All the 30 ministers of the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka resigned on Monday paving way for Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to reshuffle the cabinet and include rebel MLAs.
21 Congress MLAs resign from cabinet ‘voluntarily’ from the cabinet followed by 9 JD(S) MLAs resignation.
The crisis deepened again after 2 Independent MLAs pulled out of the government and joined the rebels.
While Tuesday will be a crucial day for the government, as speaker KR Ramesh Kumar will take the decision on resignation of the MLAs.
Remember, 13 Congress-JD(S) legislators resigned on Saturday, triggering the fresh crisis in Karnataka. 2 independent MLAs also withdrew support taking the number of rebels to 15.
According to reports, the Karnataka Congress’ legal department requested the Speaker to not accept the resignations of MLAs and alleged that rules were not followed during its submission.
Meanwhile, 15 rebel MLAs were shifted to Goa from Mumbai on Monday, following protests by Youth Congress workers outside the hotel in Mumbai.
Some say Congress senior leader DK Shivakumar headed for Mumbai Monday, triggered the shifting of rebels.
If the recent resignations are accepted, the Karnataka assembly currently with 224 MLAs (one additional member is nominated), the majority mark in the assembly becomes 106.
The strength of the Congress-JD(S) coalition will be down with 103 MLAs, while the BJPs will have the support of 107 MLAs.
Adding more trouble to the 13-month-old coalition government, suspended congress legislator Roshan Baig on Monday said he would resign soon from the assembly.
He also refused to attend the Congress legislative party (CLP) meeting on Tuesday.
Roshan, however, claimed that he won’t resign on Tuesday as he has to arrange flights for Haj pilgrimage.
“No, no… still not decided (to join BJP). I am still a Congressman but this is final that I am going to resign as MLA,” the former minister said.
The political turmoil in the state was also echoed in the parliament with Congress accusing the BJP responsible for the current crisis in the state.
Taking a dig at the congress, defence minister Rajnath Singh said, “Trend of submitting resignations was started by Rahul Gandhi in Congress, it wasn’t started by us.”