Karnataka Trust Vote highlights: The Congress has denied the reports that Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy will resign ahead of the floor test. Earlier, it was reported that JD(S) chief may submit his resignation as he does not have the required number to prove his majority in the House. The coalition government slipped into a crisis after 16 MLAs (13 from Congress and three from JD-S) submitted their resignation on ground of no work in their constituencies.
Following the resignations of rebel legislators, the strength of the Congress-JDS government came down from 117 to 101 in 224-member House. The BJP has 107 members in the Assembly. The Congress and Kumaraswamy made all efforts to persuade the legislators to come back to their fold. But the rebel MLAs refused to go back on their decision.
The rebel MLAs have also refused to participate in the current proceedings. However, Congress today shot another warning to rebel legislators and said: “INC-JDS legislators who vote against the govt are entitled to disqualification.” If the rebel MLAs do not attend the trust vote, the Kumaraswamy government will fall short of the majority mark 113. The Speaker has been insisting the members to finish the discussion to that confidence motion can be taken up today.