NEW DELHI: Union Minister Rajnath Singh today asserted in parliament that the ruling BJP had "nothing to do with" the crisis in Karnataka, where the Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition is fighting for survival after multiple resignations.
"Our party does not put pressure on any other party's lawmaker or legislator. It is Rahul Gandhi who started the resignation spree," Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha.
Rajnath Singh's comments came as the Congress in parliament accused the ruling party of trying to destabilize state governments to seize power.
The ruling coalition in Karnataka plunged into crisis after 13 lawmakers from both partners resigned last week.
The resignation of a minister, an independent lawmaker, who has pledged his support to the BJP, could be the proverbial straw.
With 14 exits, the ruling coalition drops to 104, which is two short of the effective majority mark after the resignations. The BJP, after winning the support of one more lawmaker, will have 106.
The Congress and JDS have accused the BJP of flying the rebel lawmakers to Mumbai and sequestering them at a five-star hotel in preparation for staking claim to power.
BJP Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa had said, "Let's wait and watch. Are we sanyasis(hermits)? After the resignation process is over and the speaker takes his decision, leaders of our party will discuss and decide."
The Congress and JDS of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy then came together to try and keep the BJP out of the government.
Both parties have been trying to persuade the rebels who resigned on Saturday - eight from the Congress and three from the JDS.
The independent lawmaker who may have tipped the balance, Nagesh, has left for Mumbai, which has become the base of the rebels.