Karnataka Assembly trust vote highlights: Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar adjourned the house till Monday after the day continued to see developments in the political turmoil in the state that is on since last few days. The day saw the governor asking CM Kumaraswamy to face the trust vote till 6 pm. The CM moved to Supreme court maintaining that the governor should not interfere in the proceedings of the House.
Earlier on Friday, the CM accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of killing democracy in the country. Speaking on the floor of the House, Kumaraswamy said that the chair is not important to him and he will not request anyone to save his 14-month-old government. The CM asked the saffron party why it is in hurry, and advised it to allow the House to have a healthy debate. He reminded the BJP about 1999 incident when former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee took 10 days to debate before moving a confidence vote. “Why such a hurry now? Why not allow a discussion? Why the hurry to go through vote without a debate? Dont hurry through the debate because it needs to be recorded for history. Let there be a fair debate about how systematically you (BJP) are killing democracy in this country,” he said. Earlier this morning, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said that Kumaraswamy will deliver his his farewell speech in the Assembly as he exuded confidence that the Congress-JD(S) government will fall short of the majority mark in the 225-member House. “Mostly today will be the end of Congress-JD(S) government’s misrule… the Chief Minister will make his farewell speech today, we will patiently hear it,” he said, adding that his party will decide on the future course of action after consulting the national leadership.
As many as 16 MLAs (13 from Congress and three from JD-S) have resigned. Independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh have also withdrawn their support to the government, putting it on the verge of collapse. However, these resignations have not been accepted by the Speaker yet. The coalition strength stands at 117 — Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides the Speaker. The opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House including two independents. It is certain that of the voting takes places today, the Kumaraswamy government will fall short of the majority majority mark 113.