11-07-201911-07-2019 19:04:04 IST
2019-07-11T13:34:04.232Z11-07-2019 2019-07-11T13:34:00.079Z - - 17-07-2019
“Why should I resign? What is the necessity?” was the angry retort that came from Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy earlier on Thursday. This was his way of hitting back at BJP’s B S Yeddyurappa, who has been rooting for his resignation. Even coming out of an emergency cabinet meeting held later in the day, the chief minister parroted on similar lines. “According to me, my government has the majority. Why do you worry? Everything will settle on the floor of the House (Assembly).” On the face of it, he is still sounding defiant as ever, perhaps trying to put up a brave front in public. It comes even after two more Congress MLAs tendered their resignations on Thursday, making it increasingly difficult for the Congress-JD(S) firefighters. But if speculations are anything to go by, it is believed that Kumaraswamy, behind that stubborn exterior of resilience, is also mulling his resignation as one of the options to save the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka.
Leaders from both the ruling parties are leaving no stone unturned to placate the rebel legislators and win them back into their fold. But with the rebels unrelenting so far and the BJP allegedly backing them strongly in the ongoing power slugfest, several options are being weighed in behind closed doors, all in desperation. It is being widely speculated that Kumaraswamy might actually tender his resignation sooner or later, based on the turn of events. At least, five of the rebel legislators are said to be insisting on Siddaramaiah being made the chief minister, adding a new dimension to power battle. If these legislators could be wooed back based on their condition, then Kumaraswamy would have no option but to vacate his position in the larger interest of the coalition government.
It’s not just about HDK’s resignation, a few more options are also being reportedly thought about in view of the rapidly changing political developments. Seeking an opportunity from governor for an Assembly floor test to prove his strength and recommendation for the dissolution of the Assembly, as a last-ditch measure, to go for a mid-term poll are also being floated around as some of the possibilities. Should any of these options be explored and put to practice, then the ball will be in the governor’s court, opening the window for further acrimony and chaos.
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