Bengaluru, Jul 18: On the backdrop of resignation of as many as 15 MLAs belonging to both the Congress and the JD(S) that threatened the majority of the Coalition government in Karnataka, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today moved a confidence motion in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday.
Chief Minister, speaking after moving the confidence motion, said that the House needs to discuss, at length, the issues raised by the rebel MLAs, in their petition submitted to the Supreme Court. Stating that the rebel MLAs in their petition have claimed that there is no stability in the Karnataka Government, besides hurling accusations that government was tainted with several scams, the Chief Minister said that MLAs had raised several other fundamental issues, which needs to be debated.
Referring to the Supreme Court's order on the MLAs petition, he said that the verdict had also curtailed rights of the political parties and also the members of the House under the 10th Schedule of the Anti-defection law. At this juncture, former Chief Minister and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah raised a point of order and sought clarification from the Chair over the rights which according to him infringed by the Supreme Court's order. Stating that as a CLP leader he has rights to issue Whip to the party MLAs, to attend the Session and participate in the debate, he said that "With the Supreme Court's order my rights had been curtailed".
However the BJP members, including Opposition leader B S Yeddyurappa and others had strongly objected to Siddaramaiah's contention and said that he is trying to divert the issue from the house and appealed the Chairman not to entertain. Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, however, rejected the BJP members objection and said that the House has every right to speak on issues related to the rights of the House as well as that of its members, before adjourning the House for lunch. (UNI)