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Karnataka floor test delayed till Monday as Kumaraswamy ignored Governor’s deadlines


The Karnataka assembly floor test has been delayed till Monday as Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government on Friday ignored Governor Vajubhai Vala’s deadlines to prove majority in the House. The political drama in Karnataka, which began with the resignations of 15 JD(S) and Congress MLAs, is likely to spill over to the next week as Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar adjourned the House till July 22.

With the adjournment of the House and the government failing to take up the voting on the confidence motion, the floor test to prove majority by the Karnataka government will now take place on Monday at 11 am.


1. The Karnataka Governor had earlier asked Kumaraswamy to prove majority by 1:30 pm on Friday. The Karnataka chief minister, however, ignored the deadline, saying that his speech was not completed.

2. Later, Kumaraswamy urged the Speaker to let the remaining MLAs make their speeches. After the government missed the first deadline of 1:30 pm to prove majority, the Governor issued a second deadline of 6 pm to complete the trust vote process in the state assembly. In the letter, the Governor also said that the “detailed debates appear to be delaying the floor test to prove the majority”.

3. Terming Vajubhai Vala’s second deadline as the Governor’s “love letter”, Kumaraswamy said that he was hurt by it. Speaking in the assembly, Kumaraswamy said, “I’m not attached to this seat. If I was so desperate to save this government, I would have returned from the USA when Anand Singh resigned [on July 1]. I decided to wait and abide by my commitments. Many people warned me about conspiracies and advised me not to go to the USA. I have respect for the Governor. But the second love letter from the Governor has hurt me.”

4. Speaking in the assembly, Kumaraswamy also told the Speaker that the floor test can be held on Monday as “many MLAs have said they want to go home”. When the Speaker asked if he is sure the floor test proceedings would be finished on Monday, Kumaraswamy said he is sure. To this, BJP raised objections and demanded that the floor test be conducted on Friday itself.

5. As the floor test delay seemed likely, the BS Yeddyurappa-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs asked the Speaker to conduct the floor test on Friday itself. Yeddyurappa said, “We will let them [the JD(S)-Congress MLAs] speak and we will keep mum. People on our side will sit peacefully till late in the night. Let it take however long it takes.”

6. However, the Speaker adjourned the assembly till 11 am on Monday. Before adjourning, the Speaker made it clear that finality would be put on the motion on Monday and the matter would not be prolonged further under any circumstances.

7. Kumaraswamy and the Congress moved the Supreme Court accusing the Governor of interfering with the assembly proceedings when the debate on the trust vote was underway.

8. Questioning the deadlines set by the Governor to complete the trust vote, Kumaraswamy said the directions of Vajubhai Vala are completely contrary and ex-facie in contravention of apex court’s earlier verdict.

9. After the floor test was postponed, BS Yeddyurappa said that Monday will be the last day of the Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka. He said, “They don’t have numbers and they aren’t allowing people who have numbers to form the government. We are 106 members in total. The SC has said MLAs who are in Mumbai can’t be forced to attend the session.”

10. Senior BJP leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan blamed the Congress for the political crisis in Karnataka and claimed that the HD Kumaraswami government there has lost its majority.

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