Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Downfall of Ktaka coalition govt predicted when it was formed: Shiv Sena

Downfall of Ktaka coalition govt predicted when it was formed: Shiv Sena

Congress MLA, Anand Singh, submitted his resignation on 1 July, and this brings the total to 13.

Terming the BJP a "poacher party", Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Monday said his party will try to raise the Karnataka-crisis issue in Parliament, but not reveal its strategy. "As is being witnessed through the day, the coalition government has lost its majority and even the two independent ministers have submitted their resignation to the governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala". "We will try to accommodate those MLAs who have resigned & interested to be the ministers", he said in a tweet.

The crisis of the 13-month-old government's survival had been brewing ever since the BJP won a landslide in the parliamentary polls in the state. Meanwhile, JDS MLA Devanand Fulsingh Chavan of Nagthan failed to turn up for the legislative party meeting, and party supremo H D Deve Gowda called him on Sunday morning, and asked him to attend the meeting.

The strength of the ruling coalition in Karnataka has come down to 105, which is eight short of the half-way mark of 113.

With these developments, the JD (S) will also have to co-operate with Congress in making Siddaramaiah the next CM.

The numbers of the coalition further fell with an independent MLA, H Nagesh tendering his resignation.

"He (Shankar) onwards extends the support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)", the communique added. "It is they who are engineering dissent within their party". After the resignation of all ministers, AICC general secretary KC Venugopal lauded the move and called on rebels to come back into the party fold.

Both had withdrawn support to the coalition government on January 15, after Shankar was dropped from the ministry on December 22 in a minor cabinet reshuffle-cum-expansion to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. The discussions were held with Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) working president Eshwar Khandre, Siddaramaiah, Kharge, ministers MB Patil and DK Shivakumar, and MP DK Suresh to save the coalition. "It is disgraceful that the party is attempting to topple a democratically elected government and grab power through the back door when the state is reeling under one of the worst droughts". "They took our MLAs to a five star hotel in Mumbai", Chowdhury was quoted as saying by PTI. The Minister said BJP is fully committed to adhere to the democratic norms.

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