Bengaluru, Jul 18 : Notwithstanding the resignations of 16 rebel Congress and the JD(S) MLAs to their membership, the 14-month-old JD(S) and the Congress coalition government will go for a floor test here on Thursday.
According to the agenda of the Karnataka Assembly, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will move a 'confidence motion' immediately after the house sit on today.
With the ruling combination, was reduced its strength to 101 following the resignation of the rebel MLAs, Chief Minister has fallen short of as many as 12 MLAs to bail out his government in the 225-member Karnataka assembly.
The Congress and the JD(S) leaders, in their bid to win back the rebel MLAs had so far succeeded in pursuing Ramalinga Reddy, and anxiously looking back to see that four of the rebel MLAs, who are very close to Reddy would also follow suit.
The lone member belonging to the BSP, who had sought a separate seat in the assembly, Mahesh, is yet to take any decision whether to support the government or remain neutral. "I am waiting for the directions from our party supreme Mayawati" the BSP member said.
Two Independent MLAs, who are also ministers in the Kumaraswamy government had also rebelled and extended their support to the BJP. Former chief minister and the Opposition leader in the Karnataka Assembly, B S Yeddyurappa, had held a series of meeting with his party MLAs, stayed at a resort and worked out strategies to defeat the confidence motion in the House.
The BJP which has a strength of 105 in the house had secured the support of two Independent MLAs, and prima facie it appears that the Saffron party is all set to form the government if confidence motion was defeated. Elaborate security arrangements had been made to ensure the smooth conduct of the house. UNI