Karnataka crisis LIVE news update: In a breather to the beleaguered Congress-JDS government, rebel MLA MTB Nagaraj said that he has decided to stay back in the Congress. “I had given resignation from MLA’s post. All the leaders are asking me to stay in Congress since morning. I have decided to stay in the party,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Hectic negotiations had been going on at Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah’s residence to placate Nagaraj. ” We will try to convince Chikkaballapur MLA K Sudhakar and both of us will take our resignation back,” Nagaraj added.
Earlier in the day, state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa made it clear that his party will press Kumaraswamy to seek trust vote in the Assembly on Monday, asserting that the Congress-JD(S) coalition government has lost majority and its collapse was imminent.
As the crisis that threatens the survival of the 13-month-old government stretched into the eighth day, five more rebel Karnataka Congress MLAs approached the Supreme Court today, saying that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations. The MLAs also alleged that they “are being forced to support the government on the threat of disqualification”. If all the resignations are accepted, the coalition’s numbers in the 224-member House will fall to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 MLAs and the support of two Independents. The BJP can win a confidence vote if at least 11 resignations are accepted.