As the Karnataka government teetered on the brink, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy announced on Friday that he would seek a trust vote. He sought time from Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar who in turn said a slot would be allotted whenever the CM opted for it. Former Karnataka CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said the Congress-JD(S) coalition is confident of retaining the numbers in the Assembly and that is why they are moving the vote of confidence motion. However, he said he “did not want to disclose” how (Cong-JDS) will win the vote of confidence in the Karnataka legislative assembly.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court while hearing the bunch of pleas moved by rebel MLAs directed the Speaker to not decide on the resignation or disqualification of legislators till July 16. The apex court will now hear the matter on Tuesday. The political turmoil in the southern state persists even as the 10-day-long Karnataka Monsoon session began with CM HD Kumaraswamy moving a confidence motion.
Eight of the 11 rebel MLAs, who met the Speaker at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru Thursday on the Supreme Court’s direction, have submitted fresh resignation letters. If the resignations are accepted, the 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka will lose the majority, paving the way for the BJP to stake claim to form the next government.