Two independent MLAs withdraw support to K’taka govt

Amid the ongoing tussle in the Congress-JD(S) coalition, it has finally emerged that two Independent MLAs, H Nagesh and R Shankar, have withdrawn their support from the Karnataka government.

The independent MLAs have written to Karnataka governor informing him of their decision.

The withdrawal has come amid news reports that rival BJP is out to poach the ruling coalition.

A fresh political war erupted in Karnataka on Monday as the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition and BJP accused each other of making a renewed bid to poach MLAs, with chief minister H D Kumaraswamy saying he has “sufficient numbers” to run a stable government.

In the 224-member assembly, BJP has 104 members, Congress-79, JD(S) 37, BSP, KPJP and Independent one each, besides Speaker.

BSP, KPJP and an Independent are supporting the coalition.

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