Why should I resign, asks Kumaraswamy

With his government fighting for survival following the resignation of 16 Congress-JD(S) MLAs, Chief Minister H.D Kumaraswamy sought to know on Thursday why should he step down from the post.

"Why should I resign? What is the necessity for me to resign now?," Kumaraswamy shot back to reporters, amidst the 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.

He recalled that in 2009-10, 18 MLAs, including some ministers, had "opposed" the then chief minister B.S Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but he had not resigned.

The chief minister held discussions with senior Congress leaders on Thursday, after the coalition government headed by him suffered a fresh jolt with two more Congress legislators resigning on Wednesday, talking the tally of MLAs who have put in their papers to 16.

The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition faces the threat of losing its majority in the Assembly if the resignations are accepted as its current tally is 116 in the 224 member House.