Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has made it clear that there is no threat to his government. During a meeting with Governor H R Bharadwaj, Shettar said that the numbers are there and he enjoys absolute majority on the floor of the state assembly.
Governor Bharadwaj had called on the chief minister, and sought details about the state of the government and also the numbers on the floor of the House. He had convened this meeting after 13 legislators, all loyalists of former CM Yeddyurappa, had decided to submit their resignations from the BJP government.
If the resignations are accepted then the BJP government will collapse as they will fall short of magic mark by 8 seats.
The speaker of the legislative assembly will return to Bangalore on January 28and these MLAs would make another bid to tender their resignations to him.
However, the ball is now in the governor’s court and he would have to decide now if a floor test is needed or not.
Earlier in the day, Governor Bharadwaj said that he will ask the state government to prove its majority on the floor of the House.
He informed the media that he has directed his office to check with the officials in the assembly about the position and then tell Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to prove his majority.