A day after Congress leader Siddaramaiah’s remark that the BJP was scared of the floor test as they fear black sheep in their party, former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa on Saturday said that they don’t have any objection and that his party was ready for the no-confidence motion.
"We have no objection to the No Confidence Motion. We will wait until Monday. We are ready to face the No Confidence Motion on Monday," Yeddyurappa was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.
On Friday, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy sought Trust Vote, saying that he was not there to stick to the chair. He said that the resignations of the rebel Congress-JDS MLAs created a difficult situation and the urged the Speaker to fix the date and time for floor test.
"Today there are many things happening in our state's politics because of the decisions of many MLAs, which has created a difficult situation. I am not here to sit in power, I appeal to you that in light of the developments I want to move a trust motion,” the Karnataka chief minister said.
A serious political engulfed the southern state after 16 of the ruling coalition's legislators and two independents resigned from the Assembly. Their resignation put the Kumaraswamy government in jeopardy but Speaker Ramesh Kumar gave it the much-needed breather by rejected some of the resignations.
The issue reached the Surpeme Court, which ordered to maintain the status quo on MLAs resignations and posted the matter for next hearing on Tuesday. The MLAs tendered fresh resignations on Thursday but the Speaker has not accepted them so far.
The ruling coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78), JD(S)-37 and BSP-1, besides the Speaker. The BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113. However, if the resignations of the rebel MLAs are accepted, the strength of Congress-JDS coalition will come down to 100 and the Kumaraswamy government will come in minority.