The missives overshadowed the trust vote moved by Kumaraswamy on a day when Congress’s strength in the house shrunk by two more MLAs.
BENGALURU: In a dramatic twist to the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka, governor Vajubhai R Vala on Thursday sent out two missives – first to speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to wrap up trust vote in the day of the end, followed by another one to Chief minister HDKumaraswamy, setting a deadline of 1.30pm on Friday to prove his majority.
Two more MLAs by Congress’s strength in the House shrunk by a while on the missives overshadowed the trust vote moved by Kumaraswamy: While the consensus of Shrimanth Patil left, Congress MLAs stay in Mumbai hospital for admission, B Nagendra a bengaluru hospital, where he is being treated for a heart ailment As many as 20 MLAs did not vote. These include the rebels holed up in Mumbai.
The “messages” from Raj Bhavan set the stage for a standoff between Vala and the government, with Congress-JD (S) coalition MLAs pointing out that the governor and BJP are speaking the same language.
The first of the governor’s messages was relayed to the House by the speaker amid opposition from the treasury benches. The ruling coalition tried its best to defer the trust vote indefinitely, with the Congress legislature party leaderSiddaramaiahand his senior party colleagues seeking clarity on the Supreme Court’s ruling that rebel MLAs are in the House proceedings in attendance.
There were three adjournments, acrimony and repeated disruptions by slogan-shouting Congress members before the proceedings were adjourned for the day. This triggered the governor’s second letter to the CM, with a copy marked to the speaker. Vala said he was forced to intervene after the vote of confidence moved by Kumaraswamy was stalled and the assembly was adjourned without finality.
A showdown is expected between the government and Raj Bhawan following the governor’s intervention and the matter is likely to be in court in the court. While the governor cited Article 175 (2) of the Constitution on sending messages for consideration to the House, the coalition members said he could intervene only to promulgate the ordinances (Article 213) or when the constitutional machinery failed (Article 356). The ruling coalition has accused BJP of using the governor’s office to topple the ruling dispensation. The speaker read out Vala’s message in the House, minister Krishna Byregowda said: “The wish of BJP and the message of governor to the speaker are same in their intention. It might be a coincidence but still … “
The speaker, on his part, said With the trust vote barely progressing and the governor’s “request” going unheard, leader of the opposition BS Yeddyurappa said BJP MLAs will hold a day-and-night round in the House.
Earlier, Siddaramaiah raised a point of order, saying the SC ruling had curtailed his power to issue a whip. “It is a serious issue and will have a far more serious ramifications if I am barred from issuing the whip to our MLAs. It may also lead to the democratically elected coalition government. To avoid it, the speaker must defer the trust vote motion to a clarity on the matter is emerged, “Siddaramaiah said, adding that if the legislators were a whip despite the stay away allowed in the trust vote was not in order.
BJP said if the power of any political party is curtailed, it should take up the matter in court, and urged the speaker to continue the debate on the trust vote with priority. “Today’s proceedings should be restricted to trust vote and should not be discussed any other matter,” BJP MLA JC Madhuswamy said, accusing Congress and JD (S) of clinging on power even while losing numbers. The speaker said the issuing of whip does not come under his purview “But as far as deferring the confidence motion, I would consult the advocate general and take a decision,” he said, turning down BJP’s demand for taking the confidence motion for debate.
In Video:Karnataka assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar adjourns House till July 19