Bengaluru, Jul 29: BJP leader BS Yediyurappa, who was sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka, will seek confidence vote in the Assembly here on Monday.Governor Vajubhai Vala, who had administered the oath of office to Yeddyurappa on Friday last, had directed him to prove his majority in the house within one week.With the depletion of the strength of the Assembly from 225 members to 208, following disqualification of as many as 17 rebels, including 14 from Congress, Yediyurappa is expected to sail through the floor test.To ensure the unity of members in the House, BJP had issued whip to all its members to be present during the session and vote in favour of Yediyurappa during floor test.
The BJP, which has its own strength of 105 MLAs, and also the support of lone independent MLA, Nagesh. The BSP MLA, who was expelled from the party for defying party’s diktat during floor test last week, is expected to remain neutral or once again choose to remain absent from the house.Yediyurappa, immediately after winning the floor test, is expected to put the Finance Bill for 2019-20, which would enable the government get the sanction to go for expenditure, including that of payment of salaries and perks to the state government’s employees.
The Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah had convened a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party and had issued whip to its members to present in the House and vote against the government.The Congress, however, has decided to vote in favour of the Finance Bill, the sources added. (UNI)