In a major setback to Karnataka’s JD(S)-Congress government, former Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy presented his resignation as an MLA, but Speaker Ramesh Kumar still has to accept that resignation. Ramalinga Reddy, speaking to the press, said he would not blame the party or the high command, but resigned because he felt “neglected.”
“I somewhere feel I was being neglected over some issues. That is why I have taken this decision,” he said. When asked if the BJP is in touch with him, he said, “Nothing like that.”
When asked whether his daughter and MLA Sowmya Reddy, who is also reportedly likely to resign, will be joining BJP, Reddy said, “That is her decision.”
Although DK Shivakumar, a Congress troubleshooter, managed to bring Ramalinga Reddy and two others with him, Reddy now seems to be cautious about his resignation.
Reddy is dissatisfied that the cabinet has not made him or his daughter ministers. Although in the recent reshuffle he was supposed to be accommodated, it didn’t occur, leaving Reddy miffed. In addition, there is tussle between Ramalinga Reddy and Deputy Chief Minister Parameshwara about the garbage tenders provided in Bengaluru, as it used to be the turf of Reddy.
Together with former Ramalinga Reddy, ten other MLAs–Ramesh Jarkiholi, AH Vishwanath, Somashekar, Pratap Gouda Patil, Gopalaiah, BC Patil, Mahesh Kumtahallli, Narayana Gowda, Byrati Basavaraj, Shivram Hebbar–presented their resignations to the office of the Speaker. The Governor Vajubhai R Vala also encountered some of the dissenting MLAs.
These developments have placed the governing coalition of the JD(S)-Congress in a tight spot in Karnataka. While 11 MLAs have resigned, if five more have resigned, the Karnataka Assembly coalition will no longer have a majority.
The developments have come to the governing coalition politicians as a shock. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dinesh Gundu Rao hurried to the residence of former Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy as the latter’s name was doing the rounds as one of the MLAs likely to leave.