The exit of Independent MLAs H Nagesh and R Shankar, inducted into the Cabinet on June 14 to bolster numbers, reduced the coalition’s strength to 104 after 13 MLAs, 10 Congress and 3 JD(S), resigned Saturday.
The effect of the mass resignations — 21 Congress and nine JD(S) ministers — will become clear Tuesday when a Congress legislature party (CLP) meeting is set to be held and the rebels are also scheduled to meet Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to explain their resignations.
Congress leaders expressed confidence of rescuing the coalition with the move to reshuffle the Cabinet even as they accused the BJP of luring MLAs away with the offer of ministerial posts and money.
“Some of the MLAs have some grievances, some of them are talking about the expansion of the ministry. For the larger interest of the party, Congress ministers have decided to voluntarily resign under the prevailing situation,” said AICC general secretary K C Venugopal.
“Those who have resigned should come back and strengthen the party. We think they will definitely return and we are confident the government will continue and then this will be the sixth failure of the BJP within one year to destabilise the government.”