After a high voltage drama in Karnataka Assembly that continued for 21 days, the H.D. Kumaraswamy led JDS-Congress coalition government fell at last on Tuesday as it couldn’t prove majority on the floor of the House in a Trust Vote.
A total of 99 MLAs voted for the govt. while 105 members of the BJP voted against it. The speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar said, “H.D. Kumaraswamy has failed the confidence vote, with 99 votes for the government while 105 members have voted against the government.”
After the fall of the coalition govt., BJP sources said that the party is likely to stake claim on Wednesday and B.S. Yedyurappa is likely to take oath on Thursday as new CM of Karnataka.
Interestingly, the BJP’s state chief Yediyurappa too had to quit as CM of this state in almost similar circumstances early last year. This will be his second tenure in the same Assembly.
Ahead of the Trust Vote, section 144 was imposed in Bengaluru for the next 48 hours following clashes between Congress and BJP workers. All pubs and wine shops too are to remain closed till the 25th of July.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court had adjourned till Wednesday the hearing on a plea filed by two Independent MLAs seeking holding of the floor test ‘forthwith’ in the Assembly.
Two independent MLAs had approached the Supreme Court on Sunday seeking direction to conduct the floor test immediately. The two MLAs have alleged that the H.D. Kumaraswamy led JDS-Congress minority government is indulging in delay tactics in proving the majority on the floor of the House and flouting rules.
In their petition, R. Shankar and H. Nagesh had alleged that despite the JDS-Congress coalition government being in minority in the state, trust vote was not being conducted.
This minority govt., which doesn’t have the confidence of the majority, was being allowed to continue in office. Shankar and Nagesh had appealed to the court to give direction to the govt. to hold the floor test on or before 5 P.M. on 22 July.
Both the independent MLAs had withdrawn support from the Kumaraswamy led coalition govt. and expressed their support in favour of BJP.