Failing to get the numbers in the much-awaited trust vote, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Tuesday submitted his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala.
The Congress-JD(S) coalition failed to muster the support for their government during the floor that was held as per the Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s directive at 6 pm on Tuesday.
Soon after the fallout, Kumaraswamy drove to the Raj Bhavan along with deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and other senior colleagues and tendered his resignation letter to the governor, officials said.
“I hereby tender my resignation to the post of chief minister of Karnataka along with my cabinet and I request you to kindly accept the same. I take this opportunity to extend grateful thanks for the cooperation given to me and my colleagues during the tenure,” the letter read.
The governor, in response, wrote an acceptance letter wherein he said, “I have accepted the resignation tendered by you with immediate effect. Until alternate arrangements are made, kindly continue as caretaker Chief Minister. It is needless to state that no executive decisions should be taken during this period.”
The confidence motion was moved by Kumaraswamy under mounting pressure from the Speaker and the Supreme Court to hold the floor test as 16 of the Congress-JD(S) had earlier resigned from the coalition.
In today’s vote the coalition ended with 99 votes, while BJP secured 105 votes. BSP’s lone MLA, who was directed by party supremo Mayawati to attend the proceedings, also chose to stay away.
BJP, after a long cut-throat battle against the Congress-JD(S) coalition, will stake claim for government in the state. Leaders from the party are expected to meet the governor to stake claim to form the government, with BS Yeddyurappa to be the new Chief Minister, according to sources.
Party leader Nirani said the swearing-in of ministers is likely to be held on July 25.
Celebrating the victory, former chief minister and BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa was quoted by ANI news agency as saying: “People were fed up with Kumaraswamy government. I want to assure people of Karnataka that a new era of development will start now.”
Meanwhile, Congress alleged the BJP of indulging in horse-trading. “The coalition government was subverted by the nefarious joint efforts of the Central Government, Governor, State Government of Maharashtra and BJP leadership. BJP facilitated this dirty-dealing political drama by offering a huge amount of black money and ministerial berths to the defected MLAs,” AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal said in a statement.
The political crisis in the Karnataka goes back to the resignation of at least 15 MLAs — 12 from Congress and 3 from the JD(S) — leading to a stalemate that lasted for three weeks. The rebel MLAs had moved the Supreme Court against the Speaker’s delay in accepting their resignations.
On July 17, the top court had left it to the Speaker to decide on the resignations but noted that they should not be forced to attend the proceedings of the state assembly.
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