Hold Karnataka Trust Vote Now, Ruling Coalition Stalling: BJP To Governor

Clay Curtis
July 19, 2019

Citing his capacity as the head of the state, the Governor in his letter to the CM said, "I had not intervened in the matter having regard to the fact that the House was called and Trust vote has been moved".

You can hear the epitaph being written for the never-steady government of HD Kumaraswamy in Karnataka as the Supreme Court verdict on Wednesday (July 17) on the status of the 15 rebel MLAs nearly makes it clear that the Congress-JD (S) coalition government will not survive the trust vote on the floor of the Assembly today (July 18). In the floor test today, Kumaraswamy will have to prove his majority on the floor of the House. "I've no role to play in that", he said during the debate on the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy earlier in the day. The chief minister is expected to maintain the confidence of the House at all times during his tenure. The House was adjourned by deputy speaker Krishna Reddy without voting on the confidence motion as the ruling coalition members accused the BJP of kidnapping its MLAs and persistently shouted slogans during the debate.

Congress troubleshooter D.K. Shivakumar, who has been trying to win back the rebel MLAs holed up in Mumbai, said after the Supreme Court verdict that the anti-defection law would indeed apply to MLAs who do not attend the session or defy the whip.

A bench of the apex court, headed by the Chief Justice of India bench today delivered its verdict on the plea of 10 dissident Congress-JD (S) MLAs also held that the Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar had the discretion to decide either the disqualification or resignation of the MLAs. Vala's message under Article 175 of the constitution added that completing the proceedings by the end of the way will uphold the highest traditions of democracy and parliamentary practice. The majority number would be 105, and the BJP has on its side 105 MLAs, plus the backing of two Independents.

In political parlance, a whip is a written order which demands party members to be present in Parliament or a state assembly if an important vote is scheduled, and also asks them to vote in a particular way. "Who is responsible for destabilising this government?"

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BSP MLA Mahesh, on whose support the coalition was counting, also did not show up, amid reports he was keeping away as he has not received any directions from the party leader Mayawati on the stand to be taken on the trust vote.

The Congress MLAs said the lawmakers were living in fear and Patil was kidnapped, kept in a room, taken by a special flight and then admitted to a hospital.

However, Patil, in a video message on a social networking site, said no one had kidnapped him.

BJP members made their displeasure known several times over alleged delay in taking up the voting on the confidence motion, leading to adjournment of the House for half-an-hour. He will for sure target the BJP for poaching his MLAs.

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