Karnataka Assembly Speaker announces trust vote on Monday

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar speaks during an Assembly session at Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru, Friday, July 19, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Bengaluru: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar speaks during an Assembly session at Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru, Friday, July 19, 2019. (PTI Photo)

As the assembly failed to take up the voting on the confidence motion to decide the fate of the 14-month-old government, due to the resignation of 15 MLAs of the ruling coalition a fortnight ago is set to spill over to next week with Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar adjourning the House till Monday.

All eyes were now on Governor Vajubhai Vala on his next course of action.

Before adjourning the house towards the fag end of the day, the Speaker made it clear that finality would be put to the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday and the matter would not be prolonged further under any circumstances, to which the government agreed.

Kumaraswamy and the Congress moved the Supreme Court accusing the governor of interfering with the Assembly proceedings when the debate on the trust vote was underway and sought clarification on its July 17 order causing hindrance in issuing whip to the legislators.

The court had held that the MLAs cannot be compelled to participate in the Assembly proceedings.

Kumaraswamy told the apex court that the governor cannot dictate the House on the manner in which the debate of confidence motion has to take place

In his second missive to Kumaraswamy, the governor expressed his “prima facie satisfaction” that the government has lost its majority confidence of the house.

The ruling combine’s strength is 117– Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides the Speaker.

With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House, including the nominated MLA and Speaker.

If the resignations of 15 MLAs (12 from Congress and 3 from JDS) are accepted or if they stay away, the ruling coalition’s tally will plummet to 101, (excluding the Speaker) reducing the government to a minority.

(PTI)