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No question of going back on resignations, will not attend Assembly: Karnataka rebel MLAs

The ruling coalition's strength in the House is 117-- Congress (78), JDS (37), BSP (1), and nominated (1), besides the speaker

By PTI in Bangalore
  • Published 17.07.19, 1:29 PM
  • Updated 17.07.19, 1:31 PM
  • a min read
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Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy speaks in the House on February 6. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition's tally will be plummet to 101, reducing the 13 month-old Kumaraswamy government to a minority. PTI

Hailing the Supreme Court direction on Karnataka political crisis, rebel Congress-JDS MLAs camping in Mumbai on Wednesday said there was no question of going back on their resignations from the Assembly or attending the session.

"We are happy with the decision of the Honourable Supreme Court, we honour it," rebel Congress MLA B.C. Patil said in a video released to the media, a day ahead of the trial of strength in the Karnataka Assembly.

Flanked by 11 other Congress-JDS MLAs who have quit, he said, "We all are together and whatever decision we have taken.. at any cost no question of going back (on resignations). We stand by our decision. No question of going to Assembly."

As many as 16 MLAs -- 13 from the Congress and three from JDS -- have resigned, while independent MLAs S. Shankar and H. Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government, keeping it on the edge.

The ruling coalition's strength in the House is 117-- Congress (78), JDS (37), BSP (1), and nominated (1), besides the speaker.

With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House, including the nominated MLA and Speaker.

If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition's tally will be plummet to 101, reducing the 13 month-old Kumaraswamy government to a minority.

According to official sources, nominated member too has a right to vote.