K’taka crisis: BSY dares HDK to hold floor test on Monday

BENGALURU, JUL 13 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/13/2019 10:58:33 AM IST

The BJP will press Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy (HDK) to seek trust vote in the assembly on Monday, state BJP chief B.S. Yeddyurappa (BSY) said on Saturday. The former chief minister asserted that the Congress-JD(S) coalition government has lost majority and its collapse was imminent.

In a surprise move amid the existential crisis faced by his government, Kumaraswamy had on Friday announced in the state assembly that he had voluntarily decided to seek a trust vote to end the “confusion” caused by resignations of rebel MLAs and requested the Speaker to fix time for the same.

Yeddyurappa said on Saturday that the chief minister “must move the confidence motion Monday itself”. “Monday morning at Business Advisory Committee meeting we will advise that chief ministers commitment should be fulfilled,” he said.

According to sources, Kumaraswamy had proposed that the trust vote be held on Wednesday.

However, no decision was taken as the principal opposition BJP did not attend the meeting.

The coalition government, which has been shaky since it came into being last year after a post-poll arrangement in the wake of a hung verdict, is facing a serious crisis now with 16 MLAs - 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) - resigning their assembly membership. Besides, two independent legislators, who were made ministers recently to provide stability to the government, have quit the ministry and withdrawn support.

Pointing out that Kumaraswamy has clearly lost majority with the resignation of 16 MLAs and two independents withdrawing support, Yeddyurappa said it was better for him to resign and allow a new government to take over to work for the people of the state. “Let us wait till Monday, if he is going to move confidence motion we have no objection. We will wait till Monday,” he added.

Yeddyurappa said, along with ten MLAs, five more MLAs - MTB Nagaraj, K Sudhakar, Munirathana, R Roshan Baig and Anand Singh - have also moved the Supreme Court regarding delay in acceptance of their resignation by the Speaker, and it may also be taken up by the court on Tuesday.

Cong rebel MLA Nagaraj decides to stay back: With the drama entering the eighth day on Saturday, Congress leader DK Shivakumar arrived at rebel MLA Nagaraj’s house at 5 a.m. to convince him to take back his resignation.

Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj on Saturday said, “I and Sudhakar had given resignation from MLA’s post. All the leaders are asking me to stay in Congress since morning. I have decided to stay in the party.”

He also said, “We will try to convince Sudhakar and both of us will take our resignation back.”

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy also met rebel Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj at Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah’s residence in Bengaluru on Saturday.

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