Kumaraswamy-led government in Karnataka in trouble as 11 ruling party lawmakers resign 

File photo: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 06, 2019, 04.31 PM (IST)

At least 11 JD(S)-Congress lawmakers in Karnataka submitted their resignations to the Speaker in big trouble for the 13-month-old coalition government in the state. 

Congress-JD(S) MLAs B C Patil, H Vishvanath, Narayan Gowda, Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, Gopalaiah, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Pratap Gowda Patil submitted their resignations to Secretary at Speaker office, reported news agency ANI.

According to reports, the number of MLAs could rise over 15 by evening, which could pave the way for BJP to form the government in the state.

Amid the crisis, Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao, who is in the UK, is expected to arrive in Bengaluru tomorrow even as Karnataka Congress in-charge for Karnataka KC Venugopal is set to leave for Bengaluru.

DV Sadananda Gowda of BJP said the MLAs thought it's high time to come out of that party as they felt that continuing as MLAs was not good in the larger interest of their constituency and the state.

When asked whether BJP will form the government, he said Governor is the supreme authority. ''As per the constitutional mandate if he (Governor) calls us, certainly we are ready to form the government. We are the single largest party, we have got 105 people with us,'' he said.

Meanwhile, according to the latest report, three Karnataka Congress MLAs ST Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj and Munirathna, who had resigned, want former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to be made the Chief Minister.