A revolt seemed to be brewing among Janata Dal (Secular) legislators on Sunday, following chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s refusal to hand over the chief ministership to BJP leader and deputy chief minister BS Yediyurappa, breaking the agreement reached between the JD(S) and the BJP 20 months ago.
The MLAs were agitated over the prospect of their government being voted out, which seemed a near-certainty after the BJP submitted a letter to governor Rajeshwar Thakur earlier in the evening, formally withdrawing support. The JD(S) has only 57 members in a house of 225, against the BJP's 79 and the Congress's 66.
In the first open protest, Mahima Patel, son of the late chief minister JH Patel, quit as parliamentary secretary to the chief minister. "We did not keep our integrity and so I cannot continue to work. There are at least 30 others who feel as I do but are not stepping out because of various compulsions, " Patel told Hindustan Times.
He hinted at forming his own group. Meanwhile BJP workers showed no signs of dejection at their party no longer being in power. They broke coconuts at the gates of the Raj Bhavan. "Our party will welcome president's rule, followed by early elections," Yediyurappa said. He planned to embark on a state wide tour from Monday, urging the people to 'punish the betrayers'.