Karnataka Trust Vote: Speaker says floor test will take place Monday

Bengaluru: Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has said that the floor test will take place today (Monday). The Speaker said both the Congress and BJP wanted the floor test to take place today.

Security has been beefed up around the Vidhana Soudha ahead of the floor test of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka. Sufficient security has been stationed at Vidhana Soudha and Raj Bhavan road.

Both the BJP and the Congress leaders concurrently held legislative party meetings in Bengaluru on Sunday.

Also, ahead of the trust vote, the BJP is scheduled to convene another parliamentary party meeting today. BJP MLAs, who are lodged at Ramada Hotel, Bengaluru, were spotted performing Yoga today.

In an attempt to persuade rebel MLAs, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday appealed them to attend the Assembly Session and explain how the BJP allegedly subverted democratic structure and “destroyed its sacredness”.

With Karnataka Assembly scheduled to take confidence motion on Monday, all eyes are now stuck on the proceedings of the day particularly in the backdrop of BJP alleging the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar of dragging his feet on the floor test.

On Friday, the Assembly failed to meet two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala to complete the trust vote. After that, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy moved to Supreme Court challenging the Governor’s directive to the government saying it was in violation of well-settled law laid down by the court.

On the other hand, two independent Karnataka MLAs on Sunday moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to conclude a floor test in the state Assembly on Monday before 5 pm.