Karnataka Floor Test: Governor asks CM HD Kumaraswamy to prove majority by Friday 1.30 PM

Bengaluru: The political crisis in Karnataka continued on Thursday as the trust vote against the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government could not be taken up by the state assembly which was adjourned till Friday following a blame game between the ruling Congress-JDS and BJP legislators.

As a mark of protest, the BJP MLAs decided to sit on an overnight dharna outside the Vidhana Soudha to protest the adjournment of the house despite Governor Vajubhai Vala’s letter to Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar urging him to hold the trust vote on Thursday itself.

The House was adjourned for the day and will gather again at 11 AM on Friday for the normal business. 

However, shortly after the Karnataka Assembly was adjourned on Thursday without a trial of strength, Governor Vajubhai Vala wrote a letter to Chief Minister Kumaraswamy asking him to prove majority on the floor of the House by Friday afternoon. Vala told Kumaraswamy to prove his government`s majority by 1.30 PM.

Karnataka Trust Vote

Earlier in the day, Karnataka Governor Vala wrote a letter to Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar asking him to consider the possibility of holding the vote of confidence against the coalition government today itself (Thursday). Minutes after the assembly session began, CM HD Kumaraswamy moved a one-line motion seeking a vote of confidence in his government from the House after Supreme Court (SC) pronounced its decision on rebel MLAs’ resignations.

Karnataka crisis

However, this was followed by an intense debate which saw the two sides accusing each other of horse-trading and conspiring to destabilise the Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka. During the debate, BJP-led opposition alleged that the coalition government was trying to prolong the debate in a last-ditch effort to shore up its numbers.