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Karnataka political crisis intensifies

July 10, 2019

The one-year-old Congress-Janata Dal coalition government in Karnataka is a fragile state after yet another Independent MLA quit and pledged support to the BJP. This has taken the total number of resignations since last week to 15.

All 15 rebel MLAs have been shifted to Goa from the Mumbai hotel where they have been staying. This is after Youth Congress workers started protests outside the hotel where they were staying. The Congress has accused the BJP of engineering this rebellion, charges that the BJP has denied.

It has become their (Congress) nature to allege anybody for their failure. Their MLAs have submitted their resignations to the Governor. We are monitoring the situation and will decide accordingly. - Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister

In the meantime, senior Congress leaders in Karnataka are trying to resolve the crisis. Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao told the media, "I am confident that the government will survive and government will stay. That I am confident about".

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also told the media, "This is unconstitutional, it is the work of the BJP high command. The government will survive".

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