In another twist to the ongoing political turmoil in Karnataka, BSP Chief Mayawati directed the party’s lone MLA in the Congress-JD(S) coalition N Mahesh to abstain from voting on Monday.
N Mahesh, the only MLA of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Karnataka revealed that Mayawati directed him to abstain from voting on Monday.
Addressing media, N Mahesh said “I will not attend the floor test tomorrow in Karnataka Assembly as per the direction of Mayawati ji.”
On Thursday and Friday, Mahesh Skipped Karnataka Assembly session along with 20 others including 15 rebel MLAs, two independents, and Congress legislators Shrimant Patil who was hospitalized and B Nagendra.
N Mahesh was earlier a minister in HD Kumaraswamy’s cabinet. He submitted his resignation in 2018 as Primary and Secondary Education Minister after differences between BSP and Congress over seat sharing in Madhya Pradesh elections.
In fact, JDS and BSP were the only pre-poll alliance in the state before May.
In the 225 membered Karnataka Assembly the Congress JDS coalition led government is in the minority after 15 rebel MLAs resigned and 2 independents withdrew support depriving the coalition of the halfway mark that is 105.
Meanwhile political analysts opine that Karnataka has once again become the hot bed of political crisis after the historic SR Bommai case, calling for clarification on the constitutional provisions.
The rebel MLAs approached the Supreme Court over non-acceptance of their resignations by the speaker. Subsequently Congress MLAs moved the apex court seeking clarification over Governor’s intervention and the Court’s previous order giving free choice to MLAs either to attend or skip the Assembly session.
If seen in the light of the Supreme Court’s order on July 17, it hinders the political parties to issue whip on the floor of the house as per the provisions of the Anti-Defection law.
The trust vote is being debated in the house since Thursday while the BJP has been demanding the house to take up voting.
Karnataka Assembly will reconvene on Monday at 11 AM to resume the debate on the floor test after breaching another deadline set by the governor on Friday.