Karnataka: Two legislators withdraw support to Congress-JDS government

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Two independent lawmakers of Karnataka on Tuesday withdrew support from the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka, less than a year after the government was sworn in.

H Nagesh and R Shankar pullout of the government under Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

The lawmakers said that they were withdrawing support extended to the coalition government of the Congress and the JDS with immediate effect. 

H Nagesh is an Independent from Mulbagal constituency in Kolar district while R Shankar, belongs to the regional Karnataka Pragnavantha Janata Party.

The move came amid an ongoing political war between the coalition partners JD-S and Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over alleged poaching of Congress legislators by the BJP.

In the 224-member Karnataka Assembly, the Congress has 80 MLAs including the Speaker, the JD-S 37 and the BJP with 104

While the BJP has denied the poaching allegations, it has kept 99 of its 104 legislators at a private resort in Gurugram, sources said.