BJP wants floor test in Karnataka on Monday itself

BJP wants floor test in Karnataka on Monday itself

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Bengaluru, Jul 14 : Even though JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka has expressed its desire to hold a floor test on a date decided by assembly speaker, the opposition BJP insisting to hold it on Monday itself.

Opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa said on Sunday that the party will not allow any subject to be taken up in the assembly until the HD Kumaraswamy government seeks a floor test.

State Chief Minister on the opening day of the 11-day Monsoon session of the Karnataka Assembly on Bengaluru on Friday had said that he was willing to hold a confidence vote on the floor of the House and requested the Speaker to decide a date for the same in the coming week.

The state government is facing severe dissident activities as more than a dozen Congress-JD(S) MLAs resigned leaving the Kumaraswamy government on the verge of collapse.

As many as 15 Congress MLA have moved to Supreme Court against Speaker for not accepting their resignation.

One of the rebel Congress MLAs MTB Nagaraj has however, said that he was willing to withdraw his resignation and continue in the party.

Meanwhile, Karnataka BJP President Yeddyurappa said the survival of the coalition government was ‘thin’ and it would collapse on Monday.

‘’We will be pressing for a vote of confidence on Monday with the Speaker Ramesh Kumar. This government will lose its confidence vote as the people of the State and the Legislators have lost confidence in this government,’’ Yeddyurappa told reporters at the Resort where the 105 BJP MLAs are staying.

Congress leader DK Shivakumar said if rebel MLAs vote against the government they would be disqualified. The Speaker doesn't have the right to disqualify anybody because of the Supreme Court's decision. Asserting that the coalition government in Karnataka has lost majority, the state BJP on Sunday demanded Kumaraswamy to immediately resign or seek a trust vote on Monday itself.

Kumaraswamy has to seek trust vote on Monday itself as it appears he has no support of his own MLAs, Yeddyurappa added.

Congress leader Shivakumar on Sunday said that his party is willing to settle the demands of the rebel MLAs and hoped they will support the coalition government. "The Congress party is ready to settle their demands. We are getting signals that they will save our government".(Eds: Pick up suitably from earlier series).