21 Congress Ministers in Karnataka resign en masse to contain rebels

21 Congress Ministers in Karnataka resign en masse to contain rebels

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Bengaluru, June 8: In an attempt to save the Janata Dal (S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka tottering in the wake of a spate of resignations threatening its very survival all the 21 Ministers from the Congress today tendered their resignation from the Cabinet giving a free hand to the party high command to rejig the ministry.

The weekend high drama of 13 legislators, ten from the Congress and three from the JD(S) have tendered their resignation to Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar following severe dissidence surfacing among the coalition partners. Most of the resigned legislators made a beeline to Mumbai, where they are staying in a hotel. The move had jeopardised the Kumaraswamy led government.

After late night parleys and continuous discussion between the Congress and JD(S) leaders led by Congress In charge of Karnataka K C Venugopal, former Chief Minister and Chairperson of Coordination Committee of the coalition government told newsmen here that all 21 ministers from Congress including Deputy Chief Minister Dr G Pameshwara had tendered their resignation letters to the KPCC President Dinesh Gundurao and the party will take the next decision.

Siddaramaiah said the coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy would reconstitute the Cabinet taking into consideration of social justice and accommodate those MLAs who were dissatisfied. 'We are in touch with all the 10 MLAs who have resigned he added. (UNI)