Drama in the Karnataka Assembly has been put on hold till Monday, with the Assembly being adjourned by the Speaker after failing to meet the governor's deadline at 6 PM on Friday.
Following the postponement of the floor test, BJP Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa, on Friday has said that the current coalition JD(S)-Congress government has time till Monday to prove its majority saying that BJP had the numbers while Kumarswamy did not.
Meanwhile in the morning after resuming debate on the floor, the Governor had shot off a missive to the Chief Minister to prove his majority by 1:30 pm, which was countered by the Speaker by saying that the trust vote will be conducted through a voice vote after the discussion ends adjourning the assembly on Friday until 3:00 pm. This was followed by another directive from the Governor that the confidence vote business should be completed by 6 pm.
Intervening in the debate, Kumaraswamy virtually ruled out proving his majority in the Assembly by the second deadline set by the Governor, when he sought protection from the Assembly Speaker in the matter. He said the "second love letter" sent by Vala asking him to prove majority in the Assembly before 6 pm today hurt him and asked him whether he came to know of horse-trading only now.
Following which he has approached the Supreme Court challenging the Governor's letter which set a 1:30 PM deadline to prove his government's majority.
Pushing for a Monday vote, Congress leader Siddaramaiah said, "There are 20 members who want to participate in the discussion. Since it is incomplete I don't think it will be completed today. The discussion will continue till Monday. It is for the Speaker to take the decision."
Previously, on July 18, amid the ongoing Floor Test debate in the Karnataka Assembly, Governor Vajubhai Vala had written to the Speaker asking the JD(S)-Congress government to prove majority on the floor of the assembly (vote of confidence) by 1:30 PM on Friday.
While BJP had welcomed the governor's suggestion, Karnataka Congress MLA HK Patil said that Governor should not interfere in the proceedings of the session as per the constitution.
After the Karnataka Assembly trust vote debate was postponed by the Speaker to Friday 11 AM, BJP MLAs had stayed back inside the state Assembly performing an overnight 'dharna' demanding that the Speaker replies to the Governor's letter, demanding a floor test.
The 14-months old Congress-JD(S) coalition government is on the verge of collapse with numbers favouring BJP as of Friday.