Karnataka’s ruling coalition must not delay a trust vote anymore, the assembly Speaker said on Monday, amid allegations that the Congress-Janata Dal Secular alliance was buying time with lengthy speeches after losing its majority.
Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar also summoned rebel lawmakers who have endangered the survival of the government tomorrow following the coalition’s request that they be disqualified.
No trust vote was held last week despite two deadlines on Friday set by Governor Vajubhai Vala.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday said he was “not trying to cling onto power”. “My only intention of seeking time for debate on trust vote is to let the entire country know how the BJP, which talks of morality, is trying to subvert the very principles of democracy as well as constitution,” he said in a statement.
The ruling coalition had 118 members in the 224-member assembly. If the resignations of the 15 legislators who approached the Supreme Court are accepted, the government will be left with 101 members. With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 legislators, which is two more than the majority mark of 105