly seem to be facing brunt of public anger against coalition.”

6 Congress-JDS MLAs BC Patil, H Vishvanath, Narayan Gowda, Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, Gopalaiah, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Pratap Gowda Patil reached Raj Bhawan and submitted their resignations to Secretary at Speaker office.

Speaking on the incident Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar said,’”I was supposed to pick up my daughter that is why I went home, I have told my office to take resignations and give acknowledgement. that 11 members resigned. Tomorrow is leave so I will see them on Monday.”

Union Minister and BJP leader DV Sadananda Gowda responding to the incident said,” They thought it’s high time to come out of that party&resigned from legislators post as they felt that continuing as MLAs was not good in the larger interest of their constituency & state.”

When asked whether BJP will form government in Karnataka, Gowda said, “Governor is the supreme authority, as per the constitutional mandate if he calls us, certainly we are ready to form the government. We are the single largest party, we have got 105 people with us.” “BS Yeddyurappa will be the Chief Minister if a new Government is formed,” he added.

Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has said, “People are watching the way DK Shivakumar is behaving. He tore resignation letters of some of the MLAs inside the Speaker’s office, who had went to resign, it is condemnable.”

The coalition’s strength in the 224-member Assembly stands at 118 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-2), besides the Speaker. This includes MLAs who have resigned, as their resignations are yet to be accepted by the Speaker.

The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House, where half-way mark is 113. The ruling coalition leaders had feared onslaught by the BJP to destabalise the government after rout in the Lok Sabha seats, where both parties had won just one seat each.

The BJP had won 25 out of 27 seats it had contested and independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh supported by it had won in Mandya.

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