Karnataka Govt. Wobbles, BJP strikes

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The coalition government in Karnataka of Congress-Janata Dal-Secular appears to be wobbled on the edge as 11 lawmakers are set to resign while Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is still in the US on a private trip.

Eight Congress and three JDS legislators submitted their resignations to the speaker on Saturday afternoon while he was not in the office.

A lawmaker of JDS, H Vishwanath said that they have given their resignation to the speaker’s office and that they have brought the same to the notice of the Governor as well.

However, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and Shivakumar called an emergency meeting of legislators and corporators.

The coalition will lose majority in the 224-member Assembly if the Speaker accepts the 14 resignations as its strength will come down to 104 against the BJP’s 105. The current strength of coalition including those who have resigned is 118 besides the speaker.

Meanwhile, Speaker Ramesh Kumar while talking about the legislators’ resignation said that the government will decide the fall or survive in the Assembly.

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