Karnataka Governor sets 1.30 pm deadline for trust vote

The ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka will have to prove majority on the floor of the assembly today by 1:30pm as per Governor’s direction that came after high drama in the House last evening.

The trust vote is necessitated by mass resignation of 16 legislators earlier this month that plunged the HD Kumaraswamy-led government into deep turmoil and it has been lurching from one crisis to another since then.

Governor Vajubhai Vala had sent a letter, his second on the trust vote, to Kumaraswamy last evening setting a 1.30 pm deadline, today,  to prove his government’s majority in the assembly.

“The fact that 15 members have met me and tendered their resignations and coupled with 2 members have withdrawn their support and other attendant circumstances do prima facie indicate that you have lost majority/confidence of the House,” Governor Vajubhai Vala wrote in the letter.

Vala wrote the letter after the state assembly, following a day of chaotic proceedings and sloganeering, was adjourned until Friday without voting on the motion of confidence introduced by HD Kumaraswamy.

A total of 20 MLAs hadn’t turned up yesterday, including 17 from the ruling coalition, 12 of whom are corralled in a hotel in Mumbai, as the House debated in a surcharged atmosphere with several adjournments amid pandemonium.

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