Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy has sought to know that why should he step down from the post. This statement comes amidst turmoil in the government after the resignations of several MLA’s from Congress and JD( S).
“Why should I resign? What is the necessity for me to resign now?,” Kumaraswamy shot back to reporters in Bengaluru, amidst the speculation that he could put in his papers in the wake of the crisis that has pushed his coalition government to the brink of collapse.
He recalled that in 2009-10, 18 MLAs, including some ministers, had “opposed” the then chief minister BS Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party but he had not resigned.
The chief minister held discussions with senior Congress leaders on Thursday, after the coalition government headed by him suffered a fresh jolt with two more Congress legislators resigning on Wednesday, talking the tally of MLAs who have put in their papers to 16.
The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition faces the threat of losing its majority in the Assembly if the resignations are accepted as its current tally is 116 in the 224 member House.
Congress MLAs MTB Nagaraj and K Sudhakar submitted their resignations to assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar at his chamber in Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat, on Wednesday.
The Karnataka unit of the BJP, led by its chief Yeddyurappa, staged a protest at the Vidhan Soudha on Wednesday demanding the resignation of Kumaraswamy, who they claimed had lost majority in the House.