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Speaker will take call on confidence motion: Congress leader Siddaramaiah

File photo of Siddaramaiah. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

ANI Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Jul 22, 2019, 05.03 PM (IST)

Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah on Monday said that while it is up to the Assembly Speaker to take a call on a confidence motion they have also filed a petition in the Supreme Court.

"The Speaker will take a call on a confidence motion. We have already said that we will prove the confidence in Vidhana Soudha. The case is pending in Supreme Court. We have also filed the petition, most probably tomorrow Supreme Court will hear our plea," Siddaramaiah told reporters.

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In an attempt to again reach out to rebel legislators, Siddaramaiah said, "If the rebel MLAs come back then they will be with us. Rebels have said that they are not living comfortably. They could have stayed back here itself."

The Congress-JDS government fell into a minority earlier this month following the resignation of several dissident MLAs. Sixteen MLAs from the ruling coalition including thirteen Congress and three JD(S) MLAs have resigned.

Earlier, Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Monday said a decision on the confidence motion has to be taken today. 

"Don't repeat what I already said on Friday. I have already said that the decision is to be taken today," K R Ramesh Kumar said when BJP MLA Madhuswamy told the Speaker that floor test should be completed today.

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In an attempt to again reach out to rebel legislators, Siddaramaiah said, 'If the rebel MLAs come back then they will be with us. Rebels have said that they are not living comfortably. They could have stayed back here itself.'