In a huge development with regards to the political crisis in Karnataka, the chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy is likely to step down after his return from his US trip.
As per sources, Kumaraswamy could step down from the chief minister post. Sources have said that he is willing to give up the position before the government falls as we wants to avoid embarrassment due to trust vote.
Sources from Congress also said that four dissenting MLAs demanded that Siddaramaiah should be made the chief minister in order to take back their resignations. However, there are hints pointing to whether that is the reason behind the likelihood of Kumaraswamy stepping down as CM.
High drama began on Saturday noon after dissenting MLAs from the JD(S)-Congress coalition went to the Speaker's chambers to tender their resignation. At least thirteen MLAs from JD(S) and Congress have tendered their resignation, as per sources, leading the coalition government to be on the verge of a collapse.
Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy has confirmed that he had resigned and did not speak about his next step. Other Congress MLA BC Patil said that he was unhappy as injustice was done to his constituency and the people of north Karnataka.
The Congress and JD(S) coalition, which won 115 seats combined, is currently in power in the Karnataka State Assembly managing a slim margin over the BJP's 105 seats. With the exodus of 13 MLAs from the JD(S)- Congress coalition, then the JD(S)-Congress combination gets reduced to 102 MLAs, falling short of BJP's 105 MLAs. But this excludes the BSP's 1 MLA and 2 Independent MLAs. With the reduced number of seats, the halfway mark has also been reduced to 105 with both BJP and the current government JD(S)-Congress-BSP) possess 105 seats.
While the BJP government may have the numbers to conduct a trust vote on the Assembly, they do not have the numbers to pull down the government which may continue as a minority government. Sources have reported that BJP may wait for the by-polls to assess the party's chances better.
Yedyyurappa had earlier said that BJP did not want an elections as it "would be burden on the state ex-chequer". The Congress blamed the BJP for horse trading causing the crisis in the state. After an urgent meeting by the Congress in the war room at 15 GRG, New Delhi, spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the BJP used its money power to cause the rebellion by MLAs.