JD(S)-Congress Karnataka government on verge of collapse

Bengaluru, Jul 8 (IANS) :The JD-S-Congress government in Karnataka was on the verge of a collapse on Monday, with a lone legislator from a regional party and an Independent MLA withdrawing their support to the ruling coalition, which has already been hit by the resignations by over a dozen MLAs of the two parties.

R. Shankar, leader of regional outfit KPJP, resigned as Karnataka Municipal Administration Minister and H. Nagesh, an Independent MLA, quit as Minister for Small Scale Industries.

Both of them also withdrew their crucial support to the ruling coalition headed by JD-S leader H.D. Kumaraswamy, even as it made desperate attempts to save their 13-month-old government.

CM Kumaraswamy and his deputy Dr Parameshwara

As part of the effort, the JD-S and the Congress asked all their ministers to resign to pave the way for reconstitution of the Cabinet to accommodate the disgruntled and rebel MLAs. Accordingly, all the 22 Congress ministers and nine JD-S ministers submitted their resignations.

The developments followed resignation by 10 MLAs of the Congress and three of the JD-S from the Assembly two days back, expressing lack of confidence in the government.

Most of the Congress MLAs, after submitting their resignations on Saturday last, left Karnataka and parked themselves in a hotel in Mumbai. They planned to return to Bengaluru on Tuesday to meet the Speaker and press for their resignations, sources said.

Before the resignations, the ruling coalition had 118 MLAs, five more than the required majority mark of 113 in the 225-member Assembly.

They included 78 MLAs of the Congress (excluding the Speaker), 37 of the JD-S, one each from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and regional outfit Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janata Party (KPJP) and an Independent.

"I have this day, tendered my resignation from the council of ministers, headed by (Chief Minister) H.D. Kumaraswamy," said Nagesh, an Independent MLA from the Mulbagal (SC) Assembly constituency, in a letter to Governor Vajubhai Vala earlier in the day.

Nagesh, who handed over the letter to Vala at the Raj Bhavan, also mentioned that he was withdrawing his support to the government.

"I would by this letter, inform your good self that I withdraw my support to the government, headed by Kumaraswamy," he wrote.

In the evening, Shankar also resigned and said he would extend support to the BJP, which has 105 MLA in the Assembly, eight short of the majority.

"Minister for Municipal Administration R. Shankar met Governor Vajubhai Vala after submitting his resignation letter to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy," said a communique from Raj Bhavan here.

"He (Shankar) onwards extends the support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)," the communique added.

Shankar, the legislator from Ranebennur, floated the KPJP and contested the May 2018 assembly elections after leaving the Congress for being denied the party ticket.

Kumaraswamy had inducted Shankar and Nagesh into the cabinet on June 14 to ensure their support to his shaky government facing revolt from a dozen Congress rebel legislators since December.

Both had withdrawn support to the coalition government on January 15, after Shankar was dropped from the ministry on December 22 in a minor cabinet reshuffle-cum-expansion to ensure the government's stability.

These developments came just ahead of the Monsoon session of the state Assembly from July 12.

The Congress and the JD-S, which were making desperate attempts to save the government, blamed the Opposition BJP for the unrest in the ruling coalition.

"BJP's national leaders are behind this political crisis in the state. They do not want any government or any opposition party to rule in any state. They are destroying democracy," Congress MLA D.K. Suresh told reporters.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in New Delhi were quick to retort. "The BJP has nothing to do with the political crisis in Karnataka," Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Parliament.




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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Tue, Jul 9 2019

    Any government will head for disaster when they are not in a position to keep their flock together.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 9 2019

    All 10 Deserters were given Rs. 40 Crores each by BJP.
    Hindustan Times, Monday, Jul 08, 2019.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Tue, Jul 9 2019

    In the press meet yesterday Mr Siddaramaiah said Rs 15 to 20 crores and now Hindustan Times owned by Congress Rajya Sabha MP Shobhana Bhartia says Rs 40 crores.
    Let the amount be Rs 50 crores. Why make an issue?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 9 2019

    We want fresh Elections without Manipulated EVM's ...

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Tue, Jul 9 2019

    He (BSY) who laughs last, laughs the best.
    Rest in peace, Congress & JDS.

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 9 2019

    Poaching Kuthantra giri success.

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  • observer, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jul 9 2019

    His dream seems gonna shatter after Promising to Gift golden chariot to Kukke Subramanya temple as per astrologers instructions for his bright political future...

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  • VR, Udupi

    Tue, Jul 9 2019

    All the three parties are to be blamed as far as the mess in Karnataka is concerned. BJP's Karnataka unit should have patiently waited for the completion of the term or let the coalition fall on its own or due to internal issues. During next elections, BJP could have highlighted the failures and received much bigger majority. I think, BSY is interested to grab the opportunity and form a government. Being a ruling party at the center with a large nationwide majority, BJP should have taken a moral high ground and set a different standard. Even if BSY forms a government, there will be host of issues coming from the MLAs who have resigned from Congress, the JDS, independents and probably from the existing BJP MLAs as well. Thankfully, this mess is not there at the center.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, Jul 8 2019

    Yediyurappa will not allow anyone to run government in democratic way.
    He is masterminded behind all these issues. Once gets power he can loot poor people money.
    Sorry to say he is corrupt person in Karnataka political history.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Mon, Jul 8 2019

    Its all Karma.
    One year back Yeddi predicted that Father son Duo will finish Congress, it came true.
    Our own Janardhan Poojaryji warned against giving controll of Karnataka Congress to Sidhu and that he has joined congress only to score against HDD and in turn finish congress also. That explains all the old guards like SMK, Rama Linga Reddy and H Vishwanath leaving congress. Only option for congress left now to form Govt is in Wayanad. Siddhu can be CM and Bail Raja can be PM of Wayanad.

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  • SB, Mlore

    Mon, Jul 8 2019

    Even though am a BJP supporter, I dont support BJP's attempt to topple this Govt at this stage. Howmuchever this coalition partners continue jabbing each other and pull this broken cart for some more time, BJP has chances of winning more seats. Every month the coalition govt succeeds in going ahead, we would have got one seat extra. So if somehow they would have had left HDK and Siddu alone, by the end of the year they would have publicly fought and disintegrated. BJP would have comfortable reached 150 seats in mid term poll in 2020. Even the Govt made with the support of these rebels will not last long as these people are unpredictable.

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Mon, Jul 8 2019

    BJP now adopts Italian MAFIA style to rule India. Real Italian Bahu is pure Indian and adopts real democracy. Indians are not thinking who voted for BJP. Sad.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 8 2019

    indian cows government's economy collapsed. karnataka state government on a verge of collapse.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jul 8 2019

    Now we will get to know the Real Power of BJP with Ballot Paper ...

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