Amid the political crisis faced by the Congress-JD(S) coalition where 14 MLAs have resigned, CM HD Kumaraswamy said that there was nothing to worry and that things were running smoothly as his ministers from the party made way for dissenting MLAs to join the cabinet.
"The issue will be resolved, don't worry. This govt will run smoothly," he said. As he briefed the media, the Twitter account of the CM on Monday announced saying that all the ministers from his party have resigned following suit its coalition partner the Congress in the state. Arrangements have also been made for the ministers at a five-star resort Paddington in Kodagu with security in place, sources said.
The CM of Karnataka Twitter account says, "All JDS ministers have resigned in the same manner as the 21 ministers of the Congress party have resigned. The cabinet will be restructured soon."
Earlier on Monday, Kumaraswamy's cabinet ministers belonging to the Congress had quit, including Deputy CM Parameshwara in hopes of placating the rebel MLAs, many of whom are camped in Mumbai. They had tendered their resignations to KPCC chief Dinesh Gundu Rao. Earlier, Siddaramaiah had tweeted urging rebel MLAs to return to Congress.
While the rebel MLAs from Congress and JD(S) have put their foot down and decided unequivocally that they will not return to their parties, sources said, it appears Congress will use the Article 164-1(B) to ensure that their MLAs have no other option but come back. The law says that a minister cannot compete in any party or as independents until they finish their terms. It says they cannot run for elections on a different party's ticket and hence cannot get ministerial berth in a BJP government.