BJP government wins second trust vote in Karnataka
BJP retained power on Karnataka by proving majority in the Assembly today, but the victory was subject to High Court's decision on pleas by 16 rebel MLAs against their disqualification. HT reports.india Updated: Oct 14, 2010 21:03 IST
BJP retained power on Karnataka by proving majority in the Assembly on Thursday, but the victory was subject to High Court's decision on pleas by 16 rebel MLAs against their disqualification.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who faced a second trust vote last three days, garnered 106 votes in his favour, while the opposition (JD(S) and Congress) mustered 100 votes against it.
Jubilant after the win, Yeddyurappa said it was a victory of democracy and the decisive win would silence the opposition parties. He said he would now focus on state's development.
Opposition had a combined strength of 101 members, but only 100 were present in the house as JD(S) MLA M C Ashwath, who had remained incommunicado since last seven days, was absent during voting.
One BJP MLA - Manappa Vajjal - also remained absent. The saffron party was contemplating action against him.
Vajjal's absence was compensated by independent MLA Varthur Prakash, who voted for BJP.
Unlike the October 11 trust vote marred by chaotic scenes, Speaker K G Bopaiah counted heads to conclude that the confidence motion was passed with a majority.
State JD(S) Chief H D Kumaraswamy said the victory was temporary as the government will fall in next couple of weeks.
The confidence motion was moved amidst protest from the Congress camp. Bopaiah initiated the proceedings after rejecting a plea of the Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah for postponing the trust vote in view of the hearing on disqualification petitions by the Karnataka High Court.
A division bench of Karnataka High Court, while rejecting a plea by 5 disqualified rebel independent legislators for restoration their voting rights, had ruled that the outcome of the trust vote would be subject to a final verdict on pleas seeking quashing of disqualification of MLAs.
Sixteen MLAs - 14 BJP and 5 independents - had moved the court against Bopaiah's order to disqualify them under provisions of anti-defection laws.
Yeddyurappa was forced to go in for the second trial of strength after Governor H R Bhardwaj rejected the result of the Monday vote as 'farce' and asked him to prove his majority again.