Bengaluru, July 27: Amid uncertainty over the future course of action to be adopted by former Karnataka-ruling Janata Dal (Secular), the party's senior leader and ousted chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said his party would sit in the Opposition rather than aligning with the BS Yediyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Kumaraswamy cleared the air hours after several reports claimed that the JD(S) legislators have pressed upon their de-facto chief to join hands with the ruling side. How BS Yediyurappa Can Pass The Assembly Floor Test With 105 BJP MLAs
The speculations were boosted after senior JD(S) leader and former minister GT Devegowda said a significant section of the MLAs are in favour of extending outside support to the BJP.
"Some legislators have suggested that we should support the BJP from outside," Devegowda had told reporters, further adding that Kumaraswamy has been authorised to take the final call.
Here's What Kumaraswamy Said:
Ex-K'taka CM & JD(S) leader, HD Kumaraswamy: Noticed news about joining hands with BJP, it's baseless. Legislators&party workers need not pay heed to such rumours, which is far from truth. We'll build the party by 'janseva'. Our fight for the common man will continue. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/u3lVsQksGT
— ANI (@ANI) July 27, 2019
"Noticed news about joining hands with BJP, it's baseless. Legislators and party workers need not pay heed to such rumours, which are far from truth," Kumaraswamy said, further adding, "We'll build the party by 'janseva'. Our fight for the common man will continue."
All eyes are set on the manner in which the JD(S) MLAs vote during the motion of confidence of Monday. Yediyurappa, who was sworn in as the CM for fourth time on Friday, will have to win the floor test for his government to remain in power.
With the disqualification of one nominated and two Congress MLAs by the Speaker, the strength of the House has been reduced to 222, and the effective majority mark has been lowered to 112.
If the 13 rebels, comprising from both the Congress and the JD(S), remain absent during the trust vote, Yediyurappa would need support of 105 legislators to win the confidence motion.