There is immense chaos in Karnataka over the position of Chief Ministership. BS Yeddyurappa of the BJP took oath as Chief Minister two days ago. Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala gave him 15 days to prove his majority. After petition filed by the Congress on the matter, Supreme Court on Friday ordered the trust vote to be held on Saturday (19th May) at 4 pm. Know more.
Know the current situation of seats in Karnataka Assembly elections
There are total 224 seats in Karnataka assembly where elections were held for 222 seats. The effective voting strength as pro-tem speaker can’t vote unless a tie is 221. To win trust vote, 111 votes are needed. Seats captured by CONG + JD(S) + others = 118 i.e. 7 over majority while BJP = 104 i.e. 7 short of majority.
‘Floor testing to be held today
Leaders of all three parties are all set for the floor test. On the one hand, there are HD Kumaraswamy of JD(S) and Siddaramaiah of Congress while on the other hand there is BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa. In the morning, there was hearing in Supreme Court where Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi represented the BJP while Abhishek Manu Singhvi represented the Congress.
Justice AK Sikri ordered for a floor test to be held at 4 pm today so the House would decide who take the lead. Supreme Court ordered the floor test to be conducted according to rules of the House. Former Speaker and BJP leader KG Bopaiah named pro-tem Speaker. Karnataka BJP general secretary Shobha Karandlaje said party welcomes the Supreme Court order and claimed to prove majority on the floor of the House.
But, just before the floor test, things changed unexpectedly. BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa today quit as Chief Minister just before a trust vote. Before his resignation, Mr Yeddyurappa said it was his dream to be Chief Minister at a time PM Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister. His resignation is the decision of BJP.