BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday rejected the speculations that he will resign after the cabinet meeting.
When asked how he could continue since 16 MLAs had resigned, Kumaraswamy said:
"Why should I resign? What is the necessity for me to resign now?" he asked the media.
"In 2008- 2009, 18 MLAs had rebelled against BS Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Did he resign?", he added.
Earlier, there is speculation that he could put in his papers in the wake of the crisis that has pushed his coalition government to the brink of collapse.
The chief minister held discussions with senior Congress leaders on Thursday.
The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition faces the threat of losing its majority in the Assembly if the resignations are accepted.
On Wednesday, the Karnataka unit of the BJP, led by its chief Yeddyurappa staged a protest at the Vidhan Soudha, demanding the resignation of Kumaraswamy.
Of the 16 MLAs who have resigned, 13 are from the Congress and three from the JD(S).
The Karnataka Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the Assembly is 113.
The JD(S)-Congress coalition's total strength in the state assembly, including those who have put in their papers, is 118 --Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP one and two Independents, besides the speaker.
The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House.
The Congress-JD(S) coalition is making all efforts to protect its government which seems to have fallen short of a majority.