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Karnataka political crisis LIVE: Trust vote today, govt teeters on edge

Karnataka political crisis LIVE: Trust vote today, govt teeters on edge

"However, it has been reported to me that the proceedings of the House today for vote of confidence has been stalled and consequently adjourned without reaching any finality". "We can surely expect chief minister, Kumaraswamy, to try to execute some ulterior plan but this time the past will not be repeated".

In his letter, Vala said, "That you were sworn in as the Chief Minister of State after receiving support from the Indian National Congress". He faced the SC-ordered trust vote and lost. "The Leader of Opposition seems to be in a hurry", Kumaraswamy taunted Yeddyurappa. "I've no role to play in that", he said during the debate on the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy earlier in the day. The day's proceedings started with Kumaraswamy moving a one-line motion, saying the House expressed confidence in the 14-month old ministry headed by him. A total of 20 lawmakers did not turn up Thursday, including 17 from the ruling coalition, as the House debated in a charged atmosphere with two adjournments amid pandemonium.

"If that happens, then a petition has to be filed with the speaker and then the speaker will decide if he has done any of these things", he added. BS Yeddyurappa seeking a discussion on the trust vote motion.

The 13 Congress rebels are R Ramalinga Reddy, R Roshan Bag, ST Soma Shekar, Byrati Basavaraj and Munirathna (all from Bengaluru Assembly segments), Pratapgouda Patil (Maski), Shivaram Heber (Yellapur), BC Patil (Hirekerur), Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), Mahesh Kumatahalli (Athani), Anand Singh (Vijayagara), K Sudhakar (Chikkaballapur) and MTB Nagaraj (Hoskote). The strength of the House of the Karnataka State Legislative Assembly stands at 224 (plus a nominated member) out of which INC has 79 members, JDS has 37 members, One member from KPJP Member from BSP and one independent candidate. The majority number would be 105, and the BJP has on its side 105 MLAs, plus the backing of two Independents. Karnataka Political Row: Supreme Court Rules "Speaker Can't Be Forced To Decide Within Time Frame", Says "MLAs Not Compelled To Participate In Trust Vote".

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With the Supreme Court deeming that the whip issued by the JD (S) and Congress parties to their MLAs not being operative, the rebel MLAs have nothing to worry as far as the trust vote is concerned.

Interestingly, during the proceedings, the Congress' chief troubleshooter was also seen speaking with BJP MLA B Sriramulu in the Assembly. Senior minister D K Shivakumar said they would produce documents to show that Patil was forcibly admitted to the hospital to skip the assembly session.

BJP members made their displeasure known several times over alleged delay in taking up the voting on the confidence motion, leading to adjournment of the House for half-an-hour.

Congress and BJP MLAs, who were sequestered in resorts in the city fearing poaching by the rival camps, were herded together and brought in buses just before the assembly session began.

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