Bengaluru, July 13: A day after Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy opened his mind for a trust vote, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa on Saturday indicated that he was up for the challenge too.
" We will wait until Monday. We are ready to face the No Confidence Motion on Monday," news agency ANI quoted Yeddyurappa as saying. The stage for floor test was set after the resignation of 18 legislators from the Congress-Janata Dal Secular (JDS) alliance.
The Chief Minister, however, on Friday made it clear that he had no intention of clinging on to his position. Congress leader Siddaramaiah, for his part, expressed confidence of the ruling coalition surviving the floor test
Meanwhile, preparations for the test of strength are going on at full swing. While the rebel legislators are staying at a five-star hotel in Mumbai to prevent Congress-JDS leaders from coercing them back into the fold, the Congress and the JDS have moved the rest of their lawmakers to separate resorts in the state to discourage further defections.
However, none of the resignations have been accepted by Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar until now. The Supreme Court has ruled against any decision on the matter until July 16.
Meanwhile, five more rebel lawmakers including senior Congress leader Roshan Baig approached the Supreme Court against the Speaker on Saturday. If the resignations are accepted, the coalition's 118 members will come down to 100 and the majority mark will drop from 113 to 105. The BJP has 105 members and the support of the two Independents, which takes its tally in the state assembly to 107.