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Dharam Singh rules out resignation

The Karnataka CM N Dharam Singh ruled out his resignation in the wake of the political crisis gripping the coalition government.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 15:47 IST

Karnataka Chief Minister N Dharam Singh on Thursday ruled out his resignation in the wake of the political crisis gripping the coalition government following withdrawal of support by the JDS faction led by HD Kumaraswamy.

"I will not step down," Singh said after seeing off the Governor TN Chaturvedi who delivered his address to the joint session of the state legislature, which was boycotted by the legislators of BJP and Kumaraswamy-led JDS who claimed the Government had lost its majority.

Both parties have already staked claim to form an alternative Government. Singh also said the Governor had not set any timeframe for him to seek confidence vote. Asked about the letter submitted by Kumaraswamy about withdrawal of support to the Government, Singh said JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda had also submitted a letter requesting the Governor not to take cognisance of it. Meanwhile, the Business Advisory Committee of the Assembly was holding a meeting to discuss the issue of continuance of the session.

First Published: Jan 19, 2006 13:33 IST