- After weeks of hanging by a thread, the Congress-JD(S) led government in Karnataka lost the trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday, 23 July after getting 99 votes against the BJP’s 105.
- Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar announced that the coalition government led by CM HD Kumaraswamy has lost the trust vote by six votes.
The BJP has made it official that the party will stake claim inb the state.
Section 144 imposed in Bengaluru
Following clashes in the state before the trust vote, the police have imposed section 144 across Bengaluru for the next 2 days.
“Today and tomorrow we are imposing Section 144 across the city. All pubs, wine shops will be closed till 25th. If anyone is found violating these rules, they will be punished,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar was quoted by ANI as saying.
Deadline for trust vote at 6 pm Tuesday
The Karnataka Assembly was reconvened Tuesday at 10 am but in the absence of Congress and JDS MLAs. The speaker Ramesh Kumar has set a new deadline for the trust vote to be held on Tuesday 6 pm.
The Speaker urged the ruling coalition to not make him a “breaker of promises” as it would drastically affect his reputation and of the House.
Earlier in the day, the debate on the confidence motion moved by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, Yeddyurappa said to Siddaramaiah, the Congress Legislature Party leader, that the whip the latter has issued against the rebel MLAs is of no value.
“My understanding of the law is that the Supreme Court has given protection to the (rebel) MLAs from the whip. They cannot be compelled to attend the assembly proceedings. Whether you agree with me or not but your whip has no value,” the BJP veteran told Siddaramaiah.
However, Siddaramaiah countered him saying the apex court has not barred him from issuing whip and the Speaker of the assembly has upheld his right “Supreme court has not told me not to issue whip. I have got every right to issue whip under the Constitution. It has been upheld by the Speaker,” he said. (PTI)
Meanwhile, the Speaker had also asked the rebel lawmakers to appear before him at 11 am Tuesday to justify against their disqualification.
SC adjourns the hearing of PIL by independent lawmakers
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing till Wednesday on a plea filed by 2 Independent lawmakers, who sought the trust vote be held “forthwith” in the state assembly. The top court took the decision after the counsel for the Speaker told that the floor test is “most likely happen today or tomorrow (i.e., 23 or 24 July).”
The top court has taken cognizance of the Speaker’s statement.
The MLAs who withdrew support to the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition had sought the top court’s direction to conduct the trust vote on or before 5 pm on Monday.
The confidence motion was moved on last Thursday but the vote couldn’t be held despite two deadlines by Governor Vajubhai Vala.
Although the numbers don’t seem to be with the ruling coalition, the latter has insisted that they will win the trust vote. “We are confident that we will be able to save the government,” JD(S) MLA D C Gowrishankar said.