Mayawati, on Tuesday night, expelled its lone party MLA in Karnataka hours after Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy lost the trust vote in the state assembly
The BJP, having finally succeeded with its Operation Lotus in the Karnataka Assembly – the means for this victory being inconsequential now – is bound to make strident efforts to topple the Kamal Nath and Ashok Gehlot regimes in M.P and Rajasthan now.
Moments before the floor test, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy had claimed that he was ready to face the motion and would 'happily sacrifice this position'.
Amid the political turmoil, police imposed prohibitory orders in the city under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and banned sale of liquor from 6 pm Tuesday to 6 am on Thursday.
'I am ready to happily sacrifice this position,' Kumaraswamy said after the assembly debated the confidence motion for four days.
Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy lost the confidence motion in the Assembly with 99 votes caste in its favour and 105 against it.
The BJP said Kumaraswamy himself moved the confidence motion but the trust process was still prolonging.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, 'Impossible. We have never done this before. Tomorrow we may see to it.'
This Friday will mark a good day for the BJP in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa said adding 'I'm confident that with God's grace, everything will be good.'
Karnataka governor set a timeline and asked Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to prove his majority before 1.30 pm Friday.
The legislators have decided to go back to resort or their rooms in the adjacent Legislature Home on early Friday and return to the Assembly for the session from 11 a.m. to resume the inconclusive debate on the motion.
The Governor also brought to the chief minister's attention that he had already directed the Speaker to hold the floor test by the end of the day (Thursday) under Article 175(2) of the Constitution.
Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah told the Speaker that if the motion is taken up, it will violate constitutional provisions.
As directed by the apex court, Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar said, he would not force the rebel legislators to attend the Assembly session on Thursday.
The Congress said the Supreme Court order on the Karnataka political crisis nullifying the whip sets a 'terrible judicial precedent'.
Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for Kumar, submitted before the court that nobody was saying that Speakers are not fallible but he cannot be asked to decide the matter in a time-bound manner.
According to the sources, Congress MLA M T B Nagaraj had hinted that he might consider withdrawing his resignation but he fell short of making any final announcement.
The BJP too upped the ante demanding that Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy seek a trust vote on Monday, a day prior to the Supreme Court hearing on a similar petition of 10 other rebel MLAs of Congress-JD (S) who have resigned.
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