Amidst reports of BJP attempting to dislodge seven-months-old coilition government in Karnataka, today, two Independent MLAs- H Nagesh and R Shankar withdrew their support from the JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka. They have sent letters to Governor indicating withdrawal of their support.
Shankar, former minister, was removed from the cabinet in the recent reshuffle. He said on Makar Sankranti day, he want a change in the government. He said that he has been withdrawing his support as he want an efficient government in the state. He alleged that Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy failed on several fronts, which is why they have decided to withdraw the support.
On the other hand, Nagesh said that he decided to withdraw support as there was “no understanding between coalition partners”. “My support to coalition govt was to provide good&stable govt which utterly failed. There’s is no understanding among coalition partners. So, I decided to go with BJP to install stable govt & see that govt performs better than the coalition,” he added.
However, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy taken it in a lighter way and asserted there is no threat to the stability of his government. Congress leader and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara recalled that they have been saying that BJP is luring their MLAs through money and power.
Meanwhile, about 102 BJP MLAs, who went to New Delhi to attend party’s National Council meeting, didn’t returned to Bengaluru. They were lodged in a star hotel in Gurugram. Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa alleged that it was Congress trying to lure their MLAs.