Karnataka Floor Test: 13 rebel MLAs to abstain from trust vote on Monday

Bengaluru: Ruling Congress-JDS Coalition party leaders received a severe blow as 13 rebel legislators, staying in a Hotel in Mumbai since last two weeks, today announced that they will not participate in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Session tomorrow when Motion on Confidence sought by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will be put to voice vote on Monday.

In a video released from Mumbai to the press here on Sunday, the dissident MLAs said they will not come to the Assembly on July 22.

They said, one by one, that their self-respect was at risk and they were not lured by any monetary or other considerations from any quarters. “We are all staying here on our own and to teach a lesson to the senior leaders of both parties who were ignoring the interests of people of our respective constituencies”.

The 13 sitting legislators include 10 from the Congress party and 3 from Janata Dal (S).

Former Minister and Ex-JDS State President A H Vishwanath, who is also staying along with others in the hotel, alleged that “Coalition Government is not functioning as per principles of democracy.” 

Underlining that the rebel MLAs will not attend the Session tomorrow, Vishwanath said that he had written a letter to the Speaker about moving a privilege motion against Minister Sa Ra Mahesh who alleged that he (Vishwanath) had been sold for Rs 28 Crore to BJP. “I am also filing a defamation case against him,” he said.