Bengaluru, July 6 : The 13-month-old JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka is tattering as more number of ruling party MLAs, joining the ranks of the disgruntled group and meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala, after submitting their resignations to the Assembly Secretary in the absence of Speaker K N Ramesh Kumar.
Those MLAs who have submitted their resignations to the Speaker’s Secretary Vishalakshi included three from the JDS and the remaining nine from the Congress and they were H Vishwanath, B C Patil, Mahesh Kumatalli, Ramalinga Reddy, Byrati Basavaraju, Muniratha, Narayanagowda, Pratap gouda Patil, H Gopalaiah, Shivaram Hebbar.
The disgruntled MLAs who waited for the Speaker at his office in Vidhana Soudha, had decided to submit their resignations to the Speaker’s Secretary and meet Governor.
Senior Congress leader and Minister for Water Resources D K Shivakumar rushed to the Speaker’s office where rebel MLAs were waiting for the Speaker and tried to wean away the MLAs, in vain.
Speaker K N Ramesh Kumar, who was in the office for some time in the morning left his chamber even before the disgruntled MLAs arrived.According to official sources, two independent MLAs, Nagesh and V Shankar, who were admitted into the cabinet recently to quell the rebellion in the ruling coalition, also likely to submit their resignations to the cabinet.
The sudden political developments in the State is being occurred when the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is away in the United States and he is expected to return tomorrow.KPCC President Dinesh Gundu Rao is also away in London, on a private visit.