Amid the crisis in the JD(S)-Congress ruled Karnataka government, the trust vote in the Karnataka assembly is likely to happen on Monday, say sources. The Congress and JDS have pushed for a trust vote on Monday and Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar will take a call on the matter, the sources added.
As per sources, the Congress is likely to shift MLAs to a resort possibly by Friday evening. Congress will move its MLAs to Clarks Exotica Convention Resorts in Bengaluru, after the Assembly proceedings.
Meanwhile, Speaker Kumar denied getting any demand from the government for a trust vote. He said he would follow the process if a move for trust vote is made."It is my duty to follow the process. If they come I will take a look at it, if they don't I will go home and take some sleep. Seems like media knows more about the situation in this case," he said.
Earlier on Friday, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy said in the assembly that he was ready for a trust vote and as per sources, urged the Speaker to move for a trust vote. His comment came after Supreme Court ordered the Speaker to not make a decision before July 16 when it will decide on larger Constitutional issues with regards to the plea filed by the rebel MLAs over Kumar not accepting their resignations. The hearing in the Supreme Court on the plea by Karnataka rebel MLAs against the Assembly Speaker Kumar took place in the morning. The rebel MLAs had filed a plea saying that the Speaker did not accept their resignations.
As per sources, the BJP wants to wait until Tuesday till the Supreme Court decides on the case 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.