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Two Independent MLAs Withdraw Support From Karnataka Govt CM Says 'I am Enjoying'

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| January 15 , 2019 , 16:58 IST

Two Independent MLAs H Nagesh and R Shankar who had extended their support to the Congress-JDS alliance when it was formed in May last year announced to withdraw support to the coalition government on Tuesday.

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said, If 2 MLAs withdraw their support, what will be the numbers? I'm totally relaxed. I know my strength. Whatever is going on in media in the past week, I am enjoying."

R Shankar from Ranebennur and H Nagesh from Mulbagal released letters addressed to the governor stating their decision to withdraw support from the Congress. They announced their decision amid  BJP accusing Kumaraswamy of attempting to poach on their lawmakers and shifting more than a hundred of them to a resort in Gurgaon near Delhi.

After withdrawing support, Independent MLA R Shankar said that he had taken the step as he wants a change in the government. "Today is Makar Sankranti, on this day we want a change in the government. The government should be efficient, so I am withdrawing my support (to the Karnataka govt) today," he said.

H Nagesh also said that the government failed in providing good and stable government. "My support to a coalition was to provide a good and stable government which utterly failed. There's no understanding among coalition partners. So, I decided to go with BJP to install a stable government and see that it performs better than this coalition.”

With the exit of the two independent MLAs, the numbers for the coalition government reduced to 118 — 80 MLAs of the Congress, 37 of the JD(S) and 1 MLA from the Bahujan Samaj Party. The BJP, which emerged as the single largest party after the state assembly elections in May by winning 104 seats, is still 7 MLAs short of the majority mark of 113.