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Karnataka Trust Vote: Congress Demands Postponing, BJP Adamant On Vote, Speaker Says 'several Diabetic MLAs Need To Eat Dinner'

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Published:

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  • As chaos descends in the Vidhan Soudha in the trust vote, Congress has demanded that the session should be adjourned till Tuesday while BJP demands immediate vote
  • Responding to both parties' claims, Speaker Ramesh Kumar has said that there are many diabetics in the house who need to eat, citing canteen will be soon closed
  • Earlier in the evening, the Karnataka CM brandished a letter that was clearly caught by cameras declaring his resignation from his post, which he confirmed as fake

As chaos descends in the Vidhan Soudha in the ever-delaying trust vote, Congress on Monday has demanded that the session should be adjourned till Tuesday, as per sources. Meanwhile, Opposition BJP, which has favourable numbers, has said it is ready to wait till 1 AM insisting that the trust vote should happen on Monday itself.

Responding to both parties' claims, Speaker Ramesh Kumar has said that there are many diabetics in the house who need to eat, adding that the House canteen will soon be closed, as per sources.

Meanwhile, as per reports, Congress' women MLAs have claimed that their families were waiting for them adding that many MLAs were diabetic in a bid to block trust vote. In response, women MLAs in BJP have reportedly told them to finish the vote in 5 minutes and then leave.

Earlier in the evening, the Karnataka CM brandished a letter that was clearly caught by cameras declaring his resignation from the Chief Ministerial position on the ground of 'personal reasons'. Kumaraswamy has, however, confirmed that the letter is fake.

Karnataka Crisis | Read The Signed Kumaraswamy Resignation Letter Doing The Rounds; He Says It's Fake

Here is the 'fake' resignation letter:

Rebels, Speaker and SC on the coalition collapse: 

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the independent MLAs plea stating the breakdown of Constitution and democracy in Karnataka - where a CM despite not having a majority in the house is stalling a trust vote by dubious tactics. 

In response, the Speaker has filed a response to Supreme Court in an affidavit saying he has summoned all 16 rebels to appear by 11 AM in front of him and if they fail to do so, he will disqualify them.

MLAs huddle ahead of trust vote, BSP intervenes

Previously on Sunday, both Congress and BJP held legislature party meetings at 5-star hotels in Bengaluru ahead of the looming trust vote. Meanwhile, BSP Supremo Mayawati had directed Karnataka BSP MLA N Mahesh to vote in favour of the state CM H D Kumaraswamy's government. Incidentally, Mahesh was among the 20 members who had missed the Karnataka Assembly session on Thursday and Friday apart from the 15 rebels MLAs, two independent MLAs, and Congress MLAs Srimant Patil and B Nagendra.

While the rebel MLAs are still camped in Mumbai, the trust vote which has been pushed through the week will mostly lead to the 14-months old Congress-JD(S) coalition government to the verge of collapse with numbers favouring BJP as of Monday.

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Numbers if it comes down to a vote: 

  • BJP: 107 (With 2 independents) 
  • Congress-JD(S): 100 - including Ramalinga Reddy Speaker: 1
  • BSP - 1
  • Rebels: 15 
  • Halfway: 104
     
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