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some relief to the embattled coalition government in Karnataka, Congress MLA

Ramalinga Reddy on Wednesday said he has decided to withdraw his resignation from
the assembly and will vote in favour of the trust vote to be sought by Chief
Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

"I will take part in the assembly session tomorrow and vote in favour of the party.
I will continue to remain in the party and serve as MLA," he told PTI here.

Reddy, a former minister, is among the 13 Congress and three JDS MLAs who have
tendered their resignations while two independent legislators have withdrawn their
support to the 14-month old Kumaraswamy government, leaving it tottering on the
brink of collapse.

The survival of the Congress-JD(S) government hangs precariously on the eve of the
trust vote with the Supreme Court Wednesday holding that the 15 rebel Congress-
JD(S) MLAs, who had moved it, cannot be compelled to participate in the proceedings
of the ongoing assembly session.

While most of the rebel MLAs have been staying in Mumbai, Reddy chose to be in the
city amid reports that Congress was trying to pacify him.

The party had also left him out while moving the Assembly Speaker for
disqualification of the rebel MLAs, saying he was an "exception."

Reddy too had maintained he would remain in Congress and he has resigned only from
the assembly.

Hours ahead of the floor test on Thursday, Reddy said he would withdraw his
resignation letter submitted to the Speaker on July 6.

The other rebel MLAs camping in Mumbai said there was no question of stepping back
on their resignations or attending the session.

If the resignations of the 15 MLAs are accepted or if they stay away from the
assembly, the ruling coalitions tally will plummet to 102, reducing the government
to a minority.