Karnataka MLAs Resign, Karnataka Political Crises Today Live News Updates: There is no end in sight to the Karnataka crisis as 21 Congress ministers and nine JDS ministers resigned from the Cabinet to placate the 14 rebel MLAs who withdrew their support to the Congress-JD(S) coalition on Monday. Two independent MLAs Nagesh and R Shankar stepped down earlier in the day while 13 MLAs had submitted their resignations to the Speaker on Saturday. Congress MLA from Bidar North, Rahim Mahmood Khan, on the other hand, threatened to resign from the Assembly, PTI reported.
Meanwhile, the dissident MLAs left Mumbai for Goa in the evening. The coalition was pushed to the brink on Saturday after 13 Congress and JD(S) MLAs submitted their resignations to bring its number to 105, on par with the BJP, in the 224-member Assembly even as several other rebels are reported to be waiting to exit. The resignations of the 13 MLAs, at least 10 of whom have moved to a Mumbai hotel, are yet to be accepted by the Speaker.
The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength after Nagesh withdrawing his support, stood at 117 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-1), besides the Speaker. The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the MLAs are accepted by the Speaker, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 104. The Speaker also has a vote.