Bengaluru: In a shock to the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government in Karnataka, Governor Vajubhai Vala has directed Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to prove his majority by 1.30 p.m. on the floor of the Assembly on Friday.
With the rebel MLAs resolute in their stand that they will not attend the session, the fall of the 13-month-old government appears imminent.
The Governor’s direction came after the House adjourned earlier on Thursday amid a heated debate without a vote on the confidence motion moved by the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, the Congress and the JD(S) members took exception to Governor Vajubhai R. Vala’s message to Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar and to the House to complete the process on trust motion moved by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday itself.
Here are the latest updates:
JD (S) MLA Srinivas Gowda alleges horse-trading by BJP leaders
Mr. Srinivas Gowda makes a statement: “Malleswaram MLA Ashwath Narayan, Yelahanka MLA S R Vishwanath and former MLA Yogeeshwara gave me ₹5 crore. I refused and said am not such a person. Now they are asking me offering me ₹30 crore. It is true that they gave me money. If they say it’s false, I will prove it,” All three three named are BJP leaders.
Reacting to this, Krishna Byre Gowda demands an inquiry into this allegation. Following this, the Speaker said he wanted all this allegations to go on record. “Let people of Karnataka know what politics has come to,” he says.
Let everything go on record: Speaker
Speaker Ramesh Kumar takes objection to the Opposition casting aspersions on him. “You live like this which they are exposing. But why drag us who live with dignity”, he asks. “I will give full time. Let everything come out so that people take note”, he says.
Pandemonium in House
When Mr. Kumaraswamy said some MLAs were offered money, Kolar JDS MLA Srinivas Gowda raised to say that he was offered Rs. 5 crore, which he returned. Minister Krishna Byregowda asks if in this season of drought money is pouring from the sky. This leads to pandemonium in House.
‘Vajpayee took 10 days to debate’
Former Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee took 10 days to debate before moving a confidence vote in 1999. “Why such a hurry now?. Why not allow a discussion? Why the hurry to go through vote without a debate?. Can you keep rebels under guard forever in the hotel in Mumbai, guarded by bouncers?, CM asks the Opposition BJP. “Dont hurry through the debate because it needs to be recorded for history. So let us not hurry. Let there be a fair debate about how systematically you (BJP) are killing democracy in this country,”, he says.
CM congratulates Speaker
Mr. Kumaraswamy praises Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar for conduct of the House. “Now BJP objects to even a debate on the motion. But in 2010 when there was a similar crisis police were inside the Assembly. Was it even allowed? In comparison I commend you (Speaker) for the way you have conducted the house”, he says.
‘Why mock Revanna’s temple visits’
CM attacks the BJP for criticising his brother H.D. Revanna carrying a lemon. “You talk of Hindutva and attack people who go to temples”. “They have often alleged tha tRevanna indulges in black magic. Yes, we believe in God. But I can tell standing before any God that my family doesn’t practice black magic. A government can’t be saved by black magic,” he says.
Chief Ministers come and go, but MLAs have to answer people who voted them to power, he says. “You can betray me, but not the people of your constituencies,”, he says.
‘What is the hurry?’
Mr. Kumaraswamy continues: “Yeddyurappa says there need not be any debate. Put it to vote. But someday when the history of the state is written it has to go on record. I haven’t misused power”, he says.
What is the hurry to come to power, he asks the Opposition. “I will not hang on to power, by begging for power”, he says. CM recalls the 2009 episode when 57 MLAs from BJP went to a resort and the government was tottering. The then CM had requested them to save him apologising. “I am in his position today. But I will not request anyone,” he says. “The BJP may have won 303 seats today. But I would like to remember BJP, how Rajiv Gandhi won a mandate of more than 400 seats. And what happened to the party. Let them not assume it’s permanent,”, he says. “I am not anxious about losing power. I was ready to step down from the day I occupied this chair”, he says. Mr. Kumaraswamy also he would see how stable the BJP government be would after all this exercise.
‘Attempt to destabilise the govt from the day 1’
“When Yeddyurappa became CM in 2008 with the support of 5 independent MLAs in two months the independents came to me asking me to topple the government. But I did not encourage them”, Mr. Kumaraswamy says. There has been an effort to destabilise the govt from the day it was formed, he said. “It is immaterial who is in position of power, but there is a need to set right this political mockery. It was BJP which started a new chapter getting MLAs from opposition to resign. 17-18 MLAs resigned”, he says.
Kumaraswamy begins to speak
After the Speaker’s remarks, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy begins to speak. All eyes are on him. Whether he will move the apex court on the issue today remains to be seen. Mr. Kumaraswamy recalls how he became Chief Minister in 2006 in coalition with the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Assembly session begins
Speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar says he was upset with the Opposition MLAs who have cast aspersions on his character. Speaker says he has reserved his order on the point of order raised by CLP leader Siddaramaiah. “Advocate general has given a written opinion on the matter a few minutes back. Am yet to read the full opinion,”, he says.
Kumaraswamy will make his farewell speech on Friday: Yeddyurappa
State BJP chief B.S.Yeddyurappa predicts the end of the coalition government and says his party will decide on the future course of action after consulting the national leadership.
“Mostly today will be the end of Congress-JDS government’s misrule… the Chief Minister will make his farewell speech today, we will patiently hear it,” Mr. Yeddyurappa told reporters here.
“Depending on the outcome of the proceedings in the House today, we will discuss with our national president Amit Shah and decide on the future course of action,” he adds.
This Friday will mark a good day for the BJP in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa said adding “I’m confident that with God’s grace, everything will be good,” he says.
JD (S), Cong. question Governor’s move
The Congress and the JD(S) members took exception to Governor Vajubhai R. Vala’s message to Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar and to the House to complete the process on trust motion moved by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Thursday itself.
(With inputs from Karnataka buraeu, agencies)
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