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Yeddyurappa to prove majority on July 29


Karnataka’s new Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Friday said he would hold a floor test to prove his majority in the state Assembly on Monday (July 29).

“At the cabinet meeting held soon after I took oath as Chief Minister, I decided to go for floor test in the Assembly on Monday at 10 a.m., to prove majority,” the 75-year-old Yeddyurappa said at a press conference in the state secretariat.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, who was sworn-in alone in his fourth term, also said he would table the finance bill after the trust vote to ensure the state budget for this fiscal (2019-20) is passed by the Assembly.

Yeddyurappa also announced that his present one-man cabinet also decided to give Rs 4,000 cash benefit in two instalments of Rs 2,000 each to all farmers across the state under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, and waive loans availed by weavers in the state up to March 31, 2019 at a cost of Rs 100 crore.

Assuring the opposition parties Congress and JD-S of not doing vendetta politics, Yeddyurappa said he would forgive and forget all and work for the development of the state.

“My priority is to address the problems of farmers, weavers, fishermen and agricultural labourers,” he added.

The BJP has 105 members in the 225-member Assembly, whose strength is currently 222 after Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar on Thursday disqualified three Congress rebels for defying the whip issued for their presence in the House on July 23 when then Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy put the confidence motion he moved on July 18 to vote but lost.

One Independent is also supporting the BJP.

With all the remaining 13 rebels deciding to abstain from the Assembly till the trust vote is conducted, the Speaker’s decision on their resignations by Monday will make no difference for the trial of strength by Yeddyurappa.

With the absence of the 13, the house strength will be 209, with 105 as the halfway mark for simple majority.

The effective strength of the Congress in the House will be 63 out of original 79, while the JD-S has 34 legislators.

“As the combined strength of the coalition allies will be 97, the BJP will be able to sail through the floor test even if the lone BSP member (N. Mahesh) decides to abstain,” BJP’s spokesman G. Madhusudan told IANS.

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Kumaraswamy government falls, loses trust vote in Assembly


The JDS-Congress alliance government has collapsed following its defeat in the confidence vote in Karnataka Assembly today evening. The Kumaraswamy government could get just 99 votes, falling far short of the simple majority. Whereas, the BJP secured 105 votes. Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of doing suitcase politics to bring down his government which is something not in the nature of the Deve Gowda family.

Kumaraswamy also tendered his apology to the Karnataka people for failing to live up to their aspirations. The curtains came down on the weeks-old constitutional crisis in the state as 24 Congress rebel MLAs withdrew support from the Kumaraswamy government. The Congress top leaders tried to save the alliance but they could not because of the strong strategies used by the BJP. Several months ago itself, the BJP leaders hinted at the downfall of the Kumaraswamy government and they successfully did it despite many hurdles in the process.

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Speaker a lone fighter against Modi-Shah war


The BJP would have thrown away the Kumaraswamy government and formed its own regime in Karnataka by now but only one man could effectively prevent it in the past two weeks. That is Assembly Speaker K Ramappa Ramesh Kumar. He is known as a centre of controversies in Karnataka politics. A six-time senior Congress MLA, Ramesh is now seen as a saviour of the JDS-Congress alliance with his bold stand and fearless defence in the face of challenges from the Supreme Court as well as Karnataka Governor. He is not accepting the resignations of the rebel MLAs despite enormous pressure from all sides.

The latest challenge is from the Governor who wanted the confidence vote to be completed immediately. But the Speaker unhesitatingly replied that he would follow the rules of the Assembly only saying that the House is independent of outside influences. Ramesh Kumar has been postponing the floor test several times now to save Kumaraswamy regime. Meanwhile, the ruling alliance is trying hard but failing to mobilize numbers to save its government. The rival BJP is unyielding and sticking to its guns. The Speaker says that he will not hold the confidence vote till there’s a sense of harmony and stability in the Assembly. He has become a hard nut to crack for the mighty BJP.

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