Two Congress MLAs today resigned from the legislative assembly, giving warning bells to the stability of the Congress-JDS coalition government in the state, which is surviving with a thin majority.
First, Anand Singh, the Congress legislator and former Karnataka minister who has kept his party on the edge for more than a year, today, announced that he had quit his seat. Later, Karnataka Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi also resigned from the state assembly membership and submitted his resignation to the Speaker.
Congress leader and Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar said, “I can’t believe this has happened. He told me that he will not quit. He might have had personal problems…. He told me he had some problems.” “I’m trying to reach him but I am not able to get through to him… I am shocked,” he added.
These two resignations would deplete the thin majority of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government that came together last year to keep the BJP out. Anand Singh’s resignation has sparked buzz that a few more Congress lawmakers who have been unhappy with the coalition and the party’s state leadership could also step down.
Anand Singh, a fellow mining baron of the Ballari Reddy brothers who had gone to jail in the Belekere iron ore mining scam, had quit the BJP ahead of the elections and joined the Congress.
After meeting the Governor, Anand Singh told reporters that he had “resigned in opposition to the state government decision to sell (nearly 3,600 acres) land to JSW Steel in Ballari.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, on a personal visit to the United States, responded to the setback to his coalition. “I am watching all the developments from here. BJP is day dreaming to destabilise the government,” Kumaraswamy tweeted.