K’taka crisis: Speaker defies Guv’s deadline, Cong moves SC

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(Online Desk)

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday resumed the debate on the confidence motion alleging that the BJP has been attempting to overthrow his government since day one.

“I’ll see how long you (BJP) will last here after all your theatrics you’ve put up to return to power,” the chief minister said.

As the 1.30 pm deadline to prove majority support of the House set by the state governor neared, an emotional CM said, “I’m not permanent here. I knew it was temporary, the day I took this seat. I appeal to the MLAs, do not cheat the people. This is God-given power and he will take it away when he wishes, says an emotional Kumaraswamy.”

Governor Vajubhai Vala’s written direction comes a day after the House saw a high-octane drama on Thursday.

Though CM H D Kumaraswamy yesterday had moved a confidence motion and insisted on a debate, BJP leader and former CM B S Yeddyurappa had appealed to the Speaker to complete the floor test proceedings in a day, but it was not to be.

The BJP also went on to hold an overnight dharna inside the House until the trust vote is carried out.

The trust vote has come in the wake of a resignation spree by rebel MLAs from the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition government since July 6.

As many as 16 MLAs — 13 from the Congress and three from the JDS — have resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government, giving the Kumaraswamy-led government the jitters.

This is the third motion on a trust vote in the Assembly after the fractured mandate in the 2018 elections.

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