Karnataka Speaker
Karnataka Speaker

Karnataka crisis: Speaker sets deadline for trust vote today

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Bengaluru, Jul 22 : After an extended debate and noisy scenes witnessed in the Karnataka Assembly, ahead of adopting the Confidence Motion sought by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, the Speaker of Legislative Assembly set an extended deadline at 6pm on Tuesday for the coalition government, tottering under threat of losing power, to prove its majority.

The Assembly session throughout the day that extended near midnight, witnessed noisy debate with the ruling JD(S)-Congress combine trying to extend the inevitable fate, after the 14 month-old government had virtually suffered a minority status with the resignation of 15 ruling Party MLAs and two independents deserting it.

After a day-long session, Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, who looked distraught, set the extended deadline to the coalition partners who continuously urged for extended debate on the Confidence Motion sought by Chief Minister that the ruling coalition tried to extend through debate to buy time in a hope to convince the dissident MLAs who are in Mumbai, but it was not to be.

Earlier in a communication to the two leaders of the House, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar had said that he was committed to complete the process today, but the ruling party MLAs on their toes pressed relentlessly to extend the date as more legislators wanted to speak on the motion.

Meanwhile, the opposition BJP members remained mute but for opposition leader B S Yeddyurappa and Madhuswamy urging the Speaker to take up the motion for a vote today itself.At the end of the session of the day that was finished close to midnight, Assembly Speaker ruled that the ruling party legislators can continue their debate until 4pm and the trust vote will be completed by 6pm on Tuesday. UNI