Karnataka Crisis: Amid political crisis, Kumaraswamy announces he will seek trust vote
Bengaluru | Jagran News Desk: In a surprise move, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday announced that he would seek a trust vote to end the 'confusion' caused by resignations of rebel MLAs while asserting he was "ready for everything".
Meanwhile, the coalition of Congress-JD(S) and the rival BJP have arranged to move their MLAs to resorts to take them from "poaching" attempts.
"I have decided to seek trust vote, please fix a time for it," said Kumaraswamy as the budget session began in the Vidhana Souda this morning.
"I am ready for everything, I am not here to stick to power," he added.
A political crisis is going in the state after 18 of the MLAs of Congress and JD(S) gave their resignation in the last week. If the speaker accepts the resignation, then the alliance will slip from the half-way mark which will result in the collapse of the government.
The Congress-JD(S) alliance won a reprieve till Tuesday as the Supreme Court said there would be no decision on the resignations until then.
The court has said until Tuesday the Speaker cannot disqualify any legislator, nor accept any resignation.
"In view of the weighty issues that have arisen, we are of the view that the matter be considered by us on Tuesday. We are of the view that the status quo as of today with regard to the prevailing situation be maintained. Neither the issue of resignation nor that of disqualification be decided till Tuesday," said the court.
A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices Aniruddha Bose and Deepak Gupta will hear the matter on Tuesday.
The order on status quo was given after hearing counsels--Mukul Rohtagi for the rebel MLAs and Abhishek Manu Singhvi for Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar.
The bench had on Thursday directed the Speaker to meet the rebel MLAs who were asked to give their resignations afresh in person. The speaker met them and took their resignations but did not take any decision saying he has to follow procedures and satisfy himself whether they were genuine and voluntary.
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