A police probe into the surveillance allegations had revealed two weeks earlier that phones of several politicians, bureaucrats and journalists were tapped in recent months during the tenure of former chief minister Kumaraswamy.
"I'm observing where today's politics is going. It's not for good people, it's about caste infatuation. Don't bring in my family. I'm done. Let me live in peace. I don't have to continue in politics. I did good when I was in power. I want space in people's heart," Kumaraswamy said.
The leaders who have approached the apex court are Prathap Gouda Patil, BC Patil, Shivaram Hebbar, ST Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj and Munirathna. They have sought direction for quashing and setting aside the order of the Speaker rejecting the resignations tendered by them.
In an indication of lack of trust between coalition partners the JD(S) and the Congress, a viral video purportedly showed Nikhil Kumaraswamy asking JD(S) workers to prepare themselves for assembly poll, saying one doesn't know when it would come.
Buoyed by the landslide win in the Lok Sabha polls in the state, the BJP, which is the single-largest party in the 224-member Karnataka Assembly with 105 MLAs, is eyeing to capture power amid reports of rift between the coalition partners.
Leaders of the Congress and JDS —- including former chief minister Siddaramaiah and Kumaraswamy —- have since the Lok Sabha polls in the state engaged in sharp exchanges, highlighting the internal contradictions in the coalition.
Nikhil, a 30-year-old actor, was unveiled as the candidate a day after the former PM announced the candidature of another grandson, Prajwal Revanna, 29, son of Karnataka PWD Minister H D Revanna, from Hassan constituency.