Karnataka political crisis: BJP issues notice to Speaker, seeks to move no-confidence motion against Kumaraswamy

  • The BJP in Karnataka Monday sought to move a no-confidence motion against the Congress-JDS government

  • As many as 16 MLAs have resigned from the Assembly while two independent MLAs S Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy

  • The MLAs have not turned up for the assembly proceedings, which began last Friday

Bengaluru: The BJP in Karnataka Monday sought to move a no-confidence motion against the Congress-JD(S) government, which is battling for survival after 16 lawmakers of the ruling coalition resigned from the assembly.

 Karnataka political crisis: BJP issues notice to Speaker, seeks to move no-confidence motion against Kumaraswamy

File image of HD Kumaraswamy. PTI

The BJP has issued a notice to Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar during the business advisory committee meeting attended by party leader BS Yeddyurappa seeking to move the no-confidence motion, party state general secretary CT Ravi told PTI. "Yes, we have given a notice to move a no-confidence motion," he said.

As many as 16 MLAs — 13 from the Congress and three from JD(S) — have resigned from the Assembly while two independent MLAs S Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government headed by HD Kumaraswamy.

The disgruntled MLAs, who have turned against the government, are camping in Mumbai. The Speaker is yet to accept their resignations as the matter is pending before the Supreme Court which will hear the case again on Tuesday.

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The MLAs have not turned up for the assembly proceedings, which began last Friday. With enmasse resignations, the government has been pushed to the brink of collapse.

In a surprise move amid the existential crisis faced by his government, Kumaraswamy had also on Friday announced he would seek a trust vote to end the 'confusion' caused by resignations of rebel MLAs while asserting he was "ready for everything".

The ruling coalition's total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker. With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113.

If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition's tally will be reduced to 100.

Updated Date: Jul 15, 2019 15:20:17 IST