Lone BSP minister in Congress-JDS govt quits Kumaraswamy cabinet

Politics South India

KARNATAKA: Serving a blow to the ruling Congress-Janata Dal Secular alliance government in Karnataka, lone Bahujan Samaj Party minister in the HD Kumaraswamy cabinet N Mahesh, resigned from his post, but said he would continue to support the ruling coalition.

Mahesh’s exit from the cabinet has added to the woes of the Congress, which is trying to consolidate opposition parties to take on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

After submitting his resignation to the CM, Mahesh, a lawmaker from Kollegal seat, told reporters that he has resigned to focus on work being done in his constituency. I have resigned from my post and will work hard in my constituency and to build the party in the state. I have only resigned as a minister but will continue to support chief minister HD Kumaraswamy,” he said.

The BSP leader said he has not yet informed party supremo Mayawati about his decision to resign.

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