In a breather to the Congress-JDS alliance, Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Tuesday rejected the resignations of nine of 14 coalition MLAs on the ground that they were not tendered in the correct format.
"I've booked a room here. My friends are staying here. There has been a small problem, we've to hold negotiations. We can't go for a divorce immediately. There is no question of threatening, we love and respect each other," Shivakumar told reporters outside the hotel.
Karnataka political crisis HIGHLIGHTS: After the mass resignations — 21 Congress and nine JD(S) ministers — the H D Kumaraswamy government in the state is barely hanging by a thread. Follow this space to track the latest news.
"All JD(S) ministers have also resigned like the 21 Congress ministers who have submitted their resignations. The Cabinet will be reshuffled at the earliest," the Chief Minister's Office said on Twitter.
Karnataka crisis LIVE updates: While BJP claimed that the resignations were the result of an ongoing "power struggle" between former chief minister Siddaramaiah and incumbent HD Kumaraswamy, the grand old party alleged BJP's hand behind the developments.
Even though most exit polls predicted a hung assembly, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to form the government in Karnataka with a simple majority, handing out a severe drubbing to the ruling Congress and relegating the Janata Dal (Secular) to the third spot.