Lone BSP minister in Congress-JDS coalition in Karnataka quits

In a blow to the Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka, the lone BSP Minister N Mahesh today quit his post citing personal reasons, but said he would continue to support the ruling coalition. His surprise move came days after BSP chief Mayawati announced that her party would not forge an alliance with the Congress “at any cost” for the Assembly polls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, in a setback to efforts to forge opposition unity. Speaking to reporters after submitting his resignation to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy , Mahesh said he quit to focus more on his assembly constituency Kollegal and to strengthen his party ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The BSP leader said he has not yet informed Mayawati about his decision to resign. Mahesh vowed to continue his support to the coalition government and said he would campaign for the JD(S) during the bypolls for three Lok Sabha and two assembly seats in the state on November 3.

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