Bengaluru, July 23, 2019: It seems that the ongoing political drama in Karnataka would end on Tuesday as Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Monday said that the Assembly will meet again at 10 AM on Tuesday and trust vote should end before 6 PM. It is to be noted that members of the ruling Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) had urged the Speaker to grant some more time to complete trust vote.
The Congress-JDS and the BJP leaders continued to trade charges in Karnataka Assembly on Monday forcing Speaker Kumar to adjourn the House till Tuesday without trust vote taking place.
Members of the government reiterated horse-trading allegations against the BJP, accusing the opposition party of using the office of Governor for the purpose. CM Kumaraswamy even claimed that a fake resignation letter had been sent to the Governor with his forged signature. Speaker Ramesh Kumar, also, has summoned rebel MLAs for a hearing on Tuesday, a day that could once again see the possibility of a trust vote taking place.
Hitting out at the government, Jagdhish Shettar of the BJP says the ruling coalition is taking trust vote lightly. "Look at how lightly the coalition is taking this. They assured us that it will be done today but they haven’t even come. Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy sits in his chamber and clears files instead of sitting for discussions. They don’t have the mindset to prove their majority, they want to drag this. The people are disgusted with this. We cannot wait for people who are holed up in Mumbai."
Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs attend the Assembly in full number while many members of the Congress-JDS ruling alliance remain absent. Shivalinge Gowda seeks 30-minute time from Speaker, says everyone will be in by then.
They don’t have the numbers. They’re a minority government. MLAs are in Mumbai. They don’t want to come. Let’s see what happens by this evening. (We are) confident that this government will definitely go. This isn’t a people’s government. People are upset, MLAs are upset, says Shobha Karandlaje of BJP.
Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar arrives at Vidhana Soudha. HD Kumaraswamy government will face floor test in the Assembly today.