Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj on Tuesday asked Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to prove his majority again by October 14 -- a turnaround from his stand on Monday that the state be put under President's rule.
Bhardwaj announced he has written a letter to Yeddyurappa asking him to prove that he continues to enjoy the confidence of majority of MLAs through a confidence motion for the second time as the number of MLAs voting for and against the motion on Monday was unclear.
"The Chief Minister failed to demonstrate his majority in clear and objective terms," Bhardwaj told reporters in Bangalore.
"Unauthorised persons entered the floor of the house and disrupted the proceedings."
Bhardwaj claimed Speaker K G Bopaiah's report on the proceedings do not reflect any figures of how many MLAs voted for and against the confidence motion.
"There can't be any voice vote in such a matter. A clear division of is required to prove majority," he said.
The BJP government in Karnataka had won the confidence motion by a voice vote amidst chaotic and violent events in the Assembly on Monday, after 16 rebel legislators were disqualified for anti-party activities -- a move dubbed by the Opposition parties as a 'ploy to muzzle democracy'.
Bhardwaj has said he had recommended for imposition of President's rule in Karnataka after finding that rules were violated when the confidence motion was passed in the assembly.
Bopaiah had disqualified 16 dissident legislators, including five independent MLAs, under the anti-defection rules, before the house assembled amidst unruly scenes.
The move had brought down the figure for majority to 105 (from 113) as the number of voters reduced to 208 (from 224). BJP, which had 117 members, had support of 106 members after the dissidents were disqualified.
The disqualification was challenged by the dissident MLAs in the Karnataka High Court, which has reserved its verdict on the petition till October 18.
Bopaiah had told reporters, "nobody demanded (division of votes). So where is the question of division of votes. The motion was passed by voice-vote as per rules."
Bhardwaj had earlier asked Yeddyurappa to prove majority in the Assembly after 19 MLAs -- 14 BJP and 5 independent legislators - had withdrawn support from the BJP government.
Bhardwaj said it was the duty of the speaker to seek clear division of votes either by raising hands or through chits.
He described his move to give Yeddyurappa a second chance as 'an out of the way gesture' and 'charity'
The governor refrained from commenting on BJP onslaught against him saying that he had discharged his duties as per the Constitution and was unperturbed by the criticism. He claimed that his requests to Yeddyurappa to meet him went unheard. "In the circumstances, it is incumbent upon you to demonstrate clearly and objectively that you have the majority in the house. In case you are willing to do so, I give you a fresh opportunity to do so by October 14 at 11 am," Bhardwaj said in his letter to the chief minister.
Bhardwaj had earlier asked Yeddyurappa to prove majority in the Assembly after 19 MLAs - 14 BJP and 5 independent legislators - had withdrawn support from the BJP government.
The dissidents were unhappy with the September 22 cabinet reshuffle and were also demanding removal of IT Minister Katta Subramanya Naidu.
Three rebel MLAs had returned to the BJP fold.