Three days after he was sworn-in as the Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa of Karnataka, today, he won the crucial trust vote. He has successfully proved majority in the House.
After the disqualification of 17 rebels (14 on Sunday and 3 last week) by Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, the strength of the House is reduced to 208 (including the Speaker). The magic figure required for a majority is 104.
BJP, along with the support of one Independent MLA, has 106 seats – which placed Yediyurappa on safe ground. On the eve of the trust vote, the Lingayat strongman said that he will “100 per cent prove majority”.
The 14-month-old Congress-JDS coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy collapsed on Tuesday after losing the vote of confidence in the assembly in a climax to a three-week-long intense power struggle.
Yediyurappa was sworn in as the Karnataka chief minister for the fourth time on Friday, days after HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) coalition government collapsed after losing the trust vote in the House.
Despite Siddaramaiah’s objections that this was not the ideal time and request that the supplementary budget be taken up for discussion in a separate session, the budget was unanimously passed by the House.