Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today comfortably proved majority on the floor of the Legislative Assembly with 117 MLAs voting in favour of the Congress-JD(S) alliance. The BJP, which has 104 MLAs, walked out of the Assembly in protest against the ‘unholy’ partnership between the Congress and JD(S). BJP strongman BS Yeddyurappa warned that the party will launch a state-wide protest on May 28 if Kumaraswamy doesn’t waive off farmers’ loans.
“The confidence motion has been put to vote and won by voice vote in favour of Kumaraswamy,” Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar announced.
Earlier in the afternoon, Congress MLA KR Ramesh Kumar was elected unanimously as the Speaker after BJP’s nominee S Suresh Kumar withdrew his candidature. Shortly before the start of the proceedings, Suresh Kumar said that he was withdrawing his nomination following a direction from the BJP leadership. “After discussion in the party, it is felt that the Speaker has to be elected unanimously following the parliamentary traditions. I am withdrawing my nomination,” he said in a tweet.
Ramesh Kumar had previously served as the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly between 1994 and 1999. In the previous government headed by Siddaramaiah, he was a Cabinet minister. This time, he defeated JD(S) candidate GK Venkatashivareddy by a margin 10,552 votes from Srinivaspur seat.
Karnataka floor test: Highlights
– Congress leader DK Shivakumar on BJP’s state-wide bandh on May 28 if CM doesn’t waive off farmer loans: “They cannot waste public money, if a law and order problem in created, it will be because of them. They can’t force and blackmail us. We are a responsible government and can’t act to wishes of the BJP.
– Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs stage walk out of the Karnataka Assembly ahead of vote of confidence. News agency reported that 117 MLAs voted in his favour. Yeddyurappa said that the BJP will hold a state-wide protest on May 28 if Kumaraswamy doesn’t waive off farmers’ loan. Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar announced that the confidence motion has been put to vote and won by voice vote in favour of Kumaraswamy.
– Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy moves vote of confidence on the floor of the Karnataka Assembly.
– Yeddyurappa congratulates Speaker Ramesh Kumar, saying the party withdrew nomination in order to maintain the dignity of the Speaker’s post. “We withdrew (nomination of BJP candidate) as we wanted the election to be unanimous in order to maintain dignity of the Speaker’s post,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.
– BJP strongman BS Yeddyurappa extends his support to HD Kumaraswamy. Speaking on the floor of the House ahead of trust vote, he said that the BJP will cooperate the JD(S) leader in running the government smoothly.
– Congress leader DK Shivakumar congratulates Speaker Ramesh Kumar. Recalling his previous tenure as the Speaker, he said, “With his election again as Speaker, the chair has got new respect.”
– Speaking on the floor of the House, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy congratulated Ramesh Kumar and thanked the Opposition for unanimously electing him as the Speaker of the House. He said that members will get benefit from Ramesh Kumar’s experience. “He comes with a wealth of experience”.
– Ramesh Kumar takes charge. He will soon begin the proceeding of the House and oversee the trust vote.
– The election to elect a new Speaker was averted after BJP’s S Suresh Kumar withdrew his nomination minutes before the House assembled. Congress nominee Ramesh Kumar was elected as the Speaker if the new Assembly unanimously. He had served as the Speaker between 1994 and 1999.
– Both the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) have issued whips to the MLAs to vote in favour of CM HD Kumaraswamy when he seeks trust vote on the floor of the Karnataka Assembly. The Congress has 78 MLAs whereas the JD(S)+ has 38. The current strength of the House is 222. The coalition government needs 112 votes to prove majority. The BJP has 104 MLAs.