Ahead of trust vote, Ramalinga Reddy withdraws resignation

Giving a relief to ill-fated Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, former home minister and senior MLA Ramalinga Reddy announced last night ahead of the trust vote later today that that he has decided to withdraw his resignation from the assembly. He also said that he will vote in favour of the trust vote to be sought by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

Reddy is among the 13 Congress and three JDS MLAs who have tendered their resignations while two independent legislators have withdrawn their support to the 14-month old Kumaraswamy government, leaving it tottering on the brink of collapse.

The survival of the Kumaraswamy government hangs precariously on the eve of the trust vote with the Supreme Court yesterday holding that the 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, who had moved it, cannot be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the ongoing assembly session.

While most of the rebel MLAs have been staying in Mumbai, Reddy chose to be in the city amid reports that Congress was trying to pacify him. The party had also left him out while moving the Assembly Speaker for disqualification of the rebel MLAs, saying he was an “exception.”

Reddy too had maintained he would remain in Congress and he has resigned only from the assembly. However, the other rebel MLAs camping in Mumbai said there was no question of stepping back on their resignations or attending the session.

If the resignations of the 15 MLAs are accepted or if they stay away from the assembly, the ruling coalition’s tally will plummet to 102, reducing the government to a minority.

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