Former CM and BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa addressing media on Wednesday (Photo/ANI)
Former CM and BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa addressing media on Wednesday (Photo/ANI)

Kumaraswamy has no moral right to continue as CM, should step down: Yeddyurappa

ANI | Updated: Jul 10, 2019 14:36 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], July 10 (ANI): Former Karnataka chief minister and Bhartiya Janata Party leader B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday met Karnataka Governor on Wednesday and said that he had conveyed to him that the Congress-JD(S) coalition doesn't have the required strength in the Assembly.
"I requested the Governor to convey to the Speaker that he should take necessary action immediately. Kumaraswamy has no moral right to continue as Chief Minister as they don't have the numbers," Yeddyurappa said after his meeting.
Earlier today he appealed to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to resign and make way for a BJP government.
"On July 12, the Assembly session will begin but they don't have the numbers, it will be an illegal session. It is not too late, you (HD Kumaraswamy) should resign and make way for a BJP government," said Yeddyurappa.
The former chief minister also said that they will meet Speaker Ramesh Kumar at 3 pm today.
Karnataka Legislative Assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday said that he will be present in the office on Wednesday and Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Madhu Swamy has sought time to meet him.
Referring to the incident in which irrigation minister D.K. Shivakumar had torn the resignation letters of dissident MLAs, Yeddyurappa said, "The Speaker has still not condemned tearing up of resignations (of rebel MLAs) by DK Shivakumar. Tearing up of resignations is an 'apradh'(crime) that is unforgivable."
Yeddyurappa sat on dharna along with party cadre in front of Vidhana Soudha to protest the Speaker not accepted the resignations of the Congress-JD(S) MLAs.
On Monday, the Speaker had said that the resignation letters of the eight out of 13 MLAs of the ruling coalition were not in the prescribed format and later asked the legislators to submit them properly.
The 13-month old Congress-JD(S) government slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly last week.
Independent MLA H Nagesh and Congress' Roshan Baig have also deserted the HD Kumaraswamy-led government.
The state Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113.
The Congress-JD(S) coalition is making all efforts to protect its government which seems to have fallen short of a majority. (ANI)