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Karnataka Political Crisis: Congress-JD(S) coalition loses trust vote, CM HD Kumaraswamy submits his resignation

Karnataka Political Crisis: HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) coalition government collapsed after it lost the trust vote in the Karnataka floor test.

Jul 23, 2019 23:12 IST
Karnataka Political Crisis: HD Kumaraswamy led Congress JDS coalition government collapses

Karnataka Political Crisis: HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) coalition government lost the trust vote in the Karnataka floor test on Tuesday. The Congress-JDS government got just 99 votes during the trust vote, while the BJP got 105 votes. The BJP led by BS Yeddyurappa is most likely to form the new government in the state.

The Karnataka floor test took place after 15 rebel legislators submitted their resignation to the speaker of the house and two independents withdrew their support to the Congress-JD(S) coalition. The trust vote was earlier supposed to take place on Friday but it was delayed. The Karnataka government has collapsed 14 months after it came to power in a star-studded swearing in ceremony.

Section 144 has been imposed in Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru, large gatherings have been banned in the northern part of the city after clashes were reported between Congress and BJP workers. Under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), assembly of five or more people is prohibited at one spot. All pubs and wine shops will remained closed in Bengaluru till July 25th.

Karnataka Political Crisis: Floor test

HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) coalition were missing 17 of their legislators from the assembly during the Karnataka floor test, among whom 12 were rebel Congress MLAs and 3 were rebel JDS MLAs who submitted their resignations earlier. The resignations have not yet been accepted by the speaker. Besides them, two Congress MLAs missed the floor test due to health issues.

The Karnataka Floor test began around 7.30 pm and the Congress-JD(S) alliance recieved just 99 votes as against BJP’s 105. The HD Kumaraswamy led Karnataka government lost the floor test by 6 votes. Kumarswamy said that their loss in the trust vote was all part of the politics.,

BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa said “ This is a victory of democracy. People were fed up with the Kumaraswamy government. I want to assure people of Karnataka a new era of development.”

Karnataka Political Crisis: HD Kumaraswamy resigns

HD Kumaraswamy has submitted his resignation to Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala, who has asked him to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister until the new government is sworn in. BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa is soon expected to stake claim to form government in Karnataka.

Karnataka Political Crisis: BJP to stake claim to form the new government

The BJP is likely to stake claim to form government in Karnataka tomorrow. The BJP with the support of their 105 MLAs and two independents now clearly has more numbers than the Congress and JD(S) combined. So, it is likely that the Governor would invite the BJP to form the government. The BJP legislative party meeting is expected to convene early morning on July 23.

As per media reports, BS Yeddyurappa is likely to be sworn in as new Chief Minister of Karnataka on Thursday.

President’s Rule

With the collapse of Congress-JD(S) coalition following allegations of horse-trading, Karnataka is in the midst of a severe constitutional crisis. While the BJP is preparing to form the new government in Karnataka, if the situation continues to be unstable in the coming times, the Governor has the right to invoke President's rule in the state. If the state comes under President's rule then elections can be expected within six months. Karnataka has seen the President's rule at least six times previously.

Karnataka Political Crisis Updates: BSP Chief Mayawati has expelled lone Karnataka BSP MLA N Mahesh for not participating in the trust vote in support of the coalition government.

What remains to be seen is whether Karnataka speaker, KR Ramesh Kumar, will disqualify the rebel MLAs for defying their party whip or not?

Congress Government in Madhya Pradesh under trouble?

With the collapse of the Congress coalition in Karnataka, speculations are rife about a similar outcome in Madhya Pradesh in the coming time.