‘Prove majority before 6 pm’; Karnataka Gov’s 2nd letter to CM

Bengaluru | Karnataka governor Vajubhai Valla has yet again issued a letter to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy asking to prove the majority of Congress-JDS government till 6 pm today.

Governor Valla’s letter is the second in the row to the Karnataka CM who earlier set a deadline to conduct the trust vote till 1.30 pm today. However, the speaker went pass the governor’s deadline and adjourned the assembly till 3 pm today. Adjourning the house till 3 pm the speaker said, “The Governor’s order has to be followed or not will be decided by Chief Minister because the letter was sent to him, so he has to decide.”

Meanwhile, Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao has approached Supreme Court over this issue. Rao in his petition claimed that the Supreme Court order on rebel MLAs had violated the party’s right to issue whip to its MLAs.

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BJP MLA R Ashok addressing media said that the BJP has full faith in Speaker that he will take right decision. He said,” Allegations made by Congress regarding horse-trading are a bit bizarre. What fake righteousness is this? One wonders where these principles were when they cross voted during Rajya Sabha elections.”

Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa speaking to reporters outside the state assembly said that the party will be moving a breach of privilege motion against Kolar MLA Srinivas Gowda(JDS) who alleged in the assembly that he was offered Rs 5 crore by BJP.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy speaking during the trust vote debate alleged that the opposition BJP is trying to destroy democracy in the state. He said, “I have given funds to all of your districts. But you(BJP) say I am the CM of only two-three districts. That is why I am saying there should not be any hurry, let us discuss it. You are trying to destroy democracy.”

Kumaraswamy charged that an atmosphere was created from day one that “this government will go” and it was unstable. “After 14 months (in power), we have come to the final stage,” Kumaraswamy said. “Let’s have a discussion. You can still form the government. Nothing urgent. You can do it on Monday or Tuesday also. I am not going to misuse power,” Kumaraswamy told the BJP.


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