Kumaraswamy says he will quit on Oct. 3
Bangalore, Sept. 27 (PTI): Karnataka Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy, today said he would step down on October 3 per the power-sharing accord with ally BJP but legislators of the two ruling coalition partners asked him not to decide on quitting in haste and to take them into confidence on the issue.
Kumaraswamy said that several legislators were in favour of his continuing as Chief Minister till the JD(S)-BJP resolved the power transfer issue.
However, "I don't want to belittle my image before the public, reneging on my promise. I will step down on October 3," he said.
While JD(S) legislators wanted Kumaraswamy to take them into confidence before quitting, the BJP MLAs suggested the Chief Minister hold parleys with saffron party leaders.
As confusion compounded over the contentious power transfer issue, the legislators were apprehensive that Kumaraswamy's resignation might force Central rule on the State in the wake of the political flux, the sources said.
Kumaraswamy, who had been hurt by the barrage of attacks on him by BJP leaders of Bellary and, particularly, the criminal case filed against him by Tourism Minister, Sriramulu, told the legislators that he was firm on stepping down on October 3.