Karnataka Crisis: BS Yeddyurappa Adamant on Floor Test Today, Says BJP MLAs Will Wait Till Midnight
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Bengaluru, July 22: Leader of Opposition in Karnataka assembly, B S Yeddyurappa, was adamant on floor test in the House till late on Monday, claiming that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs would wait till midnight to participate in the vote of confidence. SC Declines Plea Seeking Directions for Immediate Trust Vote

Yeddyurappa accused Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy of misleading the assembly, saying that he had assured the BJP's chief whip that the trust vote would be undertaken on Monday.

"CM had promised that he will finish it (trust vote) today and prove the majority today. Now I've spoken to Sunil, the chief Whip, over finishing it today. We will be in the house till 12 am," he said.

"We didn't protest when they (Congress-JDS) were speaking. Siddaramaiah, CM and you (Speaker) promised floor test on Monday. When our chief Whip was called, we stated we'll be here till late night till all debates conclude.Please allow us to go ahead with confidence motion," Yeddyurappa added.

Ahead of the assembly proceedings on Monday, Yeddyurappa alleged the ruling coalition was unnecessarily buying time despite knowing that whip issued to the ruling coalition MLAs was of no use.

To back his claim, Yeddyurappa referred to the Supreme Court ruling in the matter on July 17.

"The SC has clearly said in its order that under any circumstances the 15 MLAs staying in Mumbai should not be compelled to attend the current assembly session. It has clearly stated that it is left to them (MLAs) whether they want to attend or not," the former chief minister said.

He emphasised the whip had no value in such a situation, which the ruling party leaders also know.

Yeddyurappa claimed that the governor had written to the chief minister not to take important decisions since the government lacked majority. Yet, important decisions were taken, which was against the democratic set-up, he added.

The BJP state chief referred to the government's decision to supersede the district cooperative bank in Tumakuru by removing former MLA and Congress leader K N Rajanna and appointing an administrator in his place. He said the action was against democratic principles.