As the Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy rejected two ultimatums of Governor to conduct trust vote on Friday, all eyes are now on the Governor’s possible moves.
Experts point out various options before the governor. Pointing out the constitutional crisis in the state, the Governor can invite Yeddyurappa to form the government and let him to prove his majority in the house. The second option is to invoke President’s rule to take over the governance and give parties six months to form a new government. And the third option is to dissolve the assembly and call fresh elections. The fourth one is to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on rebel MLAs. Other one more option is to all HD Kumaraswamy Government to extend deadline to conduct trust vote.
While the Governor’s first letter to the Chief Minister sent on Thursday had set 1.30 p.m. on Friday as the deadline to prove his majority, the strongly-worded second one gave him time till the end of the day. The Governor had also sent a communiqué to the Speaker the previous day stating he desires a floor test by the end of Thursday.
In his second letter to the Chief Minister, the Governor expressed suspicion that “detailed debates and discussions appear to be merely to delay the floor test.”
He said, “I am receiving various reports about the attempts being made for horse-trading. This can be averted only and only if the exercise of conducting floor test is conducted at the earliest and without any delay.”
He added that these facts and circumstances convey “a very sorry state of affairs.”
Despite two directions from Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to hold the trust vote on Friday, the process got put off to Monday, with Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar adjourning the Assembly.