In a last-ditch attempt, Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy on Monday has sought an appointment with Governor Vajubhai Vala's office at 6:30 PM, as per sources.
Sources have further reported that Kumaraswamy may be contemplating to step down from his CM post after failure to reach out to rebel MLAs over the weekend. He may be doing so reportedly to avoid the embarrassment of losing by 6-7 votes if trust vote occurs on Assembly floor.
This development follows after 2-3 Congress MLAs and the lone BSP MLA were not present on the Vidhan Soudha on Monday. Apart from this, 2 Congress MLAs have not been present since day 1.
Earlier in the day, on the Assembly floor, while Kumaraswamy tried to buy more time by saying that he will prove majority by Wednesday, the Speaker reminded the government's commitment to conclude the trust vote process on Monday.
Previously on Sunday, both Congress and BJP held legistaure party meetings at 5-star hotels in Bengaluru ahead of the looming trust vote. On Sunday, two Independent MLAs Shankar and Nagesh have approached the Supreme Court about the breakdown of Constitution and democracy in Karnataka - where a CM despite not having a majority in the house is stalling a trust vote by dubious tactics.
Meanwhile, BSP Supremo Mayawati had directed Karnataka BSP MLA N Mahesh to vote in favour of the state CM H D Kumaraswamy's government. Incidentally, Mahesh was among the 20 members who had missed the Karnataka Assembly session on Thursday and Friday apart from the 15 rebels MLAs, two independent MLAs, and Congress MLAs Srimant Patil and B Nagendra.
On July 19, the drama of the assembly was put on hold till Monday, with the Assembly being adjourned by the Speaker after failing to meet the governor's deadline at 6 PM to conduct trust vote that would decide the fate of HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government. BJP Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa, on Friday, had said that the current coalition JD(S)-Congress government has time till Monday to prove its majority saying that BJP had the numbers while Kumarswamy did not.
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Meanwhile, the rebel MLAs had appealed to the Supreme Court claiming that the Speaker is not accepting the resignations, to which the apex court ruled after hearing both the sides that the rebel MLAs are not bound to be the part of the floor test and may skip it if they wish to do so. The 14-months old Congress-JD(S) coalition government is on the verge of collapse with numbers favouring BJP as of Sunday.
Here are the numbers at present:
- BJP - 105 MLAs
- Congress-JD(S) MLAs - 100 including Ramalinga Reddy
- Speaker- 1
- Rebels MLAs- 15
- Independent- 2
- BSP MLA - 1