Karnataka: Congress- JDS coalition government in crisis as 11 MLAs submit resignations

A fresh trouble have surfaced for the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in Karnataka with reports of eight Congress and three Janata Dal Secular (JDS) MLAs resigning.

According to reports, 11 MLAs on Saturday reached Vidhana Soudha to submit their resignations to speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.

However, the speaker was not in office and the MLAs were waiting for him, sources said.

If the resignations are accepted, then the current strength of the coalition government will fall down to 105. However, the opposition BJP with current strength of 105 MLAs, will still fall short of a simple majority by two.

The resignations came a week after Congress MLA Anand Singh submitted his resignation to the speaker.

According to the reports, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is currently in the United States and would return tomorrow.

Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and state minister DK Shivakumar have called an emergency meeting of legislators and corporators in the evening, sources said.

The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government was formed in May last year after the BJP could not prove its majority in the House.