Bengaluru: The debate on the government’s vote of confidence continued in Karnataka Assembly on Friday. Meanwhile, Governor Vajubhai Vala gave a second deadline to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to prove majority. He said that the government should prove majority by 6 PM. Earlier, the Governor had asked for a floor test by 1.30 pm.
But Speaker Ramesh Kumar said that unless the discussion is complete, you (BJP) can not ask for confidence vote. He said that the Governor has written a letter to the Chief Minister. Therefore, whether or not his order is to be followed, this decision is of Kumaraswamy.
Kumaraswamy said, “I have respect for the Governor, but his second love letter has hurt me.” Showing the photograph of Independent MLA H. Nagesh along with BS Yeddyurappa’s private secretary PA Santosh, the Chief Minister asked if he really learned about the purchase of MLAs 10 days ago? He said: “I leave the floor test decision on the speaker. I cannot be guided by Delhi. I appeal to the speaker to protect me from the letter sent by the governor.”
Earlier, Governor Vajubhai Vala on Friday extended the deadline for Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to prove his government’s majority in the state legislative Assembly here till 6 p.m. after the latter missed the 1.30 p.m. deadline set by the Governor.
The deadline came in response to a BJP complaint to the Governor on the dilatory tactics of the ruling allies (Congress and Janata Dal-secular (JD-S) on the confidence motion that Kumaraswamy moved on Thursday.
“I require you to prove your majority on or before 1.30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday), said Vala in the letter after his Thursday’s order to complete the floor test by the end of the day also lapsed.
Resuming the inconclusive debate on the motion, stalled six times due to ruckus between the lawmakers of the ruling allies and the BJP, Kumaraswamy said it was for the Speaker to decide on the Governor’s order when he should prove the majority on the floor of the House.
It is for the Speaker and not me to decide by when I should prove majority: Kumaraswamy
“It is not for me to decide by when I should prove the majority but the Speaker who is the custodian of the House and supreme in deciding how the session should be conducted,” said Kumaraswamy.
Intervening the debate, state Law & Parliamentary Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said the Governor cannot give such an order on a motion Kumaraswamy moved on Thursday and was being debated by the ruling and opposition members.
“We fail to understand how the Governor could direct the Chief Minister to prove majority in a limited time-frame without completing the debate by both sides and listening to the Chief Minister’s reply on it as mentioned in the rule book,” said Gowda.
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A restive BJP told the Speaker not to allow the ruling combine to further delay the floor test as there was no stay on the trial of strength from the Supreme Court.
Rejecting the BJP’s demand, ruling lawmakers dubbed the Governor a BJP agent and asked him to go back and convert the Raj Bhavan into a BJP office.
As on Thursday, about 20 legislators, including 14 from the Congress, 3 from the JD-S and three Independents were absent in the 225-member Assembly when the session began.