2 Independent MLAs Withdraw Support To Congress-JD(S) Govt In Karnataka

Bengaluru: Two independent MLAs namely H Nagesh and R Shankar on Tuesday withdrew their support to the Karnataka government headed by H D Kumaraswamy.

In separate identical letters, the MLAs said they were withdrawing support extended to the Congress-JD(S) coalition government with immediate effect.

A political outcry erupted in Karnataka on Monday as the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition and opposition BJP accused each other of making a renewed attempt to poach each other’s MLAs.

In the 224-member assembly, BJP has 104 members, Congress-79, JD(S) 37, BSP, KPJP and Independents one each, besides Speaker. BSP, KPJP and an Independent are supporting the coalition.

As the Congress and JD(S) accused the BJP of luring away its MLAs offering bribes and other allurements, BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa rubbished reports that his party was attempting ‘Operation Lotus’ to topple the coalition government in Karnataka.

Yedyurappa said there was no truth in the charge and counter-alleged that the Congress-JD(S) front was trying to woo his party MLAs.

On the other hand, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said “I have sufficient numbers for giving a stable government here, it is not necessary for Congress or JD(S) to poach the MLAs from BJP, we have sufficient numbers.”

Kumaraswamy added that he enjoyed the support of 120 MLAs and Yeddyurappa was making “futile attempts” to destabilize his government in the state.

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