Amidst the on-going political crisis in Karnataka, former Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP MLA R Ashoka on Thursday said that the party won’t push for a trust vote in the Assembly as the Monsoon session begins on Friday. “Tomorrow we will expose how this government does not have the majority. The CM is accusing the media of spreading fake news. So tomorrow, the media and the CM will know the truth,” he told reporters outside the state Assembly.
Stating that the BJP will neither push for forming a government nor a trust vote, Ashoka said, “We will protest in the Assembly because the government is dead. The development in the state has been crippled. We are reeling from drought and the government has not done anything to tackle it. We have watched the trailer. Now we will watch the film.”
This comes soon after the Karnataka Cabinet met and announced that they will table a Finance Bill in the Assembly on Friday.
Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Krishna Byre Gowda, who is the Rural Development Minister, said, “We will table the Finance Bill tomorrow (Friday). The whip will be issued on Thursday. The Opposition has every right to ask for counting of votes for the Finance Bill. Let them do it. If the Opposition wants, they can move a no-confidence motion as well. We will prove the majority.”
He added, “If the Finance bill is not passed, then it will automatically mean that the government does not have the majority.”
Meanwhile, with the Supreme Court refusing to give an urgent hearing to Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s plea, he is expected to decide the resignation of the 15 MLAs of the ruling coalition by the end of Thursday. The Speaker had filed a petition on Thursday to seek more time and vacate the SC order directing him to decide on resignations of 10 rebel MLAs forthwith.