Karnataka crisis deepens as more MLAs submit resignations
Congress-JDS Govt on Shaky Ground Again as 11 MLAs Put in Papers
The Karnataka Crisis has deepened further with some more MLA’s of the coalition Govt all set to resign. This move can shake the foundation of the Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka. Days after Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Ramesh Jarkiholi resigned from government. Now 12 more MLAs reached the Vidhan Soudha with their resignation papers on Saturday.
At least 11 MLAs reached Vidhana Soudha to submit their resignation to Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. Of these, three are JDS MLAs, while eight from Congress.Ramesh Jarakiholi, Ramalinga Reddy, Mahesh Kumatalli, Shivaram Hebbar, BC Patil, Muniratna, ST Somashekhar, Byrathi Basavaraj, Sowmya Reddy, Pratap Gowda Patil are from Congress and Narayana Gowda, Gopalaiah and H Vishwanath are from JDS. Congress MLA Anand Singh had given his resignation on Monday.
However, Karnataka Congress ‘trouble-shooter’ DK Shivakumar reportedly was asked by high-command to stop MLAs from resigning. He soon rushed to Vidhan Soudha and tried to convince the MLAs but only to vain.
The current strength of the Congress-JDS will be down to 105, including two independents – R Shankar and H Nagesh. The BJP’s strength at present in the House is 105 and requires the coalition to come down to 103 to cross the halfway mark.
Sources in the Congress say that the fresh round of resignations are the BJP’s attempt at luring away ruling coalition’s legislators ahead of the Monsoon session of the Assembly, which is slated to begin on July 12.
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is currently in the Unites States, and is expected to reach Bengaluru on Monday
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