Bengaluru, July 19, 2019: With no sign of trust vote in sight, high drama plagued the Karnataka Assembly on Friday — the day of floor test. The Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was directed by Governor Vajubhai Vala to prove his coalition government’s majority by 1:30 pm on Friday, which ended without the voting being conducted.
CM, Kumaraswamy has moved the Supreme Court to seek clarification on the order that rebel MLAs can’t be compelled to attend Assembly proceedings. In his plea, Kumaraswamy said that he cannot act on governor’s direction to complete trust vote process before 1:30 pm on Friday.
Fresh deadline of 6 pm issued to Cong-JD(S) for proving majority
Governor Vajubhai Vala has issued a fresh deadline again to the ruling coalition of Congress and JD(S) asking them to prove majority by today 6 pm. The deadline has been issued via a letter to CM HD Kumaraswamy which reads, “When the allegations of horse-trading are widely made and I am receiving many such complaints, it is constitutionally imperative that the Floor Test be completed without any delay and today itself.”
Even as the ruling coalition stared at a deadline for vote trust at 1:30 pm, the speaker postponed the voting for floor test, directing the debate to continue. “According to our rules there is no opportunity to go for division without discussion. I know you are in a hurry but that is not possible. It is up to the chief minister to respond to the letter Governor wrote to him,” Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said.
"No such direction on trust vote could have been issued by Governor Vajubhai Valla when confidence motion was already initiated. Governor cannot dictate the House on the manner in which debate of confidence motion has to take place. The directions of governor are completely contrary and ex-facie in contravention of apex court’s earlier verdict," he said in the plea.
Kumaswamy urged Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to protect him from the governor’s letter which has directed him to prove his majority by 6 pm. "I leave the decision on the floor test to you (the Speaker). It won’t be directed by Delhi. I request you to protect me from the letter sent by the governor," Kumaraswamy said.
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