Congress MLA Anand Singh resigned from the Karnatakla Assembly on Monday (source: ANI)

Long been in the news, the shaky government in Karnataka suffered a setback Monday after Congress MLA from Vijayanagar Anand Singh resigned from the Assembly.

“It’s true I have resigned. I have resigned in opposition of the state government’s decision to sell land to JSW in Ballari,” Anand said.

He added, “My conscience will not approve if I stand by without opposing the injustice done to my people. I appeal to the government to reconsider the deal.”

When told that Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar has not confirmed the resignation, Singh quipped, “Is it so? Then I will resign again.”

The speaker denied having received any resignation, saying, “I have not received any resignation. Nobody had approached me to give me any resignation.”

Anand Singh had said he will meet Governor Vajubhai Vala and post that he would narrate the developments.

Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, who is in the US for the foundation laying ceremony of a temple, tweeted that he was aware of the developments happening in the state.

“The foundation laying of Kalabhairaveshwara Temple is going on at New Jersey under the aegis of Swamiji. I am watching all the developments from here. BJP is day dreaming to destabilise the government,” Kumaraswamy tweeted.

Singh recently held a press conference in Ballari against the sale of 3,667 acres of land to JSW Steel. He had stated that protecting the interest of the district was more important than the party and had hinted he would resign.

Last year, Singh had disappeared and was incommunicado to express his dissidence, only to resurface and show his allegiance to the party.

According to speculations, he would join the BJP, while there were also some reports indication at least six more MLAs from Congress who are likely to rebel against their party.

On 27 May the government announced it would execute a lease-cum-sale deed inked with Jindal Steel in 2006 and sell 3,666 acres of land to the firm. The opposition BJP has criticised the move alleging that the deal is being done at throwaway prices.

Amidst a political crisis in Karnataka, BJP, in order to overthrow the current Congress-JD(S) regime, needs defections of 15 Congress MLAs.

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