According to reports, 11 MLAs on Saturday have reached Vidhana Soudha and are waiting to meet Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. Among these 11, three are reportedly from the JD(S), while eight from Congress. Days after Congress MLAs Anand Singh and Ramesh Jarkiholi resigned from Karnataka government, fresh trouble seems to have surfaced for the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition with reports of 11 more coalition MLAs resigning.
If the reports are found true then the current strength of the Congress-JD(S) will be down to 105 (including two independents). The BJP's current strength in the house is 105 and requires the coalition to come down to 103 to cross the halfway mark. The current strength of the Assembly has already been reduced to 222 after Singh and Jarkiholi resignations.
The reports have sent the Karnataka Congress Pradesh Committee (KCPP) in a frenzy with troubleshooter DK Shivakumar reportedly on his way to Bengaluru. While KCPP president Dinesh Gundurao is out of the country, working president Eshwar Khandre is reportedly holding meetings within the ranks.
While the exact number of MLAs resigning is not officially clear, senior Congress leader and MLA Ramalinga Reddy has confirmed to Times Now that he's resigned.