Karnataka’s Congress-JD(S) coalition government on edge after 11 lawmakers resign

The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in Karnataka appears to be on the edge after 11 lawmakers resigning, while Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is holidaying in the United States.

Eight Congress and three Janata Dal Secular legislators submitted their resignations to the Speaker’s office this evening, while he was not in office. Ten of these legislators also met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan.

If the speaker accepts the resignations of these MLAs, the coalition will come losing majority in the legislative assembly.

JD(S) ‘s H Vishwanath after meeting with Governor said, “We have given our resignation to the office. We have brought this to the notice of the governor as well. We urge that our resignations be accepted.”

Mr. Vishwanath was removed as JD(S) president days ago.

Congress legislator Ramalinga Reddy speaking with news agency ANI said, “I have come to submit my resignation to speaker. I don’t know about my daughter (Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy), she is an independent woman. 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.”

Meanwhile, DK Shivakumar the Congress trouble shooter who forged the Congress-JDS alliance last year said, “Nobody will resign. I had come to meet the MLAs.” Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao, KC Venugopal are rushing to Bangalore to fix these dangers.

CM HD Kumaraswamy as well as the Congress have accused the BJP of relentlessly pursuing their lawmakers and attempting to bring the government down.

Karnataka state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said Mr. Shivakumar tore the resignation letters of some of the legislators. “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.”

Source : Various