With Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy likely to face a floor test, the political instability, which the state has been facing since July 6, is expected to conclude on Monday.
This will come after two days of hectic parleys between the ruling coalition and the BJP over the last two days in the state Assembly with party MLAs throwing barbs at each other. All efforts of the Congress top brass to make the rebels return to party fold has failed. 15 MLAs of the Cong-JD(S) coalition government have tendered their resignation. They had approached the Supreme Court which had issued an interim order on July 17 giving them liberty not to attend the trust vote proceedings.
The developments until Monday morning indicate a clear advantage for the BJP with 105 MLAs of their own and the support of two independents.
Missives by the Governor to hold the floor test within two separate deadlines on Friday have also been ignored by the Chief Minister, with the ruling coalition seeking full-fledged discussions on the developments.
The 15 rebel MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) have been camping in Maharashtra, including Srimant Patil, who fled from a resort in the city on July 17. With Ballari Rural MLA B Nagendra likely to appear for Monday‚Äôs session, the combine will have the support of 101 MLAs, including the Speaker.
The halfway mark of the 224-member House is 112 with the magic number being 113. However, with the rebel MLAs set to miss the trust vote, the halfway mark will come down to 104.
There will be developments at the Supreme Court as well, with both the Congress and Chief Minister Kumaraswamy approaching the court seeking clarity over its interim order on the issue of party whip for the rebels.
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