More problems for HDK: another independent MLA leaves the government and extends support to BJP

BENGALURU: Minister and independent MLA R Shankar resigned on Monday from H D Kumaraswamy's cabinet and extended his support to the opposition BJP.

Shankar met with the state governor and conveyed his decision to support BJP, said a communication from Raj Bhavan.

The MLA of Ranebennur, who resigned as minister of municipal administration, then went to Mumbai.

His movement came soon after another. Independent MLA and Minister H Nagesh resigned of the Council of Ministers and withdrew support for the government led by Kumaraswamy for 13 months.

The withdrawal of support from the two MLAs to the government has dealt another blow to the coalition that is teetering on the verge of collapse after 13 MLA of the combined resigned on Saturday.

With Shankar's decision, the numbers of the BJP in the assembly of 224 members increased to 107, while the strength of the governing coalition was reduced to 116, excluding the President. The mark halfway is 113.

If the President accepts the resignation of the 13 MLA, the government numbers will fall to 103.