Karnataka Govt Crisis: Congress' DK Shivakumar Admits 'Tearing Up' Resignation of Rebel MLAs, Dares Them to File Complaint
DK Shivakumar tore resignation papers of rebel MLAs (Photo Credits: ANI)

Bengaluru, July 6: Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar on Saturday tore the resignation papers of 11 MLAs of Congress-JDS alliance. He also said that he is ready to go to jail for tearing the resignations inside the Speaker's office. Speaking to reporters, Shivakumar stated, “Why should I not? Let them file a complaint, if they want to put me behind the bars, I'm ready. I have taken a very big risk.” Karnataka Political Turmoil: Rebel JD(S) MLA H Vishwanath Says Kumaraswamy Govt Failed to Take All Legislators Into Confidence.

Shiivakumar’s statement came hours after Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly BS Yeddyurappa accused that the Congress leader tore resignations of some of the MLAs inside the Speaker's office. Yeddyurappa said, “People are watching the way DK Shivakumar is behaving. He tore resignation letters of some of the MLAs inside the Speaker's office, who had gone to resign, it is condemnable.” Karnataka: JDS-Congress Government Faces Crisis as Two MLAs Resign, BJP in Wait And Watch Mode.

DK Shivakumar's Statement:

Earlier in the day, 11 MLAs of the ruling alliance submitted their resignations. These 11 MLAs include Mahesh Kumathalli, B C Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Shivaram Hebbar, H Vishwanath, Gopalaiah, Byrathi Basavaraj, Narayana Gowda, Munirathna, ST Somashekar and Pratap Gowda Patil. Till now, 14 MLAs had resigned against the government. The rebel MLAs met Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala today and also wrote a letter to the speaker of the Karnataka Assembly.