"Prove majority or go home" was the message from Congress as the BJP government in Karnataka was mired in a fresh crisis with 13 of its MLAs announcing their decision to quit their Assembly membership.
The party slammed the BJP for its "never-ending 'natak' (drama) in Karnataka" saying it "represents the nadir of governance" and claimed that its government was "in shambles" in the southern state for long.
"It is high time that the government should prove its majority or go home," AICC general secretary B K Hariprasad said.
Hariprasad, who is from Karnataka, alleged that there was no governance and the "resignation drama" has worsened the situation further.
Seeking to push the government into a crisis, 13 MLAs loyal to Karnataka Janata Party chief B S Yeddyurappa had gone in a delegation on Wednesday to meet Speaker K G Bopaiah to submit their resignation from assembly membership but as he was not in station they submitted copies of their resignation letters to Governor H R Bhardwaj.
Bhardwaj today indicated that he might ask Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar to prove his majority.
Hariprasad said that the hints given by the Governor are a welcome development. Hariprasad is a member from Karnataka.
Congress leader and Union Minister Manish Tewari said, "BJP's never-ending 'natak' in Karnataka represents the nadir of governance.
"We do hope the people of Karnataka in the ensuing elections would read the state of this spectacle of nepotism and incompetence".
The Governor said he has received letters (copies) from Yeddyurappa and also the MLAs.
In the 225-member Assembly, BJP has a strength of 117 excluding Speaker and it requires 113 for a simple majority. Congress has 71 members and JDS 26. There are seven Independents and two vacancies. One member is nominated.