11 K’taka MLAs resign sending ruling party’s leaders in a dizzy
The 13 month-old Karnataka’s coalition government of Janata Dal (Secular) and the Congress slumped into political crisis as 11 MLAs resigned on Saturday. There has been political uncertainty in the state since BJP swept the Parliamentary polls in the state.
Since long the coalition leaders expressed fears that the BJP was trying to dislodge the government. The development comes days after two Congress legislators – Anand Singh and Ramesh Jarkiholi from Vijayanagar constituency in Ballari region and Gokak constituency in Belagavi region, respectively, sent their resignations to the speaker.
Among those who resigned included, AH Vishwanath, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Somashekar, Pratap Gouda Patil, Gopaliah, BC Patil, Mahesh Kumtahalli, Nayaran Gowda, Byrati Basavaraj, Shivram Hebbar and Ramalinga Reddy.
Sources reveal that if the resignations are accepted, the coalition will lose majority in the 222-member assembly and its strength will come down which will include the speaker. On the other hand, the BJP will get close to the required majority.
Given this political crunch, the CM HD Kumaraswami who is currently in the US has been forced to cut short his visit and will fly back on Sunday.
Also, the former CM and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on late Saturday evening held a meeting at his residence of the party MLAs and expressed his dismay at the situation of the party.