Twelve MLAs of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government approached Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar on Saturday, 6 July, with their resignations. Out of the 11, eight MLAs are from the Congress and three are from the JD(S).
Since the Speaker is not at his chamber, the nine MLAs submitted their resignations to the Office of the Speaker before leaving for Raj Bhavan to meet the governor.
- If their resignation is accepted, the wobbly ruling coalition will lose majority in the 224-member Assembly
- Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar confirmed the resignations and said “whether the government will fall or survive” would be decided “in the Assembly”
- The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House, where half-way mark is 113
Kharge Leaves for Bengaluru
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that he had faith that the MLAs, who’ve resigned, will stick with the party.
“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 and support the party. I’m going to Bengaluru. I’ll make further comments after looking at the ground situation there,” said Kharge.
‘MODI – Mischievously Orchestrated Defections in India,’ Says Surjewala
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala accused PM Narendra Modi of encouraging defections.
“A new symbol of horse trading politics has emerged in the country, MODI – Mischievously Orchestrated Defections in India,” said Surjewala.
KC Venugopal Arrives in Bengaluru
Karnataka Congress in-charge KC Venugopal arrives in Bengaluru.
Congress Workers Protest
Congress workers protest outside the Congress office, against the MLAs who submitted their resignations to the Assembly Speaker today.
Holding Meetings Over Corporation Polls, Not Resignation: Deve Gowda
Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda said that he was holding a meeting with party workers to prepare for corporation polls and not over the resignations.
“I’m not going to react to anything. I have not spoken to anybody. I’m only holding my party workers meeting just to prepare ourselves for the corporation polls,” said Gowda.
Rebel JD(S)-Congress MLAs Reach Bengaluru Airport
Some JD(S)-Congress MLAs who resigned have reached HAL Airport in Bengaluru, reported ANI.
# Rebel Karnataka Congress-JDS MLAs who had submitted their resignations, are at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) airport in Bengaluru. They will fly to Goa on a special flight. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/m2JEGb3GgI
— ANI (@ANI) July 6, 2019
Karnataka Speaker to Return to Office on Tuesday
Talking to media, Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar said, “I was at Vidhan Soudha this morning. I even held a meeting with additional Chief Secretary, Finance. No one took any appointment with me over the phone or through a letter. Since one of my relatives is in hospital in a serious condition, I left office to meet him,”.
He said that Sunday is a holiday and he is busy with a personal work on Monday, he will return to office only on Tuesday. “When I called my office, I was told 11 people have given their resignation. I have told my office to give them appointment. I will talk to all of them,” he added.
Three MLAs Leave Vidhan Soudha with DK Shivakumar
According to sources, three Congress MLAs went with senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar, after the submitted their resignations. After the news of the resignations broke, DK Shivakumar had held a meeting with the Congress MLAs in Speaker’s chamber.
Talking to the media before this meeting, Shivakumar had said, “Nobody will resign. I have come to meet them.”
Last week, one Congress MLA Anand Singh had submitted his resignation. If these 11 MLAs submit their resignations, the strength of the coalition government will be reduced to 106.
BJP Needs 15 MLAs to Resign
The BJP, which has 105 seats in the Assembly, needed 15 MLAs to resign to bring down the coalition government and form its own. With these new resignations, the BJP will now require only three more MLAs to resign to topple the government.
According to BJP sources, more MLAs are expected to submit their resignations.
When asked if the BJP will form the government, BJP leader Sadananda Gowda said:
Sadananda Gowda, BJP Leader”The governor is the supreme authority, as per the constitutional mandate if he calls us, certainly we are ready to form the government. We are the single largest party, we have got 105 people with us.”