Added on : 2019-07-11 06:54:48
The Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka found itself on the brink of a collapse on Wednesday after suffering a series of reverses: rebels unwilling to back down and petitioning the Supreme Court against the speaker and two more Congress lawmakers bidding goodbye to the coalition.
With the latest exit, the coalition’s strength has nosedived from 118 to 100 in the 224-member legislative assembly in just five days. While 16 MLAs (13 from Congress and three from JD-S) have resigned from the assembly, two independents have withdrawn support to the HD Kumaraswamy government. If all 16 resignations are accepted by the speaker, the strength of the House will come down to 208, reducing the magic figure from 113 to 105. In such an event, the 105-member BJP can stake claim to form the government on its own.