Downfall of coalition Govt: HD Kumaraswamy resigns as CM of Karnataka, after losing trust vote!

Kumaraswamy gave his resignation to the Governor about an hour after he lost the Trust Vote in the Karnataka Assembly.

Downfall of coalition Govt: HD Kumaraswamy resigns as CM of Karnataka, after losing trust vote!
HD Kumaraswamy resigns as CM of Karnataka, as he losing trust vote!

After days of high drama in Vidhana Soudha from the past 15 days, closed-door negotiations and unsuccessful attempts to pacify rebelling MLAs, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy submitted his resignation to the Governor, about an hour after he lost the Trust Vote in the Assembly. With this, the 13-month-old JD(S)-Congress government in the state has officially come to end.

"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 cooperation given to me and my colleagues during my tenure," Kumaraswamy wrote in his letter. 

The Governor accepted his resignation and asked him to continue as caretaker CM until further notice. 

HD Kumaraswamy’s resignation came after the JD (S) and Congress coalition government lost the Trust Vote moved by the former CM himself in the state Assembly. HDK managed to get just 98 votes, versus 105 against him. The coalition's multiple efforts to stall the Trust Vote and bring back the rebel MLAs to their fold ended in the embarrassing defeat on the floor of the House on Tuesday evening. With the rebel MLAs showing no signs of returning to the coalition and the Speaker unable to delay the trust vote any further, Tuesday evening saw Kumaraswamy going over to the Raj Bhavan around 8.30 pm and giving in his resignation.