Amid at least 16 MLAs from the Congress-JD(S) coalition government resigning, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy has said that he ready to take a trust vote and has urged Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to fix a time for the same.
The CM exuded confidence in the Vidhan Soudha on Friday and said, "After all these developments, I am seeking your permission & time to prove the majority in this session." He also said that BJP is well within its right to move the no-confidence motion against him. There have been calls for CM Kumaraswamy's resignation since the MLAs from the coalition began the quitting en masse.
As per sources, the BJP wants to wait until Tuesday till the Supreme Court decides on the case filed by the rebel MLAs against Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar for not accepting their resignations before moving on the no-confidence motion. This is since, as per the law, a no-confidence motion can be moved only every six months. The BJP does not want to take a chance in case the government sails through the motion as it would have to wait for another six months for the trust vote. The BJP, as per sources, wants to be sure if they have the numbers.
Meanwhile, the rebel MLAs are waiting for assembly Speaker Kumar's decision on their resignations. The Speaker has opposed the Supreme Court order where it gave him a deadline to decide on the rebel MLAs resignation.
In the Supreme Court on Friday, the Karnataka chief minister's alleged in the Supreme Court on Friday that the top court's order on the resignations of the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs was passed without issuing a notice to the state Assembly speaker. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for Kumaraswamy, told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the pleas of the MLAs should not have been entertained. He further said the MLAs, in their plea, had levelled corruption allegations against the state government and still the order concerned was passed without hearing him. Dhavan also told the bench that one of the rebel MLAs was involved in a Ponzy scheme for which "we (state government) are being accused of". He said the Speaker had the responsibility to satisfy himself as regards whether the resignations were voluntary.
(With PTI inputs)