Visuals of what appeared to be a resignation letter of Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy went viral on social media late Monday evening (22 July), soon after which the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) issued a statement calling it fake, ANI has reported.
The letter addressed to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala which was reportedly kept at Kumaraswamy’s table at the Vidhan Soudha read that the latter was resigning due to “personal reasons”. The letter also requests the Governor to dissolve Karnataka’s council of ministers effective today.
कर्नाटक विधानसभा : सीएम @hd_kumaraswamy की टेबल पर एक इस्तीफे की कॉपी रखी है। CMO का कहना है कि वो फर्जी कॉपी हैं जो सोशल मीडिया पर वायरल है खुद कुमारस्वामी उसको पढ़ते नज़र आ रहे हैं। बीच में कुमार स्वामी अपनी कुर्सी से उठकर अफसरों की तरफ गए और उसको लेकर कुछ बातचीत करते नज़र आये। pic.twitter.com/YTLa1YTNls— Vikas Bhadauria (ABP News) (@vikasbha) July 22, 2019
Besides the CMO, various Congress handles have also called the letter fake. Kumaraswamy himself has now issued a statement in the state assembly accusing unknown individuals of forging his signature and circulating the letter.
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, in Vidhana Soudha: I got information that I have tendered my resignation to the Governor. I don't know who is waiting to become CM. Someone has forged my signature & spread the same on social media. I'm shocked at the cheap level of publicity. pic.twitter.com/0CIOvpluru— ANI (@ANI) July 22, 2019
The drama in the state assembly meanwhile continues and Congress-JD(S) MLAs continue to delay the trust vote which was supposed to take place last Thursday.