Era Resignations starts in congress and JDS Government
Eight MLAs from Congress and three from JDS have tendered their resignations to Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh. These MLAs are AH Vishwanath, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Somashekar, Pratap Gouda Patil, Gopaliah, BC Patil, Mahesh Kumtahallli, Narayana Gowda, Byrati Basavaraj, Shivram Hebbar and Ramalinga Reddy. Most of these MLAs were reportedly unhappy with their respective parties for their own set of reasons ever since Congress and Janta dal secular (JDS) came together in Karnataka.
Within Congress' state unit, for instance, it is reported that most of the dissenting MLAs have been extremely unhappy with the coalition government and how it has worked in Karnataka. Most of these MLAs are also unhappy that they were ignored for ministerial posts. The most significant among these is Ramalinga Reddy who was the home minister in the previous state government under Siddaramaiah but was not made a minister in the government under Kumaraswamy. He is believed to be leading three Congress MLAs on the exit route from the party. Sources say that Reddy may still reconsider his decision to resign if Siddaramaiah is made the CM. The other dissenting camp within the Congress is being led by Ramesh Jarkiholi who too was a minister only to be replaced by his own brother Satish. Angered by this decision, Ramesh has repeatedly threatened to quit in the past. Now, he is leading four dissenting MLAs and it is suspected that he could join the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) If and when his resignation is accepted Now, it could all boil down to how the numbers stack up in the Karnataka Assembly in case all the resignations are accepted by Speaker Ramesh Kumar, possibly on Tuesday. One Congress MLA - Anand Singh - had already resigned last Monday. Eight more have followed from Congress, apart from three JDS MLAs. If all 12 resignations are accepted, the Congress-JDS combine could come down to 103, a number that is not only less than the majority mark but also less than the 105 seats BJP enjoys in the Assembly.Meanwhile, the eight Congress MLAs who have resigned are in a Mumbai hotel.