Karnataka crisis deepens, 2 more Cong MLAs quit

BENGALURU/MUMBAI: Two more Congress MLAs resigned on Wednesday in another jolt to the beleaguered Congress-JD(S) coalition Government in Karnataka whose survival played out in three cities amid high drama in Mumbai where police detained minister D K Shivakumar on a mission to woo back a dozen rebels holed up in a luxury hotel.

Housing Minister M T B Nagaraj and K Sudhakar tendered their resignation to Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar, as the political crisis reached the Supreme Court where 10 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs moved a petition alleging that the Speaker was deliberately not accepting their resignations that gave a breather to the Kumaraswamy Government.

With the two latest resignations, 16 MLAs–13 from the Congress and 3 from the JD(S)–have quit while two Independent MLAs–H Nagesh and R Shanker–have already withdrawn support. (AGENCIES)