11 MLAs Resign: Karnataka Coalition Government In Crisis

Bengaluru:The fate of Congress-JD(S) coalition in karnataka hangs in a delicate balance as 11 MLAs, eight of them from Congress and three from JDS, on Saturday submitted their resignation letters to the Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar in the Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru.
The Congress MLAs who submitted their resignations are former home minister and seven-time MLA Ramalinga Reddy, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumathahalli, ST Somashekhar, BA Basavaraj, BC Patil, Pratapgouda Patil, and Shivaram Hebbar, the Speaker’s office confirmed. The three JD(S) MLAs were AH Vishwanath, who resigned as the party’s state president last month, K Gopalaiah and Narayana Gowda.
According to sources, speaker Ramesh Kumar that he had asked his office to take the resignations for the time being and he would be able to proceed on the matter only on Monday.
Karnataka elects members for 224 Assembly seats. Congress MLA Anand Singh resigned on July 1. If the Speaker accepts 11 more resignations, the strength will come down to 212 and the majority mark to 107. The Congress will be reduced to 70 MLAs and the JD(S) to 34. With the support of one Bahujan Samaj Party MLA and two independent members, the ruling coalition would then have just two members more than the Bharatiya Janata Party.

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