Protesting the floor test, Karnataka BJP MLAs sleep on Vidhan Soudha floor

Bengaluru | In one of kind protest, the Karnataka BJP MLAs led by former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa slept overnight in the state assembly.

The BJP MLAs protesting against the Assembly speaker’s decision to adjourn the house and avoiding the trust vote on Thursday. The BJP delegation also met Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala earlier in the day. After the meeting, the governor urged the Speaker to consider a vote till 1.30 pm on Thursday. BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa said the BJP MLAs are ready to wait till midnight. However, to protest against this, BJP has decided to put up its lawmakers in the assembly overnight to protest.

Meanwhile Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has set a deadline to decide the fate of HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JDS government till 1.30 pm today. The governor had earlier conveyed a message to the Assembly speaker suggesting to conduct the trust vote till the end of the day however, the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar adjourned the house without deciding on the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

Governor in his letter with a copy to the speaker wrote, “The proceedings of the House on 18-07-2019 for vote of confidence has been stalled and consequently adjourned without reaching any finality. This cannot go on in a democratic set up governed by the Constitution of India.” He further added that the Chief Minister is expected to maintain the confidence of the house at all times during his tenure.

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16 MLAs — 13 from the Congress and three from JD(S) — have resigned, two independent MLAs S Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government.

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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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