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“Our party has nothing to do with Karnataka crisis”, claims Rajnath Singh

New Delhi | Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has claimed that the Bhartiya Janata Party has nothing to do with the ongoing turmoil of the Karnataka government.

Speaking in Lok Sabha, the Lucknow MP said, “Our party has nothing to do with what is happening in Karnataka. Our party has never indulged in horse-trading”, as quoted by news agency ANI.

“Instead, it is Rahul Gandhi who rather started the trend of resignations. He has himself asked other leaders to resign”, Rajnath Singh said, mocking former Congress President Rahul Gandhi who had resigned two days after massive defeat in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls.

He further claimed that his party has nothing to do with it.

Meanwhile, amid the resignation saga in Karnataka, all Congress Ministers have resigned from the HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JDS cabinet in the state.

The development has come in order to offer the rebel MLAs ministerial position in the HD Kumaraswamy cabinet who have already submitted their resignation to the Karnataka Assembly speaker.

Earlier Karnataka Independent MLA Nagesh resigned as a minister. Submitting his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala in a letter stated, “I’ve already withdrawn my support to govt headed by HD Kumaraswamy. I would extend my support to the Government of BJP if called for by your good self.”

The resignation of 13 MLAs has plunged the government into a crisis. Twelve legislators –nine from the Congress and three from the JD(S) — stepped down on Saturday. They have declied to withdraw their resignations.

The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength in the state assembly, including those who have put in their papers, is 118 –Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP one and two Independents, besides the speaker.

The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations are accepted, the coalition’s tally will come down to 105. The speaker also has a vote.

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