Bengaluru | After a high voltage drama in the last few weeks, the Karnataka Crisis is likely to come to an end today as the HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) will be facing a trust vote in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
The fate of the 16-month-old Congress-JDS government looks in danger after the Supreme Court order where the top court stated that the 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs cannot be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the ongoing Assembly session.
In the last few weeks 16 MLAs — 13 from the Congress and three from JD(S) — have resigned, two independent MLAs S Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government.
The ruling coalition’s strength in the House is 117– Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides the Speaker. With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House, including the nominated MLA and Speaker.
If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted or if they are not present in the House, the ruling coalition’s tally will be reduced to 101.
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P Muralidhar Rao, BJP National General Secretary: Until MLAs return, they (K’taka govt) get the majority the assembly will go on…this being done by Speaker is unacceptable. Today a full stop should be put to all this, Governor should take a decision & save democracy.
P Muralidhar Rao, BJP National General Secy: Congress-JD(S) is violating constitutional rights. Democracy is being murdered. Court has allowed the 15 MLAs (rebel MLAs) that they may or may not be present there. They (K’taka govt) don’t have the no.,they’re in minority.
Siddaramiah, Former Karnataka CM: CT Ravi doesn’t have proper info. I didn’t leave JD(S), I was expelled. I didn’t join Congress immediately. I was forming Ahinda party. I was expelled from JD(S) in May 2005. I joined Congress in 2006. Wrong info shouldn’t be recorded here
Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar: Each member will speak only for 10 minutes. Don’t make me say this again and again
Siddaramaiah, Former Karnataka CM: If the rebel MLAs come back then they will be with us. Rebels have told that they are not living comfortably, they could have stayed back here itself.
Siddaramaiah, Former Karnataka CM: Speaker will take a call on a confidence motion. We have already told that we will prove the confidence in Vidhana Soudha. Case is pending in Supreme Court. We have also filed the petition, most probably tomorrow Supreme Court will hear our plea.