With the sword of uncertainty or call it Damocles' Sword hanging over the 14-month old H.D. Kumaraswamy Government following the resignation of 13 MLAs, leaders of the JD (S) and the Congress on Sunday are making last-ditch efforts to save the coalition government. Are we sanyasis (hermits)? While the discussions were ripe that the rebel MLAs wanted senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge to become the next CM.
The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and Congress government in Karnataka is staring into an uncertain future as three Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and eight Congress legislators on Saturday resigned from their respective Assembly segments, sources said. Those MLAs, who resigned from the Assembly, include BC Patil, H Vishwanath, Narayan Gowda, S Hebbar, Mahesh Kumatalli, Gopalayya, Ramesh Jharkiholi, and Pratap Gowda Patil.
The crisis, which had been brewing ever since the BJP swept the parliamentary polls in the state, deepened as the group of MLAs reached the Speaker's office to put in their papers and later met Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan.
If the 12 resignations submitted on Saturday and MLA Anand Singh's resignation, submitted on July 1, are accepted the coalition will have the support of 106 MLAs, against the BJP's 105. He is expected to return this evening.
Deve Gowda is said to have placed the buck directly on Siddaramaiah of being responsible for the collapse of the coalition government in Karnataka. The Ministers are likely to be informed about this at a breakfast meeting convened by Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara on Monday. According to me the coalition government has lost majority and it is the opinion expressed in all leading papers. "I have not quit the JD (S), this resignation is only for the MLA's post", he said. It is learnt that Ahmed Patel has questioned Siddaramaiah as to why no steps were taken to prevent his own confidantes from tendering resignation.
Meanwhile, the Congress has blamed the BJP for the resignation of the MLAs.
Mr. Kumaraswamy, who returned to Bengaluru from the US on Sunday night, immediately met senior Congress leaders, including AICC general secretary K.C. Venugopal, Mallikarjuna Kharge and Siddaramaiah, and JD (S) leaders. "Let Karnataka not fall prey to Modi's conspiracy". Both Congress and JD (S) leaders decide to seek resignations of 10 senior ministers to accommodate 10 disgruntled MLAs. Kharge reacted to the present political uproar in the state saying that "many of the MLAs who want to leave Congress have been associated with the party for a long time. Instead of unnecessarily blaming BJP at least now concentrate towards development", it added. "The Centre is trying to get rid of this government", he said.
"I hope that everything will be resolved soon, and ready for any sacrifices to save the government and the party".
"I appeal to our leaders and activists not to speak against the alliance government, Chief Minister or Deve Gowda".
Congress' Ramalinga Reddy (MLA from BTM Layout Assembly), ST Somashekhar (MLA from Yeswanthpur), Byrathi Basavaraj of KR Pura, K Gopalaiah of Mahalaxmi layout and Munirathna from Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency are the Bengaluru legislators who have resigned from the Assembly.