Karnataka crisis: BJP to disrupt assembly if no trust vote

Karnataka Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy,

Bemgaluru, July 15: Karnataka lawmakers from the ruling Congress and Janata Dal Secular as well as from opposition BJP arrived in buses from various resorts on Monday to attend the assembly session amid uncertainty over the survival of the state government after poaching of MLAs by Opposition party and thereafter multiple resignations.

BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa has called for a trust vote today. The opposition BJP has decided to disrupt the Karnataka Assembly session if Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy does not move the trust vote to prove his fledgling coalition government has majority, a party official said on Monday.

Kumaraswamy on Friday told Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar that he was ready to seek a trust vote or face a no-confidence motion if the BJP moves it against him during the 10-day monsoon session till July 26.

Congress and JDS continued with their attempts to bring back 18 rebels whose resignations have endangered their year-old coalition government.

On Friday, the Supreme Court said no decision would be taken on the resignation or disqualification of the rebel coalition legislators until Tuesday. The same day, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy sought time for a trust vote to prove his majority, asserting that his government was stable.

Congress has given the task to lawmaker Muniratna to meet and convince rebela MLAs including Ram Linga Reddy to sav ethe government.
Meanwhile,party troubleshooter DK Shivakumar warned if the rebel MLAs vote against the confidence motion then they will lose their membership but assured them their demands will be met. Congress legislative party leader Siddaramaiah held a meeting with MLAs at Taj Vivanta in Bengaluru on Sunday.

A group of 14 rebel Kanataka legislators lodged in a Mumbai hotel on Monday once again complained of ‘threat’ from top Congress leaders. This is the second such development in five days.

In a letter to the Senior Inspector (Head) of Powai Police Station, the 14 legislators had said they have no intention of meeting Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge or Ghulam Nabi Azad or any other Congressman from Maharashtra and Karnataka.

They urged the police to prevent these leaders from approaching them as they “anticipate” serious threats from them at the Hotel Renaissance, where they are staying.

They have sent copies of their plea to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 10 and the security and management of the hotel.

However, the latest letter bears no date or acknowledgement stamp from the concerned police station though it is signed by the legislators.

It may be recalled that on July 9, a group of around a dozen rebel lawmakers had written a similar letter to the Mumbai Police refusing to meet Karnataka Minister and senior Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar and others, who arrived here to resolve the ongoing political crises in that state last Wednesday.

After a day of high drama Shivakumar, his ministerial colleague, two legislators and Maharashtra Congress’ Naseem Khan, Milind Deora and others were detained for several hours.

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