Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa won the floor test at Vidhana Soudha through voice vote on Monday. Moving the confidence motion, Yediyurappa said, “When Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy were CMs they didn't indulge in vindictive politics. Administration has failed and we'll set it right. I assurance the House that we won't indulge in vindictive politics either. I believe in forget and forgive" Striking somewhat reconciliatory note, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah said, “We discussed HD Kumaraswamy's confidence motion over 4 days. I too participated in that and I don't wish to speak about it. I could've spoken about circumstances under which Yediyurappa became CM.I wish him well and welcome his assurance that he'll work for people.”
The outcome of the trust vote was on expected line. The BJP was anyway expected to have a smooth sail with the trust vote, as the disqualification of 17 rebel MLAs by the Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Sunday has reduced the effective strength of the 225-member Assembly to 208. The magic figure for simple majority is 105, equivalent to the strength of the BJP, which also commands the support of an Independent.
The Congress has 66 members, JDS 34, the Speaker one (who has a casting vote in case of a tie) and one expelled BSP member who was thrown out of the party for violating its directive to vote for the H D Kumaraswamy government during the trust vote on July 23.