Karnataka crisis: Congress, JD(S) ministers resign to save govt

Siddaramaiah said that Cabinet reshuffle will be held soon to accommodate the rebels. Meanwhile, Yeddyurappa has sought the resignation of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

Written by July 8, 2019 21:49

New Delhi: In a bid to save the shaky coalition government in Karnataka, both Congress and JD(S) ministers in the council have handed over their resignations to the legislative party leaders, so as to accommodate the rebels.

Senior leaders K C Venugopal, Siddaramaiah, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Mallikarjuna Kharge from Congress and H D Kumaraswamy from JD(S) took this decision after a meeting in Bengaluru today.

Mr Siddaramaiah said that Cabinet reshuffle will be held soon to accommodate the rebels.

Meanwhile, BJP State President B S Yeddyurappa has sought the resignation of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

Speaking to media persons before the legislative party meeting in the city, Mr Yeddyurappa said that the coalition government has lost the mandate and should be removed.

He also informed that a state-wide protest will be held by the party if Kumaraswamy sticks to power. Two Independents namely H Nagesh and R Shankar have resigned as ministers and extended support to BJP.

With the resignation of ten Congress MLAs, three JD(S) MLAs and two independents, the strength of the State Government has come down to 103 in the house strength of 225.

The number game is on in Karnataka with scenario changing every hour. With the support of two independents, the BJP now has a strength of 107 members in the Legislative Assembly.

Addressing media persons after the BJP legislative party meeting, its leader Arvind Limbavali has informed that the coalition government is in minority and must quit.

Refuting Congress allegation of horse-trading, he said the 13 MLAs, who submitted their resignation letters last Saturday, were unhappy with the coalition government. BJP has decided to wait for two-three days before meeting the Governor.

The Congress Legislative Party meeting and the scrutiny of the resignation letters by the Speaker tomorrow will reveal the reality of claims of both the sides.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has already declined to comment on the political developments in the state.