Responding to the withdrawal of support for the Janata Dal (S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka by two independent MLAs H Nagesh and R Shankar, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said that he's not upset and also the government is stable.
Addressing the media outside the Kumara Krupa Guest House, Kumaraswamy said, “What goes to happen if 2 MLAs withdraw their support? what is going to be the numbers? I'm completely relaxed. I do know my strength. the government is stable. I don’t want to try and do any counter strategy. From one week your channels are running the same story. I'm enjoying it. They (MLAs in Mumbai) are in touch with me, why does one worry?” Meanwhile, the state Congress has also expressed that they're assured that the coalition government in Karnataka was stable.
Speaking to ani, G Parameshwara, Deputy CM, said, "We are saying that BJP is luring our MLAs through cash and power however their tries to destabilize the government can fail. Our government is stable.” The 2 MLAs who withdrew their support had gone incommunicado two days past and appeared before the media in Mumbai.
This brings the amount of the coalition right down to 118 minus the Speaker. The BJP, meanwhile, has 104 members and 2 independents with this latest move. For the BJP to form an easy majority within the house, the gathering must be brought right down to 210.
R Shankar from the Karnataka Pragnyavanta Janata Paksha (KPJP), won from Ranebennur once defeating former Speaker of Karnataka legislative assembly KB Koliwad of Congress. Shankar had kept dynamic his loyalties throughout the no-confidence motion in could 2018. However, the Congress managed to induce him back on their side and he was sworn in because of the Minister of Forest and atmosphere. He was removed from the post in December 2018.
Meanwhile, H Nagesh was elected from Mulbagal in Kolar within the State Assembly elections. Nagesh had contested the election as an independent candidate once he lost the favour of the local Congress leadership. However, he emerged victorious once the Congress candidate from the seat was disqualified because of wrong documents.
Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar confirmed that the 3 Congress MLAs had camped during a building in Mumbai and were speaking to BJP leaders setting off speculation that the BJP is planning to upstage the coalition government within the state.