Bangalore: With 8 MLAs resignation, including five of Congress, HD Karnataka. the Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka is on the verge of collapse, reports indicate. Eight of these legislators have now gone to the Governor’s office. If these resignations are accepted, the coalition government’s numbers will fall down to 105 in an Assembly where the majority mark is 116.
However, the Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar, who is known to be the troubleshooter for the Congress in the state, is trying to keep the flock together. “Nobody will resign. I had come to meet the MLAs,” he said after meeting the Congress and JDS legislators at the Speaker’s office. He left with about three to four Congress legislators to try and persuade them to change their mind.
The BJP, which has 105 legislators, says the party has nothing to do with the walkout by the Congress legislators – and says if the government falls, the BJP should be invited to form the government. The Congress-JDS coalition had an extremely poor showing in the Lok Sabha elections with both parties only managing to win one each of the state’s 28 seats. The rest were scooped up by the BJP, led by former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.