Karnataka, July 18: Janata Dal Secular-Congress coalition government, led by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, will face its trust vote in the state Assembly today. The discussion on the vote of confidence will start at around 11 am in the Assembly. Karnataka Political Row: Supreme Court Rules 'Speaker Can't Be Forced To Decide Within Time Frame', Says 'MLAs Not Compelled To Participate In Trust Vote'
The Supreme Court on Wednesday had said Karnataka MLAs are not compelled to participate in the today's trust vote. During the hearing on Karnataka rebel MLAs case, the apex court in its order said that the Karnataka Speaker cannot be forced to take a decision within a time frame.
Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy Wednesday said he has decided to withdraw his resignation from the assembly and will vote in favour of the trust vote to be sought by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. This comes as a huge relief to the Kumaraswamy government. Reddy is among the 13 Congress and three JDS MLAs who have given their resignations while two independent legislators have withdrawn their support from the Kumaraswamy government, leaving it on the brink of collapse.
Karnataka Public Works Minister and H D Revanna, brother of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Wednesday rejected all the allegations levelled against him by some of the rebel Congress MLAs who have alleged that he functioned as a "Super CM" and interfered in other departments. Among the many allegations cited by the rebel MLA are- Revanna was interfering in other departments (headed by Congress representatives).
On Wednesday Kumaraswamy had issued a whip to all 37 MLAs of JD(S) including three rebel legislators Narayana Gowda, Gopalaiah and H Vishwanath to be present in the Assembly at the time of trust vote. Kumaraswamy has repeatedly warned that if MLAs do not attend the House and vote against the party whip even after attending the session on the day of trust voting, action will be initiated under the rule of Anti-Defection Law and that MLA will be disqualified from his post.
(With inputs from agencies)