A total of 11 MLAs belonging to the ruling Congress-JD(S) dispensation in Karnataka tendered their resignation on Saturday (6 July), as per state assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, The Hindu has reported.
The speaker while addressing the media claimed that he would look into the resignations on Tuesday (9 June). These letters were submitted by the rebel MLAs to his secretary in his absence from the state secretariat.
The 11 MLAs who are said to have submitted their resignation letters are:
- H Vishwanath - JDS
- Mahesh Kumthalli - Congress
- B C Patil - Congress
- Ramesh Jarkiholi - Congress
- Shivaram Hebbar - Congress
- Narayan Gowda - JDS
- Gopalia - JDS
- S T Somashekar - Congress
- Muniratna - Congress
- Pratap Gowda - Congress
- Byrathi Basavaraj - Congress
After submitting their resignation, the MLAs headed to the Raj Bhavan to meet with Governor Vajubhai Vala. Besides these 11 MLAs four more Congress MLAs are said to have arrived at the Vidhana Soudha, purportedly to tender their resignations as well.
As a result of this development, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and State minister DK Shivakumar are set to convene an emergency meeting of Congress MLAs from Bengaluru at 5 PM.
As far as the numbers go, the assembly’s current strength is 224 MLAs excluding the speaker. If 11 ruling MLAs resign the strength comes down to 213, with the half-way mark being 107.
Sans the resignations, the ruling Congress-JD(S)+ combine has 119 MLA which may come down to at least 108. The BJP+ on the other hand has 106 MLAs, which is enough to give sleepless nights to Kumaraswamy and co prior to any potential floor test.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.