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BJP issues whip to its members for floor test

The ruling BJP in Karnataka, today, issued a whip to all its MLAs to vote in favour of the motion of confidence that would be moved by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in the Assembly tomorrow.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2010 13:41 IST
PTI

The ruling BJP in Karnataka, on Wednesday, issued a whip to all its MLAs to vote in favour of the motion of confidence that would be moved by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in the Assembly tomorrow.

The ruling party has a strength of 106 members, including the Speaker, in the 224-member house after 16 MLAs were disqualified under the provisions of anti-defection laws by Speaker K G Bopaiah.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today directed the police to arrange elaborate security and ensure that no untoward incident takes place during the second floor test he will be facing tomorrow.

At a high level meeting of top police officials, Yeddyurappa asked them to take steps to ensure trouble-free proceedings and not to allow any non-member into the House against the backdrop of ugly scenes that marred the October 11 assembly session.

Disqualified independent MLAs had managed to gain entry into the House on that day while some MLCs of the ruling BJP, who are ministers, were found seated.

Speaking to the press after the meeting, Yeddyurappa said he had directed the police to take required security measures.

The Chief Minister said he would concentrate on proving the majority of his government on which he had "confidence" and leave the aspects of "hatching conspiracy" if any to the opposition parties.

For the second time in four days, Yeddyurappa will be seeking a vote of confidence tomorrow to prove his majority in the House after a controversial trust vote triggered a political storm prompting Governor H R Bhradwaj to seek clamping of President's Rule.

First Published: Oct 13, 2010 12:01 IST