Kumaraswamy resigns

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Bangalore, Oct 8 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minsiter H D Kumaraswamy today tendered his resignation to Governor Rameshwar Thakur after his government was reduced to a minority, following the withdrawal of support by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Talking to newspersons, after submitting the resignation, he said political compulsions had acted against his conscience on the power transfer issue.

He accused both the Congress and the BJP of attempting to split the JD(S) by wooing party legislators to gain numbers and form the next government.

However, he complimented the partymen for reposing confidence in his leadership.

He said he would not come in the way of his legislators, if they chose to join hands with the BJP to form a government.

The resignation culminated on a day of hectic political activity which began with the Congress leaders meeting the government pressing for immediate dismissal of the Kumaraswamy government and dissolution of the Assembly to pave way for a mid term poll in the state.

The BJP, which launched a state-wide protest against the JD(S) on the power transfer issue, however cut short the programme in the wake of Mr Kumaraswamy's decision.

Mr Kumaraswamy, who was summoned by the Governor in the morning after the Congress submitted a memorandum, was advised by the Governor to take appropriate decision at the earliest.

After consultations with his father and JD(S) Supremo H D Deve Gowda and his legislators, the Chief Minsiter drove to Raj Bhavan for the second time in the evening and submitted his resignation.

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