In a last-ditch effort to save the 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka which has been hit by resignations of over a dozen MLAs, the Congress has said its ministers have resigned voluntarily to enable a reshuffle of the cabinet and make way for the disgruntled legislators.
This was stated by party’s legislative leader Siddaramaiah after the meeting of the party leaders and ministers held at Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara’s residence in Bengaluru. During the meeting, all 22 congress ministers submitted their resignation letters to Siddaramaiah to make way for the rebel legislators and save the coalition government.
DK Shivakumar, who is a minister in the HD Kumaraswamy government, has said that the party will take action against rebel leaders.
Intensifying the crisis today, all ministers from JDS also submitted their resignations just like Congress ministers. Earlier in the day, independent MLA Nagesh also resigned and declared support to BJP.
The 34-member ministry has 22 Congress ministers, 10 from JD(S) and one each from KPJP and Independent.
Trouble started on Saturday when 10 Congress and three JD-S lawmakers resigned expressing lack of confidence in the government. However, Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar is yet to decide on the resignations.