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No trust vote today as Karnataka Assembly gets adjourned; BJP MLAs call for overnight sit-in 

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WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 18, 2019, 06.59 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Karnataka State Assembly was adjourned on Thursday indicating that a trust vote is not likely to be carried out today. 

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs have decided to stage an overnight sit-in in the Assembly demanding the Speaker replies to the Governor's letter and holds a floor test. 

The State Assembly today debated a confidence motion moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy that came in the wake of several resignations submitted by Congress-JD(S) MLAs.

Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa has also urged for the voting to be held today. "Even if it is midnight, let the trust vote be held today," he said in the assembly. 

After a BJP delegation met Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Thursday over delay in the trust vote, he asked Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh to consider holding the trust vote by end of the day.

"Motion of confidence is in consideration at the house. Chief Minister is expected to maintain the confidence of the house at all times. Consider trust vote by the end of the day," he told the Speaker in a letter.

Earlier in the day, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy moved confidence motion in the state Assembly at 11 am to prove the majority of his government amidst rebellion by a section of the lawmakers.

"I haven't come just because there is a question on whether I can run a coalition government or not. Events have shown that even the role of the Speaker has been put under jeopardy by some legislators," Kumaraswamy said in his opening speech.

He claimed that the dissenting legislators had moved the apex court with the BJP's assistance."A situation has been created so that people lose trust in us. Without any discussion they have wanted a trust vote", Kumaraswamy said.

BJP leaders claimed JD(S)-Congress coalition was delaying the trust vote fearing imminent defeat due to lack of majority numbers.

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Karnataka is facing a political turmoil ever since 13 Congress MLAs and 3 MLAs from the JDS have resigned from the Legislature. Further, two independent MLAs withdrew their support from the government. 

As per the register of attendance, 18 MLAs were not present in the Assembly as the House took up the vote of confidence for debate.

The BJP has 105 MLAs in the 225-member state Assembly including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark is 113.

(With inputs from ANI)  


 

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The State Assembly today debated a confidence motion moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy that came in the wake of several resignations submitted by Congress-JD(S) MLAs.