Governor’s deadline defied, no-trust debate continues in Assembly

Ignoring Governor Vajubhai Vala’s directive to conclude trust vote process by 1.30 today in the assembly, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy continuing the debate. Resuming his debate, he alleged that the BJP has been attempting to overthrow his government since day one.

“I’ll see how long you (BJP) will last here after all your theatrics you’ve put up to return to power,” the chief minister said.

As the 1.30 pm deadline to prove majority support of the House set by the state governor neared, an emotional CM said, “I’m not permanent here. I knew it was temporary, the day I took this seat. I appeal to the MLAs, do not cheat the people. This is God-given power and he will take it away when he wishes, says an emotional Kumaraswamy.”

Though CM H D Kumaraswamy yesterday had moved a confidence motion and insisted on a debate, BJP leader and former CM B S Yeddyurappa had appealed to the Speaker to complete the floor test proceedings in a day, but it was not to be.

Hitting out at BJP, Kumaraswamy said that legislators were offered Rs 40-50 crore to lure them; whose money is it, he asked. JD(S) MLA Srinivas Gowda alleged that he was offered Rs 5 crore bribe by the BJP to defect to bring down government.

Kumaraswamy asked why BJP was in hurry to end trust debate in one day if it was sure of its numbers. He also accused BJP of resorting to ways to circumvent the anti-defection law.

During the debate on trust vote in the Assembly, Kumaraswamy said, “Right from the time JD(S)-Congress government came to power, an “atmosphere” was created to remove it. I have not tried to misuse power. After 14 months, ‘we have come to the final stage’.”

“I’m still asking God why he made me chief minister at such a time under such circumstances. This is all about fate. I’ll see how long you (BJP) will last here after this effort you’ve put into coming to power,” CM Kumaraswamy said, targeting BJP in his speech before trust vote.

“I had got an offer from somebody, and I was approached by Congress leaders. I didn’t go to them. If I wanted to hold on to the chair I’d have done so long ago. I have said many times that I’m a child of fortune. This seat isn’t important, but the future generations… Did our freedom fighters give us democracy to allow such activities?” CM Kumaraswamy said in the Assembly, with just one and half hour to go for the trust vote.

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