In a widening crisis for the Karnataka coalition government, eight Congress and three Janata Dal Secular (JDS) MLAs have submitted their resignations to the office of the Speaker in his absence, news agency ANI has reported. Some of the rebel MLAs met with Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan in Bengaluru.
According to H Vishwanath, who tendered his resignation, a total of 14 MLAs have quit from the Congress-JD(S) coalition.
Among those who submitted their resignations from the Congress include Ramalinga Reddy (BTM Layout), BC Patil (Hirekerur), Pratapgouda Patil (Maski), Shivaram Hebbar (Yellapur), Mahesh Kumathalli (Athani), ST Somashekhar (Yeshwanthpur), Byrati Basavaraj (KR Puram), and Soumya Reddy (Jayanagar).
While from the JD(S) side, there were H Vishwanath (Hunsur), Narayan Gowda (Krishnarajpet), and K Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout) submitted their resignations.
The shocking development comes days after two Congress lawmakers Anand Singh from Vijayanagar constituency in Ballari region and Ramesh Jarkiholi from Gokak constituency in Belagavi region sent in their resignation to the Speaker.
“I have come to submit my resignation to speaker,” Congress legislator Ramalinga Reddy, who was one of the resigning legislators, told news agency ANI. “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,” he added.
Speaker Ramesh Kumar, who could not receive the resignations as he was out of office said: “I was supposed to pick up my daughter that is why I went home, I have told my office to take resignations and give acknowledgement that 11 members resigned. Tomorrow is leave so I will see them on Monday.”
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and state minister D K Shivakumar had called an emergency meeting of Congress MLAs and corporators later today. “Nobody will resign, I had come to meet them,” Shivakumar said after meeting the Congress and JDS legislators at the Speaker’s office.
Attacking the coalition government in the state, BJP’s GVL Narsimha said, “Congress-JDS coalition has been rejected by people of Karnataka. Despite their coalition in Lok Sabha polls, BJP won a massive mandate. It clearly shows the mood of people. MLAs certainly seem to be facing brunt of public anger against coalition.”
To ease the matters, Karnataka Congress in-charge KC Venugopal arrived in Bengaluru , while Chef Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who is in the US presently, is likely to return to Bengaluru tomorrow.
Former Karnataka CM from BJP Sadananda Gowda earlier told ANI that Yeddyurappa will be the Chief Minister if a new government is formed in Karnataka.
Highlights from the Karnataka crisis
Mallikarjun Kharge: Have faith they will stay with us
Congress leader and former Union Minister Mallkarjun Kharge spoke on the crisis in Kranataka government. “Many of the MLAs who want to leave Congress have been associated with the party for a long time. I’ve faith that they’ll stay with us & support the party. I’m going to Bengaluru. I’ll make further comments after looking at the ground situation there,” he said.
Congress blames BJP for resignation of MLAs in Karnataka assembly
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala condemned the “orchestrated move” by the BJP that he alleged led to the resignations of MLAs in Karnataka and reminded PM Narendra Modi of his oath. He further said that the democracy is being crushed and denigrated under the sun.
He added that a new symbol of horse trading politics has emerged in the country and came up with acronym ‘MODI’— Mischievously Orchestrated Defections in India — in a dig at the prime minister.
Karnataka Cong in-charge Venugopal holds meeting
Karnataka Congress In-charge, K.C Venugopal holds a meeting with CLP Leader Siddaramaiah, KPCC Working President Eashwar Khandre, DK Shivakumar, DK Suresh and other leaders.
10 MLAs flown to Mumbai
Karnataka: 10 Congress-JD(S) MLAs have left for Mumbai. 3 Congress MLAs Ramalinga Reddy, S.T. Somashekar, & Munirathna have stayed behind. https://t.co/2DkV6Zuikx
— ANI (@ANI) July 6, 2019
10 Congress-JD(S) MLAs left for Mumbai, while 3 Congress MLAs Ramalinga Reddy, S.T. Somashekar, & Munirathna have stayed behind.
BJP has nothing to do with resignation of coalition MLAs: BSY
BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa suggested he has nothing to do with the resignations.
“I and my party have nothing to do with developments in other rival parties. I heard through media that Congress-JDS legislators have resigned from their Karnataka Assembly seats. I’m categorically reiterating that BJP has absolutely no say on the issue. We are closely watching political developments in Karnataka. One thing I can say is that people are not ready for elections. Elections are a burden on the state exchequer. If the situation arises we’ll definitely explore constitutional provisions to form next government,” he said.
Shivkumar responds to the media after tearing resignation letters
DK Shivakumar, Karnataka Minister from Congress, responded to the media after reports came that he tore the resignation letters. “Why should I not? Let them file a complaint, if they want to put me behind the bars, I’m ready. I have taken a very big risk’” he was quoted as saying by ANI
14 MLAs likely to have submitted resignation, according to H Vishwanath
14 Congress-JD(S) MLAs have submitted resignation to Speaker so far, says JD(S) MLA Vishwanath after meeting Karnataka Governor.
Senior Congress leaders to meet in New Delhi today
Karnataka Congress In-charge, K.C Venugopal holds meeting with CLP Leader Siddaramaiah, KPCC Working President Eashwar Khandre, DK Shivakumar, DK Suresh and other leaders after some of the Congress-JD(S) MLAs submitted their resignations, today. https://t.co/P1n6LgnBWv
— ANI (@ANI) July 6, 2019
Senior Congress leaders would be meeting in New Delhi to brainstorm on the crisis of the Karnataka coalition government.
No BJP hand in the development: Vishwanath
“There is no BJP hand in the developments. We are senior leaders and we have come to this decision after serious thought. JDS-Congress government has failed to discharge duties properly and they have failed to take the confidence of all the MLAs. So, we decided to resign,” Vishwanath told reporters.
H Vishwanath speaks to media after tendering resignation
JDS leader claims 14 MLAs have resigned
— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) July 6, 2019
“In Congress-JD (S) coalition government in Karnataka, 14 MLAs have resigned against the Government till now, We also met the Governor. We wrote to Speaker to accept our resignation. Coalition Government did not meet the expectations of the people of Karnataka. We have submitted resignation to the Karnataka Assembly Speaker. He assured us he will take a decision by Tuesday. This government did not take everyone into confidence in its functioning. That’s why we’ve resigned voluntarily today.”
The Numbers in Karnataka
This development reduces the tally of the number of the Congress and the JD(S) members in the assembly to 69 and 34, respectively.
The strength of the Karnataka Assembly is 224. For any party or coalition to form a government, they need 113 MLAs.
Currently, the BJP has 105. But if the BJP is able to make 15 MLAs from the coalition camp resign, it would bring the Assembly’s strength to 209. This would mean that the BJP could form the government with just its 105 MLAs.
(with ANI inputs)