Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala in a letter has directed Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to prove his majority on the floor of assembly by 1.30 pm on Friday.
With this, the fall of Congress-JD(S) government has become imminent. Earlier on Thursday the Governor had sent a message to Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar, expressing a desire that the House should complete the trust vote by the end of the day. Rejecting Governor’s request, the Speaker adjourned the assembly on Thursday without conducting floor test.
As reaction to the speaker’s move, the Governor sent the direction to the Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy suggesting to conduct floor test by 1.30 pm on Friday.
In his letter to the CM, the Governor Vajubhai Vala said he had not intervened in the matter earlier “having regard to the fact that the House was called and trust vote was moved.”
“over the past weeks, 15 MLAs had submitted their resignation from the House and two Independent MLAs, too, had given letters withdrawing their support to the government, which “prima facie indicate that you have lost majority in the House,” Governor’s letter says.
He pointed out that “proceedings of the House on July 18 were stalled and consequently adjourned without reaching any finality” and this “cannot go on in a democratic set-up governed by the Constitution of India.” He added that the House was adjourned though he had sent a message to the Speaker. “Under these circumstances, I require you to prove your majority on the floor of the House on or before 1:30 p.m. tomorrow [Friday].”