2 Cong MLAs Resign From K'taka Assembly

In a fresh setback to the JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka, two Congress MLAs on Monday quit the State Assembly further bringing down the coalition numbers in the House.

Vijayanagar MLA, Anand Singh, met Governor Vajubai Vala and submitted his resignation. Copy of it was sent to Speaker Ramesh Kumar. Hours later, Gokak MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, who has been sulking for the last few months over not being made a minister, also resigned from the Assembly.

Jarkiholi reportedly submitted his resignation to Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar.

“I met the Governor and tendered my resignation, I gave a copy to him. I will give a copy to the Legislative Assembly speaker as well. I am not hungry for power,” Singh told reporters here after meeting the Governor.

Singh said he resigned because CM Kumaraswamy had signed a deal with the Jindal South West Holding Ltd (JSW Steel), the Mumbai-headquartered company, despite his and other leaders repeated protests.

“I had earlier said that if JSW steel had got a lease-cum-steel deal then I would resign. This is against the interest of the state. I had requested the government not to go ahead with it. The government’s responsibility was to ensure and uphold the interests of the people,” he said.

“Anil lad is also with me. He is also supporting me,” he added about the Bellary MLA from Congress.

With the Speaker claiming he has not got any resignation, Singh clarified that he had sent a copy of his resignation to the Speaker. “I will tender my resignation again to the Speaker if he has not got it yet.”

With the resignation of Singh and Jarkiholi, the strength of Congress has come down to 76 in the state Assembly.

JDS has 37 legislators, while two Independent MLAs are also in support of the Kumaraswamy led government in the state. BJP has 105 seats in the Assembly.

Today’s developments triggered speculation that as many as four more Congress MLAs may resign in the coming days. The names being mentioned are including Congress’ Mahesh Kumathalli, Pratap Gowda Patil and BC Patil.

Meanwhile, Singh said he had urged leaders across parties to come out in protest of the decision taken by Kumaraswamy.

“I’ve given a call to all the representatives from Ballari cutting across party lines to fight against JSW Steel deal,” Singh said.

Singh clarified that he had sent a copy of his resignation to the Speaker and I was willing to send another copy again if there were any problems, “I will tender my resignation again to the Speaker if he has not got it yet.”(ANI)

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