Amid the series of resignations from Karnataka MLA, demands have increased for resignation from Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy owing to the political crisis in the state. Adding to Karnataka BJP chief Yeddyurappa's account demanding HD Kumaraswamy resignation since the Karnataka government did not have the majority following the resignation of the Congress-JD(S) MLAs, RPI (Republican Party of India) chief and Union Minister Ramdas Athawale has once again suggested Kumaraswamy to resign as CM and join the PM Modi-led NDA.
Speaking to Republic, Ramdas Athawale reiterated his offer to Kumaraswamy to leave the Congress party and join the NDA, adding that following which he can be made deputy CM of Karnataka, if not CM, and he can continue his work for the state.
"I think the government can come to a minority since the Congress party MLAs are resigning. If the government comes into a minority, then they don't have a right to reshuffle the assembly. HD Kumaraswamy should resign as the CM. I think he should have joined NDA before only, but chose to become the CM. Even after becoming the CM, he has been saying that I am crying, I am not able to work. That is why I had earlier offered him to come with the NDA, leaving the Congress party. If he comes with BJP, and even if does not get the Chief Minister's berth, he can still get the Deputy chief ministerial berth to work for Karnataka and he should accept the proposal," Ramdas Athawale said.
Meanwhile, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy released a statement saying that there was nothing to worry and the 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. CM of Karnataka Twitter announced on Monday that all the ministers from his party have resigned following suit its coalition partner the Congress in the state. The tweet also said that Cabinet reshuffle will happen soon.
Earlier in May, RPI chief said that for the sake of Karnataka, Kumaraswamy's JD(S) must ally with NDA, amid the speculations of the Congress-JD(S) coalition crumbling, following the debacle in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
"I think if Kumaraswamy wants better for his state, Karnataka...and he is the chief minister of Karnataka...so if Kumaraswamy comes with us, we will welcome him. Let's see what happens in the future," the Union Minister had said.