BSP Mayawati, who was angry with Congress president Rahul Gandhi for not conceeding the number of seats she insisted for alliance in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisghar, has showed her displeasure towards continuing in any partnership with Congress, has withdrawn its lone minister from Karnataka cabinet.
The lone BSP legisaltor N Mahesh, who is now primary and secondary education minister in JD(S)-Congress coalition government, has resigned from the cabinet citing “personal reasons.” Though he assured that he would continue to extend support to coalition in the state, he has indicated clearly that his assocation will be with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and his party JD(S), but not with Congress.
In the assembly elections, BSP has electoral understanding with JD(S) and won one seat. After submitting his resignation to Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, the minister said he resigned to focus more on his assembly constituency Kollegal and to strengthen his party ahead of Lok Sabha elections.
For the last ten days both Congress leaders and BSP MLA have been making counter accusations against each other in the district and also have been reportedly brining pressure on Chief MInister to withdraw him from the cabinet. Sensing the Congress mood, it is beleived that he has decided to quit on his own.