K'swamy wins trust vote in K'taka
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K'swamy wins trust vote in K'taka

In the 224-member House, 138 MLAs of JD-S and BJP voted for the motion.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 04:30 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy won a vote of confidence in the assembly in the wee hours of Thursday at the end of a marathon 14-hour debate that had begun on Wednesday morning.

In the 224-member House, 138 legislators of the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) voted in favour of the motion, while 66 members belonging to the Congress and other opposition parties voted against it. About 20 members abstained.

The legislators stood up to be counted in favour or against by turns. The assembly staff went around the rows to take the count.

The trust vote was following a direction from Governor TN Chaturvedi that Kumaraswamy should prove his majority in the lower house within eight days of assuming office.

The Chief Minister and his deputy BS Yediyurappa took oath February 3 after the Governor invited the JD-S-BJP combine to form the new coalition government.

Replying to the debate on the motion, Kumaraswamy said his government was committed to the socio-economic development of the state.

"My government will continue the programmes and projects that were initiated by the previous Congress-led government. We are committed to execute the multibillion-rupee ONGC project in Mangalore, the Bangalore international airport and other projects related to irrigation, agriculture and other sectors," Kumaraswamy said.

Giving an account of events and developments that led to the JD-S withdrawing support to the previous coalition government, Kumaraswamy said a majority of his party legislators were compelled to part ways due to the failure of the Congress in implementing an agreement reached with the JD-S.

"The Congress took over eight months to expand the cabinet and delayed appointing heads of boards and corporations even 20 months after the first coalition government was formed in May 2004," Kumaraswamy told the assembly.

On his decision to join hands with the BJP to form an alternative government, the Chief Minister said he was compelled to withdraw support to the Congress to save his JD-S from being split by a section of local Congress leaders.

"Though I was approached by BJP leader Arun Jaitley soon after the May 2004 general election to form a JD-S-BJP government on the lines of the Orissa government where the BJP joined hands with the Biju Janata Dal, I rejected the offer outright as I was convinced my father (JD-S chief HD Deve Gowda) would not agree for secular reasons," Kumaraswamy said.

"I also declined the BJP offer of chief ministership as I was not interested in becoming one at the cost of displeasing my father, who was steadfast on retaining the secular image of the party."

In the May 2004 state assembly elections, the BJP emerged the single largest party with 79 members, while the Congress and JD-S got 65 and 58 seats respectively.

Concluding the reply to the debate, Kumaraswamy sought the blessings of the house and the cooperation of the Congress in providing good governance.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 00:46 IST