HD Kumaraswamy moves confidence motion in Karnataka Assembly

Karnataka political crisis LIVE: Trust vote today, govt teeters on edge

Karnataka political crisis LIVE: Trust vote today, govt teeters on edge

The ruling coalition's strength in the House is 117- Congress 78, JD (S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides the Speaker.

If the resignations are accepted, the 15-month-old coalition would be reduced to a minority in the assembly and leave it poised on the brink of collapse in the climax of a crisis that began on July 6. This places the party members under an obligation to toe the party line and is usually employed when critical bills are tabled in the House or during a motion of no-confidence. This despite the uncertain fate of his government due to the mass resignation of 16 ruling coalition MLAs.

GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP also said: " SC in its final judgement will have to create timelines for Speakers to decide a matter be it Assembly or Parliament. A total of 20 lawmakers did not turn up Thursday, including 17 from the ruling coalition, as the House debated in a charged atmosphere with two adjournments amid pandemonium.

BJP is reportedly apprehensive that the ruling coalition might try to get the debate prolonged as much as possible to buy time in its last ditch effort to shore up numbers before the voting is taken up.

"Under these circumstances, I require you to prove your majority on the floor of the House on or before 1:30 p.m. tomorrow [Friday]". The chief minister is expected to maintain the confidence of the House at all times during his tenure.

"If that happens, then a petition has to be filed with the speaker and then the speaker will decide if he has done any of these things", he added.

He pointed out that "proceedings of the House on July 18 were stalled and consequently adjourned without reaching any finality" and this "cannot go on in a democratic set-up governed by the Constitution of India".

"Though a message as contemplated under article 175 (2) is sent to the speaker, I'm informed that the House is adjourned today". Mr. Yeddyurappa called it a "diversionary tactic" to prolong the trust vote. He said the confidence motion was not even discussed properly for 15 minutes and other issues were brought in by the ruling coalition members to delay the trust vote. "We have to tell the truth", he said. "Who is responsible for destabilising this government?"

Senior minister D K Shivakumar said they would produce documents to show that Patil was forcibly admitted to the hospital to skip assembly.

With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House, including the nominated MLA and Speaker. Also, the MLA will be disqualified from his post.

After the court's verdict, former Chief Minister and BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa said, "Kumaraswamy has lost his mandate and he doesn't command a majority". The Supreme Court had said the previous day that the 15 rebel MLAs "ought not to be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the..." I request you to defer it. It violates the constitutional provisions.