Congress-JD (S) struggles to save the government of Karnataka as the exodus continues; BJP demands the resignation of HDK
BENGALURU: Struggling hard to save one of his few state governments, along with his ally, JD (S) on Monday held a firefighting exercise in Karnataka with ministers from both sides who voluntarily resigned to enter the MLA cabinet they have He rebelled against the coalition.
The crisis that affected the government of 13 months after more than a dozen MLA of the joint decision was withdrawn on Saturday, deepened with two ministers and independent MLA who resigned from the ministry and withdrew their support for the coalition.
Incidentally, the two were incorporated into the unstable ministry last month after a new attack of dissent and to prevent them from putting themselves on the side of the BJP .
The issue was echoed in Parliament, where the government denied any role in the political turmoil, even when Congress accused him of plotting a conspiracy.
In the Lok Sabha, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the resignation campaign was initiated by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
The great leaders of Congress are resigning, he said.
Although the government of Prime Minister H D Kumaraswamy appeared on the verge of collapse, the leader of JD (S), who returned from his 10-day trip to the United States on Sunday, showed a brave face and said he was not afraid of events.
The government has plunged into a crisis with 13 MLA, 10 from Congress and three from JD (S), who presented their resignations to the assembly on Saturday.
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Two independent MLAs quit Kumaraswamy ministry, announce support to BJP
Two MLA and independent ministers, H Nagesh and R Shankar, resigned on Monday and withdrew their 13-month government support.
Karnataka minister R Shankar resigned from the cabinet and extended support to the opposition BJP. Shankar met state Governor Vajubhai Vala and conveyed his decision to support the BJP, a communication from the Raj Bhavan said.
His move came shortly after another independent MLA and Minister H Nagesh resigned from the council of ministers and withdrew support for Kumaraswamy.
The two independent MLAs later joined the rebel MLA, which is supposedly camping in Goa.
The total strength of the JD (S) -Congress coalition after Nagesh and Shankar withdrew their support is 116 (Congress-78, JD (S) -37 and BSP-1), in addition to the speaker.
With the support of two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the MLAs are accepted, the coalition's tally will be reduced to 103. The Speaker also has to vote
BJP demands Kumaraswamy's resignation
BJP, on its part, demanded immediate resignation of Kumaraswamy, saying his government was in 'minority'.
If you have dignity, honor and self-esteem, or if you know the culture and traditions of Karnataka, you should resign immediately ... Do not try to stay in the chair. It does not have the numbers. former deputy CM R Ashok said.
BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje also demanded the resignation of the coalition government and said Governance in Karnataka has completely collapsed and chief minister H D Kumaraswamy should resign immediately and pave way to formation of a new government.
There is no government at all in Karnataka now. It will fall at any time. We demand Kumaraswamy's resignation and an opportunity must be given to form a new government, Karandlaje told reporters outside Parliament.
It is stagnant and the government has completely collapsed. Even the officials are upset. There was no work geared toward growth in the state in the last year, he said.
Kumaraswamy is not concerned at all with the development of the state. When the state sank into a crisis, the prime minister stayed in the United States and before that was in a resort, he said.
The Ministers of Congress-JD (S) renounce to pave the way for the reorganization of the cabinet
On a busy day of political activities, Congress took the initiative to save the government and held the meeting at the residence of Deputy Prime Minister G Parameshwara, which was attended by high-level leaders, including the AICC general secretary, KC Venugopal.
At the end of the meeting, the party said that all of its 21 ministers resigned voluntarily to allow a cabinet reshuffle and give way to disgruntled legislators.
JD (S) followed his example later with nine of his ministers who resigned after Kumaraswamy met with the leaders of Congress.
Because of the great interest of the party, yesterday and today, we had detailed discussions with leaders and high-level ministers, Venugopal told reporters.
The leader of the legislative party of the Congress, Siddaramaiah, among others, attended the meeting.
Siddaramaiah also said that all the ministers of Congress have voluntarily resigned and given full freedom to the party to reorganize the ministry.
All #JDS ministers have submitted their resignations as well as the 21 ministers of #Congress. Cabinet reorganization will happen soon, the minister's office said in a tweet.
Under the coalition agreement, of the total of 34 ministerial positions, Congress and JD (S) have shared 22 and 12 bunks respectively.
Before the eventual resignation of Shankar, who recently became a minister under the Congress fee, Siddaramiah said that he also offered to resign, but they had not accepted it.
Congress had filled all of its berths, while there were two vacancies under JD (S) after Nagesh resigned on Monday, as he was appointed minister under the regional party fee.
Siddaramaiah said the reorganization will be made based on eligibility, social justice and regional balance.
In a message to the disgruntled MLAs, he said: I want to tell them, do not fail to pray to BJP, we will listen to you and sort out your issues, do not take this decision. on behalf of the party, he said, adding efforts were to pacify them.
He said the reorganization of the cabinet will happen as soon as possible after a discussion with the party's high command.
'I'm not afraid': Kumaraswamy
In response to political events, Kumaraswamy said he was not afraid of events and that he was concentrating on fulfilling his responsibilities.
I have no fear about the political developments, I will not discuss about the political developments ... I have nothing about what BJP people are doing and what others are doing, he said.
The leader of JD (S) evaded a direct response to a question about the resignation of 13 MLA and simply said To see.
'Maharashtra BJP not aware of presence of rebel Karnataka MLAs'
In Mumbai, the Maharashtra BJP claimed it was not aware of the presence of the dissident Congress-JD (S) MLAs from Karnataka even as a saffron party leader was spotted at the hotel where the legislators are put up.
Maharashtra BJP legislator Prasad Lad was seen at the hotel on Sunday and Monday. I did not speak to media.
it resonates in the parliament
In Parliament, the leader of the Congress, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, alleged that the Modi government was plotting a conspiracy to break the government led by Congress in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.
This government is secretly plotting a conspiracy against the state government. They took our MLAs to a five-star hotel in Mumbai, Chowdhury said during Hour Zero.
However, Rajnath Singh denied any role of the party-led government, saying that what is currently happening in Karnataka, we have no connection with that.