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Friday 10 July 2020

Kumaraswamy loses confidence vote in the Assembly

With the numbers stacked against him, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy faced the defeat after winding up the debate for four days on the motion of confidence moved by him on Thursday last

Bengaluru: The Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka collapsed on Tuesday after it lost the vote of confidence in the Assembly, ending the nearly three-week long high political drama in the state. With the numbers stacked against him, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy faced the defeat after winding up the debate for four days on the motion of confidence moved by him on Thursday last, amid the political turmoil.

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar announced that 99 MLAs had voted in favour of the motion and 105 against it. The motion had been defeated, he said.

The Congress-JD(S) government had defied the two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala to Kumaraswamy to demonstrate his majority on Friday itself.

A wave of resignations had set off the political turbulence in the state, pushing the 14-month old coalition government to the brink of collapse.

Before the Assembly drama, there was no dearth of related theatrics even in faraway Mumbai. Activists of Mumbai Youth Congress on Tuesday protested outside the five-star hotel in suburban Mumbai where rebel MLAs of Congress and JD(S) from Karnataka have been holed up after resigning from the Assembly, triggering a political crisis in the southern state.

Police detained the workers who tried to go inside the hotel this evening to “meet” the legislators.

The MLAs have been staying at the hotel in Powai since early this month.

Mumbai Youth Congress vice president Suraj Singh Thakur said the hotel was a public place and the workers wanted to meet the Karnataka legislators. “We are initially allowed to go inside the hotel. But as soon as we entered the hotel we were taken away by the police. The security at the hotel is more than the Arthur Road or Tihar Jail. Whose money is being used for their (MLAs’) accommodation and food in a five-star luxury hotel?” he asked.

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