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Kumaraswamy moves trust motion

The motion is in consonance with Karnataka Governor TN Chaturvedi's directive given to him on January 28.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 16:16 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

With an expected smooth sailing, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday sought a vote of confidence in his JDS-BJP ministry in the Assembly.

Kumaraswamy is facing an attack from the Congress, which accused him of forming an "unholy alliance" with the "reactionary" BJP.

Moving a one-line motion, Kumaraswamy made brief remarks, saying legislators of his party and BJP had taken "certain decisions" leading to the formation of the new coalition government after "swift and rapid political developments".

"The Governor has asked me to prove my majority," Kumaraswamy, who staged a political coup that brought down the JDS-Congress government led by Dharam Singh and led to the formation of the new government on February three, said.

In his 10-minute speech, Kumaraswamy declared that he was committed to providing good governance, keeping in mind the welfare of SCs, STs, backward classes and women with the ultimate goal of ensuring all-round development of the state.

He also appealed to senior opposition leaders to bestow the benefits of their administrative experience to him.

"I do not want to go into other matters now," he said, as he wound up his speech, steering clear of any controversies in his initial remarks.

The House proceedings began with Speaker Krishna announcing recognition of former chief minister N Dharam Singh as the leader of opposition.

Attacking the alliance of BJP and "a section of JDS", Singh told Kumaraswamy that he had joined hands with "communal and reactionary forces", giving a go-bye to the ideology and the principle of secularism which his father and JDS supremo HD Devegowda professed.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 09:16 IST