Karnataka floor test Highlights: The Kumaraswamy-led JDS-Congress government in Karnataka, which is on the brink of collapse after mass resignations, will not face a trust vote Thursday as the Assembly was adjourned till Friday. In protest, the BJP has begun an overnight ‘dharna’ demanding a response from Speaker K R Ramesh over Governor Vajubhai Vala’s letter.
After a delegation of BJP leaders met Governor over the delay in holding the floor test, Vajubhai Vala had sent a letter to the Speaker asking him to complete the trust vote proceedings by the end of the day.
Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had moved a confidence motion earlier in the day. Speaking on the floor of the House, Kumaraswamy hit out at the 15 rebel MLAs — 12 Congress and three JD(S) — for making “false allegations” against his “stable government” in the Supreme Court.
During the House proceedings today, Congress and BJP were engaged in a war of words over the trust vote. While Congress alleged that the BJP had “abducted” one of its MLA, the saffron party said that the coalition wanted to postpone the floor test.
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On being asked to clarify the apex court’s order on whips, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar said he would not restrain parties from “exercising any authority”. The Speaker, however, is yet to decide on their resignations, as allowed by the SC. The bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, however, had Wednesday ordered that the MLAs should not be “compelled” to attend proceedings. He is currently meeting legal experts to decide his next move.