Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP on July 10 staged a ‘dharna’ at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who they claim has lost majority in the House after the resignation of 14 MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance.
State BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said they would meet Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar at 3pm today. “The Speaker has still not condemned DK Shivakumar (Congress leader) tearing up resignations of rebel MLAs. Tearing up the resignations is an apradh (crime) that is unforgivable,” Yeddyurappa said.
The former Karnataka CM also said the Assembly session beginning from July 12 would be “illegal”. On July 12, the Assembly session will begin, but they don’t have the numbers, it will be an illegal session. It is not too late, you (Kumaraswamy) should resign and make way for a BJP govt.”
Several senior BJP leaders, including former deputy chief minister KS Eshwarappa, accompanied Yeddyurappa at the protest in front of the Gandhi statue at the Vidhana Soudha.
Yeddyurappa and other leaders will also meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan today and request him to dismiss the coalition government.
The BJP’s protest comes a day after Congress leaders, including AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal and Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, staged a ‘dharna’ in front of the Gandhi statue, accusing the saffron party of trying to “destabilise” the state government through “undemocratic” means, using money and political power.
In a blow to the Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) government, the number of coalition MLAs who have resigned rose to 14, with the addition of R Roshan Baig on July 9. Of the 14 MLAs, 11 are from Congress and three from JD(S).
The ruling coalition faces the threat of losing its majority if the resignations of the rebel MLAs are accepted.
The coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker. With the support of the two Independents who ON July 8 resigned from the ministry, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113.
If the resignations of the 14 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 102. The Speaker has a vote.
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