Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa heaved a sigh of relief as his one-week old government won the vote of confidence in the legislative assembly on Friday.
The one-line motion of confidence was approved by voice vote by BJP legislators and six independents after Opposition Congress members trooped out of the assembly at the end of a two hour debate.
Congress legislators walked out to protest the government’s failure to announce a tax rebate on petroleum products and to address shortage of seeds and fertilisers across the state.
In November 2007, Yeddyurappa quit midway during a discussion on a similar motion of confidence moved by him, sensing that Janata Dal (S) legislators would not keep their word of supporting his government.
In the 225-member house, the ruling BJP has 110 members, followed by 80 of Congress, 28 Dal (S) legislators, and six independents. While all independents have extended support to the government, five of them have been accommodated in the cabinet.
“No where in the country has any government inducted five independents into the cabinet. You do not have the mandate
of people and you are shaky from the beginning,” Leader of Opposition M. Mallikarjun Kharge said.