Karnataka politics news highlights: Congress and its ally JDS are fighting hard to save its government in Karnataka after two ministers and independent MLAs resigned on Monday. Nine Congress MLAs and three of JD(S) had gone to the Speaker’s office to put in their papers Saturday and later met Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan. Another Congress MLA, Anand Singh, submitted his resignation on July 1.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy returned to Bengaluru from a 10-day US trip on Sunday night and held a series of meetings in a bid to save the 13-month-old coalition government of the Congress-JD(S). Kumaraswamy met leaders of alliance partners as the government was pushed to the brink following the resignation of 13 Congress and JD(S) MLAs who submitted their letters to the Speaker’s office on Saturday, reducing the government’s strength in the Assembly to 105 from 118 in the 224-member Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
The BJP also has 105 MLAs and is the single largest party in the House. The coalition faces the risk of losing its majority if the resignations are accepted. Notably, the resignations of the 13 MLAs are yet to be accepted by the Speaker. However, the Speaker has confirmed that the MLAs have submitted their resignations to his office. He is likely to meet them on Tuesday.