CM Kumaraswamy agrees to seek trust vote on Thursday


(Online Desk)

The climax for the current political crisis in Karnataka is nearing with Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy all set to seek a trust vote on Thursday. After consultations with leader of opposition BS Yeddyurappa, Karnataka assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar zeroed in on Thursday as D-day for Kumaraswamy to move a motion of confidence to prove his majority in the floor of the house.

On Friday, the first day of the state’s monsoon session, chief minister Kumaraswamy had sought to move for a confidence motion given the uncertainty being expressed about his government and a spree of resignations by Congress-JDS MLAs.

In a business advisory committee meeting held on Monday afternoon, the date for a floor test was decided upon. With petitions filed by rebel MLAs pending before the Supreme Court coming up for hearing on Tuesday, the floor test will be held on Thursday.

Kumaraswamy will move the motion of confidence at 11 AM on July 18. After debate on the same, the Speaker will call for a floor test to gauge the support the coalition has.

As of now, with 18 MLAs having submitted their resignations, the coalition numbers stand at 101 while the BJP has the support of 107 MLAs. Kumaraswamy will have to prove majority in the house based on the number of MLAs who are present on the day of trust vote inside the house.