Karnataka crisis: Yeddyurappa claims BJP has majority, ‘2 independent MLAs with us’

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Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa holds a press conference with senior leaders KS Eswarappa and Jagadish Shettar in Bengaluru. Photo - PTI

The ‘nataka’ is on in Karnataka. On a day of fast-paced developments, independent MLA and minister H Nagesh withdrew his support to the Congress- JD(S) government taking the total number of MLA resignations to 14, 21 Congress ministers and 10 JD(S) ministers put in their papers in an attempt to defuse the crisis.

It is being speculated that more MLAs will follow suit, the JD(S) has decided to move its legislators to a resort in Kodagu.

Meanwhile, the top leadership of the Congress is all set to meet at 7 pm in New Delhi to discuss ways and means to defuse the crisis.

  • Karnataka crisis: What we know so far
    • 13 Karnataka MLAs - 10 Congress and three JD(S) – have submitted their resignation and are camping in Mumbai
    • Independent MLA and minister H Nagesh resigned, extended support to the BJP
    • Karnataka Minister and Bidar North MLA Rahim Mahmood Khan is also expected to quit
    • All Congress ministers in Karnataka have resigned
    • Siddaramaiah has convened a CLP meeting on Tuesday (July 9)
    • Congress has raised the issue in the Parliament
    • BJP has denied charges of poaching the rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs

“My department got only ₹15 crore budget this year and it has just now been released. Of this amount, ₹13 crore will be paid to clear old bills. How can I carry out various projects across Karnataka with the remaining ₹2 crore?” he asked. Khan said he did not wish to align with the rebel group but the situation has forced him to take a decision. “I’ll attend the meeting (at Parameshwaras residence ) today. If my problems aren’t addressed, I will be forced to take a decision,” the minister said.

Twelve legislators — nine from the Congress and three from the JD(S) — resigned on Saturday. Congress MLA Anand Singh had resigned on July 1.

The disgruntled MLAs, who are currently camping in Mumbai, have asserted they will not take their resignations back.

Leaders of both the Congress and the JD(S) held day-long discussions on Sunday (July 7) about the next course of action to save the 13-month old coalition government.

The Congress-JD(S) coalition, which has 118 MLAs in the 224-member Assembly, faces the risk of losing its majority if the resignations are accepted.

Meanwhile, BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa said the party was watching the developments and that they were not “sanyasis” to rule out the possibility of forming the government.