HD Kumaraswamy Likely to Resign as Karnataka Chief Minister Soon: ReportsJuly 23, 2019 18:40
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Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is likely to step down from his post if the Congress-JD(S) combine fails to prove majority in the Karnataka assembly during the trust vote.
The Karnataka political drama in the Vidhana Soudha extended for more than a week, as the HD Kumaraswamy government, living on a water-thin majority, try to prove their strength in the floor test.
As per several news reports, Karnataka political drama tweeted about the possibility of HD Kumaraswamy resigning from his post. The political crisis for the Congress-JD(S) combine began after 15 rebel Members of Legislation (MLAs) resigned from the assembly.
#Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy arrives at Secretariat. Speaker has order to wind up the discussion by 4 pm and complete #KarnatakaTrustVote. Sources say #HDKumaraswamy might deliver an emotional speech and resign today— Mugilan Chandrakumar (@Mugilan__C) July 23, 2019
Earlier, Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh ordered the MLAs to finish up the floor test by 4 p.m. on Monday, which is imminent since almost a week.
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala had also ordered the completion of the trust vote on multiple occasions. However, that could not pass off and the proceedings were shifted to Monday.
According to sources, HD Kumaraswamy may resign after an emotional speech and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit chief BS Yeddyurappa may become the next chief minister of Karnataka.
The Karnataka assembly has 224 members. The majority mark is 113, excluding the Speaker who casts his vote only in the event of a tie. Before 15 legislators' resignation, Congress had 80 members (including speaker + nominated member) and JD(S) 37. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 105 legislators.
Two independents (H Nagesh and R Shankar) and a BSP leader are also members of the House.
After the resignations, the strength of the Karnataka Assembly has come down to 210, with the majority mark standing at 106. In the present scenario, Congress has 68 members and JD(S) 34.
After the two independents decided not to support, the JDS-Congress strength has come down to 103 with support of lone BSP MLA. This makes it absolutely necessary for the JDS-Congress government to get the vote of the rebel MLAs, otherwise, they lose the majority and HD Kumaraswamy his chief minister's seat.
By Sowmya Sangam