Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Monday moved a confidence motion seeking to prove a majority of his three-day-old government in the State Assembly. Facing an Assembly with a truncated strength, Yeddyurappa moved a one-line motion that said the House expresses confidence in the Ministry headed by him. Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa proved his majority in the Assembly winning the confidence motion by a voice vote.
In his remarks, Yeddyurappa said he would not indulge in “politics of vengeance” and believed in the “forget and forgive principle.” He said the administrative machinery had collapsed and his priority was to bring it back on track. Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar resigns right after CM Yeddyurappa won the trust vote in Vidhan Soudha today.
The BJP is expected to have a smooth sail with the trust vote, as the disqualification of 17 rebel MLAs by the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Sunday has reduced the effective strength of the 225-member Assembly to 208. The magic figure for a simple majority is 105, equivalent to the strength of the BJP, which also commands the support of an Independent.
The Congress has 66 members, JDS 34, the Speaker one (who has a casting vote in case of a tie) and one expelled BSP member who was thrown out of the party for violating its directive to vote for the HD Kumaraswamy government during the trust vote on 23 July.
The 14-month-old JD(S)-Congress government and possibly in the signoff on his way out-Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs under the anti-defection law till the end of the Assembly term in 2023, a day ahead of Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa seeking the trust vote in the assembly to prove his majority.
The number of disqualified MLAs, along with those barred three days ago, now stands at 17, bringing down the strength of the House (to 208) and the number needed by Yeddyurappa government (105) to win the trust vote on Monday.
The move brought cheer to the BJP camp for another reason too: “For this to happen, it will take at least six months. Till then, Yeddyurappa will be relieved men. If the court holds the speaker’s decision, then it will be a relief forever for BJP,” said a senior BJP party leader.