Bengaluru, July 14: Amid the ongoing political turmoil in Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Karnataka President on Sunday said the Speaker doesn't have the right to disqualify anybody because of the Supreme Court's decision. Yeddyurappa's statement comes after DK Shivakumar said that if rebel MLAs vote against the government, they will be disqualified. The BJP in the state on Saturday dared Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to move a confidence motion in the state Assembly on Monday to prove that his shaky coalition government has a majority. Political Turmoil Deepens As JDS-Congress Coalition Close to Losing Majority, BJP Seeks Governor's Intervention.
Yeddyurappa said since Kumaraswamy himself offered to seek a trust vote and no business could be conducted in the House without proving he has a majority. "He should request the Speaker to allow him to move it on Monday when the session resumes", Yeddyurappa said. Earlier this month, Kumaraswamy had said that he was ready to face a floor test as is being demanded by the BJP, which says the ruling coalition has lost majority in the 225-member House after it lost support of 18 legislators since July 6. Karnataka Crisis: Supreme Court Directs 10 Rebel MLAs to Appear Before Speaker This Evening.
On the opening day, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said that he was ready to face a floor test as is being demanded by the BJP, which says the ruling coalition has lost majority in the 225-member House after it lost support of 18 legislators since July 6. HD Kumaraswamy On Karnataka's Political Crisis Says 'What is the Necessity for Me to Resign'.
Of the 16 rebels legislators who resigned, 13 belong to the Congress and three to the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). The ruling Congress in Karnataka is wooing some of its rebel MLAs to withdraw their resignations and help its coalition government with the JD-S survive the crisis the state.