Kumaraswamy-led JDS-Congress coalition loses trust vote 99-105

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on July 23, 2019 Published on July 23, 2019

HD Kumaraswamy   -  THE HINDU

15 disgruntled MLAs quit, tilting the scale against govt

Finally, after 11 days of high drama, it was curtains for the JDS-Congress coalition government in Karnataka on Tuesday, with Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy losing the trust vote by six votes after 15 disgruntled MLAs quit their seats.

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar announced the result, after first holding a voice vote, and when the Opposition leader, BS Yeddyurappa, pressed for a division, the government lost the trust vote by 99 to 105 votes. The House then adjourned sine die.

“This is a victory for democracy. The 14-month-old Kumaraswamy government has been voted out,” said Yeddyurappa after the vote.

This comes after a four days of long-drawn-out sessions that saw heated debates. “I am not one to make a speech and run away. I will stand for a vote. Let the division happen,” Kumaraswamy told the House.

Earlier, concluding his debate on the Motion of Confidence, Kumaraswamy said he was ready to ‘sacrifice’ his post happily. After the Assembly debated the confidence motion for four days, he also said he had no intention to drag the trust vote and added, “I apologise to the Speaker and the people of the State.”

Supreme Court

In the morning, the Supreme Court had recorded the Karnataka Speaker’s oral submission that the trust vote may be taken up in the Assembly on Tuesday. Senior advocate AM Singhvi, appearing for the Speaker, said: “I am saying, it (trust vote) may be taken up today or tomorrow... I am just being optimistic.”

Emotional Speaker

Referring to H Vishwanath (former JDS President and one of the rebel MLAs now in Mumbai), Speaker Ramesh Kumar said Vishwanath had not sought an appointment with him but submitted his resignation to his office. “But he went to the Supreme Court and made allegations against me.”

The Speaker said Vishwanath, a man who had deserted D Devraj Urs (former Karnataka Chief Minister who encouraged backward class leaders), who had brought him into public life, was now talking of his character and cautioning Yeddyurappa of the kind of person he was.

An emotional Ramesh took out a signed resignation letter from his pocket and gave it to Yeddyurappa to read. “I have come up under the guidance of D Devraj Urs and KH Ranganath,” he told the House.


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Published on July 23, 2019
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