Relief to HD Kumaraswamy: Karnataka Assembly adjourned for day, floor test not on Thursday

Bengaluru: In a twist of events, the Karnataka assembly has been adjourned for the day, which means there will be no trust vote today. 

The adjournment comes even as Governor Vajubhai Vala had asked Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to conduct the trust vote on Thursday itself. 

Vala’s statement to Speaker said, “Motion of confidence is in consideration at the House. The chief minister is expected to maintain confidence of the House at all times. Consider trust vote by the end of the day.” 

The Congress is reportedly against the direction, saying that there is no provision to allow the governor to direct a Speaker in this regard.

Reacting to the statement, Congress MLA HK Patil said that the governor should not interfere in House proceedings. 

Though Kumaraswamy moved the confidence motion at 11am and began speaking on it, Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah raised a point of order on the Supreme Court’s order that the 15 rebel members of the ruling allies were not compelled to attend the session and the party’s whip will not be applicable on them to defy it.

As Siddaramaiah took time to debate on the issue and other party members intervened to prolong it, ostensibly to delay the floor test, many restive BJP members protested the dilatory tactics of the ruling allies and urged the Speaker to hold the trust vote immediately, as it was getting late and the House will resume the session only on Monday with a 2-day weekend break.

With about 20 legislators, including 15 rebels, 2 Congress members Srimanth Patil and B. Nagendra, 2 Independents (R. Shankar and H. Nagesh) and 1 BSP (N. Mahesh) abstaining from the Assembly, the BJP members accused the ruling allies of deliberately delaying the floor test fearing imminent defeat in the absence of numbers or majority.

“The ruling members are afraid of the floor test as, 18 of their colleagues are not present in the House and hence scared of proving they have majority, as they have been boasting for long,” BJP leader and its former chief minister Jagadish Shettar told the Speaker.