A desperate Congress is pulling all strings to stay in power along with its coalition partner JD(S) in Karnataka as the All India Congress Committee Chairman KC Venugopal has asked at least 20 ministers to resign from the cabinet to make room for the dissenting MLAs, says sources.
Among those who are being shown the door are RV Deshpande and Priyank Kharge who is the son of senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. Priyank was recently appointed as a minister in the Karnataka government.
Presently, there is a breakfast meeting going on at Deputy CM G Parameshwara's house which is being attended by Congress ministers as well as HD Kumaraswamy. "We are following all that very closely and know what to do, including, if need be, all of us may resign and accommodate the MLAs," the Deputy CM said ahead of the meeting. He had also admitted that the rebelling MLAs were unhappy with the coalition government. "Few were unhappy due to delay in the development work, few with Chief Minister and few with deputy Chief Minister. We are talking with MLAs. We are trying to save the government," he had said.
DK Suresh, a Congress MP also said that all the ministers from party are going to resign. "All Karnataka Congress ministers are going to resign," he said.
Meanwhile, the trouble seems to mount for Congress as 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.
It also appears that the JD(S) is left with no cards to play in the crisis where three of its MLAs have quit along with ten MLAs from its coalition party. HD Kumaraswamy has asked his ministers to quit, say sources. Kumaraswamy will summon all the 34 MLAs to Taj West End in Bengaluru by Monday afternoon, take the ministers' resignations and then possibly head to a resort. The Karnataka CM will also tell the MLAs that they all need to stick together and make way for others