In retaliation to the Congress-JD(S) accusations of horsetrading, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi for stirring the resignation row at the Parliament.
The disarray that looms over Karnataka politics and the shambling government created a ruckus in the Lower House, wherein the Defence Minister categorically denied the claims of horsetrading by BJP, instead took a dig at the former Congress president, who was seated next to his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
He said, "I would like to say, we did not start the trend of resignation, but Rahul Gandhi did it. After one senior leader, everybody is resigning now. How is BJP even related to this?" he added.
"Our party has nothing to do with what is happening in Karnataka. Our party has never indulged in horse trading, because we have to respect the dignity of the Parliamentary democracy," he added.
Right after the BJP Lucknow MP made that comment on the Gandhi scion, both the mother-son duo were seen exchanging a quick dialogue while the Parliament broke into laughter. Rahul Gandhi looked evidently disgrunted, as he made a hand gesture towards his mother.
The Congress-JD(S) blamed the BJP for playing a role in the disarray that looms over the Karnataka politics.
Meanwhile, Independent MLA Nagesh who was supporting the coalition in Karnataka has resigned and withdrew his support to the government and has pledged his support BJP if it forms a government. His documents regarding his resignation, withdrawal of support to the present government and that of pledging support to the BJP government are below.
The JD(S)-Congress coalition's total strength after Nagesh withdrawing his support, is 117 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-1), besides the Speaker.
The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the MLAs are accepted, the coalition's tally will be reduced to 104. The Speaker also has a vote.