Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy seeks floor test to prove majority

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday moved a confidence motion to prove majority of his government in the state assembly.

“Due to what is happening in the state I have decided to move confidence motion. I seek your time. I am forced to say this in this situation. A few MLAs’ decision has led to this crisis. I am not here to stay here permanently. I am ready for anything,” CM Kumaraswamy said at the beginning of the budget session.

However, Mr. Kumaraswamy has not moved any official papers as yet.

Soon after the statement, opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa stormed out of the assembly and was holding a meeting with his party BJP’s legislators in his chamber.

In total 16 MLAs have resigned as lawmakers from the Congress- Janata Dal (Secular) coalition. Two independent ministers have withdrawn support from the 13 month long government.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has asked the Karnataka Speaker not to take any decision on resignation or disqualification of the rebel MLAs till Tuesday (16th July).