Hours before facing the humiliation in the Vidhana Soudha, JDS leader and ex-Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has revealed that he had signed a crucial order linked to the farmers. While political pundits may be divided as to what Kumaraswamy should have done in the House, the caretaker Chief Minister seems to be at peace with everything. Talking to News Nation on the floor test, Kumaraswamy said that, “actually I have handled it very smoothly ,there is not tough for me, whatever political challenge is there, it is going to mould me in future days also.”
An HT report has details about Kumaraswamy’s last order. In its order, Kumaraswamy “waived off loans availed by the landless labourers of the state – with less than two hectares of land holding or income below Rs 1 lakh.”
On his future course of action, Kumaraswamy told News Nation, “My responsibility is now to look after my party's strength, to get the confidence of citizens of state, I will work for party now.” On possibility of the President’s Rule in Karnataka, Kumaraswamy said that, “at this juncture, that is my sincere opinion, it will not be helpful even for my BJP friends also to run the government in future days.”
Soon after failing to prove majority of the Congress-JDS coalition government led by him in Karnataka Assembly, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy submitted his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhawan in Bengaluru on Tuesday night. The confidence motion moved by Kumaraswamy received 99 votes in favour and 105 against it. Vala accepted his resignation, adding that the JDS chief will continue to be the care taker chief minister of Karnataka untill the next government is formed in the politically unstabled state.
"I hereby tender my resignation to the post of Chief Minister of Karnataka along with my Cabinet and request you to kindly accept the same. I take this opportunity to extend my grateful thanks for the co-operation given to me and my colleagues during my tenure," Kumaraswamy wrote in his resignation letter.
The trust vote was taken up on Tuesday after defying two deadlines set by Governor Vala to Kumaraswamy, asking to demonstrate his majority on Friday itself. A wave of resignations had triggered the political turbulence in the state, pushing the 14-month old coalition government to the brink of collapse. As many as 16 rebel MLAs - 13 from the Congress and 3 from JDS - have resigned and two Independents withdrew their support to the coalition government in southern state.
(With inputs from Yasir Mushtaq in Bengaluru)