On Monday, 30 ministers of the JD(S)-Congress government, including 21 of Congress and nine of JD(S) quit the government, in order to streamlining way for a Cabinet reshuffle to save the government from complete collapse.The Karnataka government crisis got worse,that has shaken up the southern state yet again. All 30 ministers of the Karnataka government quit on Monday to give a free hand to Chief Minister HD Kumarswamy to reshuffle his Cabinet to include rebel MLAs. One of the two, H Nagesh flew to Mumbai to join the group of rebel MLAs.
However, two other Independent MLAs also withdrew support from the coalition government, further bringing down the numbers of the government in the 224-member Karnataka assembly.
The Congress-JD(S) coalition government is fighting to avoid a collapse after many of its MLAs submitted resignations, Members of Congress hold a protest march in Kalaburagi over the political situation in the state.
Top BJP leadership, including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, has denied any role in score the Karnataka political turmoil while both the ruling parties have accused them of horse-trading.
The 13 MLAs who had resigned on Saturday, triggering the fresh crisis in Karnataka, have now moved to Goa after a brief stay at a Mumbai hotel. An Independent MLA who resigned on Monday also accompanied them to Goa.
Karnataka Congress' legal department has petitioned Speaker, requesting him not to accept resignations of 13 Congress-JD(S) legislators, alleging that rules have not been followed during its submission.
Speaking to India Today TV, former CM and Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa said that he is expecting more MLAs to quit, till then BJP will wait and watch. Yeddyurappa also denied any role in the crisis and said that the MLAs were fed up of the coalition government.
Congress held several protests in Bengaluru and outside the Mumbai hotel where the MLAs were holed up. Congress workers brought a horse to the protests to symbolise the alleged horse-trading that has hit Karnataka,BJP has demanded the resignation of CM Kumaraswamy. The governance in Karnataka has completely collapsed and Kumaraswamy should resign immediately and pave way for formation of a new government, BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje said on Monday.
The political crisis in Karnataka is having its effect in Parliament too. The issue was raised in Parliament yesterday. Today, Congress' MPs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and K Suresh have given Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha over the situation.
Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar refused to accept resignations of the rebel MLAs saying no one met him to submit resignation,I have certain rules. I'll go by that. Then decision will be taken. I have to be responsible. Certain things in law are implied. Office of Speaker should behave responsibly. No time-frame is mentioned there, said by Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to media: