Bengaluru: CM Kumaraswamy rejects BJP's demand for his resignation

Bengaluru, Jul 11 (IANS): Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday rejected the opposition BJP's demand for him to quit as his coalition government has been reduced to 'minority' after 16 legislators of the ruling Congress-JD-S submitted their resignations to Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar.

"Why should I resign? What is the necessity?," retorted Kumaraswamy in Kannada when asked amid speculation that he would submit his resignation to state Governor Vajubhai Vala after a cabinet meeting in the afternoon.

Clarifying that he would attend the monsoon session of the state Legislative Assembly beginning here on Friday, Kumaraswamy said how could the Bharatiya Janata Party make such a demand when its former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa did not resign after 18 of his legislators revolted against him in 2008-09.

"You should ask him (Yeddyurappa) why he did not resign after 18 BJP legislators went to the then governor and gave a joint letter withdrawing their support to him," recalled Kumaraswamy.

Ahead of the cabinet meeting, Kumaraswamy met senior Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad, party's state in-charge K.C. Venugopal, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah, party's state president Dinesh Gundu Rao and Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara on dealing with the crisis gripping their year-old government.

Kumaraswamy's rejection came a day after a BJP delegation, led by Yeddyurappa, on Wednesday petitioned the Governor in Raj Bhavan here seeking the incumbent leader's resignation, as he lost majority and had no moral right to continue as Chief Minister of the coalition government any longer.


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  • Arthur, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 12 2019

    Bjp doesn't give a damn about the Indian economy or the economic prospects of Indians. The political crisis and uncertainty in Karnataka and Goa caused by BJPs lust for power will cause investors to reconsider their plans to invest in India.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    BJP is flushed with Illegal Money ...

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  • JOHN, mangalore/kuwait

    Thu, Jul 11 2019


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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    yaraddo duddu nivu maja madi,,,,5 star hotel, petrol, oota, innu en en maditiro,,yestu billgalu pass agideyo eno?,,nivu maja madi

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Our opposition (united) and some splinter regional political parties are now facing survival strategy and by next general elections BJP may sweep/eliminate regional elements and dump in the thrash.

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  • RkR, Mangalore/ Dubai

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    The day he resign it’s an end of JDS and Congress coalition
    People will tear them apart into pieces.

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  • Maria Shilaja, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    The loser is eventually Congress in the formation of the coalition and the destruction of the coalition.
    If the coalition breaks and elections are announced Cong will be wiped out. JDS may survive on hafta for supporting BJP. If BJP has majority, then its curtain down for both parties.

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  • Paul, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    HDK Anna you cant handle crisis ...its DKS & Sidhu tiger who are struggling . So resghin & give post to Sidhu or DKS as CM.
    Otherwise we will have greedy Yeddy & DCM shobha where our karnataka will be in soup...
    So please get down save karnataka

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  • Chandra, Surathkal

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    You are saying DKS or Sidhu............and there is no stability in your statement itself.............forget about the state

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  • SM, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Power is Everything...

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  • Niranjan Baba, Someshwara

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    Sidda will become once again CM.. Revanna will be Deputy CM.

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  • NAVEEN, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    No way....

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  • Edwin, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 11 2019

    How? If its a coalition Govt, the CM will always be HDK as that was the unconditional agreement of the coalition. It was a request and subsequent agreement from SoGa and RaGa after RS elections to save RaGa sinking career. If Cong backs off and try to appoint Siddu , for sure HDK will withdraw support later fi not now. Perhaps we can have Governors rule for sometime and then fresh elections. Elections will not favor Cong, as for sure the party is going to be washed out due to the current fiasco of forced mandate. The coalition has walked deeper into a trap. I hate to admit, it will be BJP or JDS - BJP.

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