In the shock of Congress-Janata Dal government in Karnataka, Governor Vajubhai Vala has directed CM H.D Kumaraswamy to prove his majority on the floor of the assembly on Friday.
With the rebel of MLAs resolute in their stand that they will not attend the session, the fall of the13-month-old government appears to imminent.
Governor’s direction came after the house adjourned earlier on Thursday amid a heated discussion without a vote on the confidence motion by Chief Minister.
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This was despite the Governor sending a message to Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar, expressing a desire that the House complete the process by the end of the day.
The ruling party leaders, who had argued that the Governor’s message was an infringement on their rights, also opposed the deadline he set for the Chief Minister. However, the Opposition BJP, which had petitioned the Governor against the “delay” in putting the confidence motion to vote, welcomed his directive.
In the night, the entire BJP Legislature Party, led by Leader of the Opposition B.S. Yeddyurappa, slept in the Assembly, protesting against the delay in the motion being put to vote. Mr. Yeddyurappa called it a “diversionary tactic” to prolong the trust vote.
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It was quite clear that treasury benches had only 98 MLS in their side and opposition has 105 today. The Chief Minister should have to resign and walkout said, Mr. Yeddyurappa.
We oppose to debate on the confidence motion but it wasn’t debated at all. I even appealed the speaker to complete the debate even by the midnight and put it to the state of the vote. Even Governor’s direction was ignored”, he added.
In his letter to the CM, Mr. Vala said that over past few weeks, 15 MLAs had signed their resignation from the house and two independent MLAs too had dropped their papers of withdrawing their support to the government, which clearly indicated that you have already lost majority in the house.
The Governor added that he didn’t intervene in the matter earlier, regard to the fact that House was called and trust vote was moved.
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He pointed out” Proceeding of the house was stalled and consequently adjourned on Thursday without reaching any conclusion”. And this” can’t go in democratic set-up governed by the constitution of India”. He further said that the house was adjourned though he had sent a message to the speaker of the house.
“Under these circumstances, I require you to prove your majority on the floor of the house before 3 PM tomorrow [Friday]”.
Meanwhile, high voltage drama was witnessed with one more congress MLA absenting himself from the proceeding and sending a letter and video to the speaker, showing that he is admitted to the government hospital in Mumbai.
HDK urges to Speaker to protect him from the letters of the governor which direct him to prove his majority. He further added why governor is reacting to the situation like this now and not 10 days ago.