Karnataka Political Crisis Live News Updates: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar Thursday said he needs to examine the resignations submitted by rebel MLAs in the ruling Congress JD(S) coalition government and ascertain if they are genuine. Briefing the media after his almost one-hour meeting with the MLAs, Kumar said he was “hurt” over reports that he is delaying the resignation process of the MLAs, adding that “it is not (his) job to save anyone.”
The Speaker received fresh resignations of eight of the ten rebel MLAs who had approached the Supreme Court earlier. The apex court allowed the ten MLAs to meet the Speaker at 6 PM and convey again their decision to resign. The court directed the Speaker to decide on the resignations during the course of the day.
With the political crisis in the state causing more trouble for the beleaguered Congress-JD(S) alliance in the state, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy chaired a crucial cabinet meeting to discuss the situation. The state Cabinet meeting resolved to face the situation “bravely” and said it was ready to face a no-confidence motion, if moved by the opposition BJP. Earlier today, Kumaraswamy held a meeting with senior Congress leaders DK Shivakumar, Eshwar Khandre, Siddaramaiah, KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Dinesh Gundu Rao at Kumara Krupa guesthouse in Bengaluru.
Sixteen MLAs, including Housing Minister M T B Nagaraj, have resigned and two Independent legislators — R Shankar and H Nagesh — have withdrawn support to the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. If the resignations are accepted by the Speaker, the strength of the coalition will fall to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 plus two Independents clearing the way for the BJP to seek a trust vote.