Power struggle between Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy behind the Karnataka political crisis: BJP

NEW DELHI: It's the power struggle between the leader of Congress and the former prime minister and current incumbent HD Kumaraswamy, which has resulted in a political crisis in the state, the BJP senior leader and Union minister said on Sunday.

Speaking of false congressional assertion that the BJP withdrew after the MLA's resignation from the ruling alliance to destabilize the government in the state, Joshi said: his house first.

There is complete anarchy in Congress and its Karnataka unit is functioning as an independent entity, since the central leadership has nothing to say in the state unit, said Joshi, former head of state unit BJP, to PTI.

The crisis, which had been brewing since the BJP swept the parliamentary elections in the state, deepened as the 13th Congress and the JD (S) MLA presented their resignation to the speaker.

Congress and JD (S) managed to win only one seat each in the state with 28 Lok Sabha circumscriptions. The BJP got 25 seats and an independent supported by him won.

The staggering coalition in power for 13 months has a force of 118 in the 224-member assembly and runs the risk of losing the majority if resignations are accepted.

In stating that the resignation of the MLA is a Siddaramaiah game plan, Joshi said: The current political crisis is actually a result of the power struggle between Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy.

On the one hand, Siddaramaiah wants to destabilize the government and on the other, Congress leader DK Shivakumar is working to save him, said the BJP lawmaker from Dharwad in Karnataka.

Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar, who was not in his office when 12 of the coalition's rebel legislators went to present their papers on Saturday, said that if the government will fall or survive it will be decided in the assembly.

The assembly session will begin on July 12.

The coalition partners, JD (S) and Congress, have been plagued by dissensions over allocation of ministerial berths and distribution of Lok Sabha seats.

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