Drama in the Karnataka Assembly continued for a second day, hours after the Karnataka Governor asked Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to conduct a trust vote by 1.30 pm on Friday. Around 100 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators slept over in the Karnataka Assembly in protest on Thursday night. The BJP is protesting the delay in taking the floor test by Kumaraswamy. On Thursday, the CM had moved for a confidence motiion to prove that his Congress-JD(S) coalition government has a majority in the state.
The Governor's direction to the Chief Minister and the Speaker earlier on the trust vote was in response to a written representation to him by a delegation of BJP legislators that the House proceedings for a vote of confidence have been stalled and consequently adjourned without reaching any finality.
Currently, the ruling coalition has 102 legislators in its kitty. The BJP has 107 MLAs on its side including 105 MLAs and the two independents. The Supreme Courtâ€™s verdict on Wednesday stated that the rebel MLAs in Karnataka cannot be forced to follow a whip and appear for the trust vote had stacked the numbers heavily against the ruling coalition.
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