Karnataka coalition’s floor test on Thursday, says congress’ Siddaramaiah


Karnataka’s ruling coalition, on the edge after a series of resignations, will take a floor test on Thursday, a senior Congress leader said today. The floor test will take place at 11 am on July 18, said Congress’s Siddaramaiah after a meeting of a panel that decides the agenda of the state assembly.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had on Friday called for a trust vote to prove his strength on the floor of the house.
The Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition, which has been wobbly since it came to power last May, was jolted by 18 resignations over the past two weeks.

The two parties continue their attempts – fruitless so far – to bring back the rebels whose resignations have endangered their government. Sixteen legislators of the JDS-Congress coalition and two independent lawmakers have resigned.

If the resignations are accepted, the coalition’s 118 members will come down to 100 and the majority mark will drop from 113 to 105. Rival BJP has 105 members and the support of the two Independents, which takes its tally to 107.

Speaker Ramesh Kumar has yet to accept the resignations. He told the Supreme Court on Friday that he would need time to decide whether the resignations were coerced or voluntary.  He also said many of the rebel lawmakers faced disqualification. The Supreme Court has stopped the Speaker from either accepting the resignation or disqualifying any lawmaker till Tuesday.

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