Karnataka Crisis Live: ‘Ready for No-confidence Motion’ after HDK’s Announcement: On Saturday, Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa stated in a statement that the opposition is set for a no-confidence motion. The statement was made just after a day when Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy made a surprise declaration in the Assembly that he would look for a trust vote.
Yeddyurappa said to the news agency as quoted, “We have no objection to a no-confidence motion. We will wait until Monday when we are ready to face the no-confidence motion,”
The party is going to press Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in order to seek a trust vote in the Assembly on Monday, said Yeddyurappa. He stated, “On Monday morning at the Business Advisory Committee meeting, we will advise that the chief minister’s commitment be fulfilled,”
As per to the sources, at the Business Advisory Committee meeting which was held on Friday, Kumaraswamy had offered that the trust vote is conducted on Wednesday. But at that time no conclusion was made as the principal opposition BJP were not present at the meeting.
Yeddyurappa after pointing out Kumaraswamy has evidently lost mainstream with the resignation of the total number of 16 MLAs and two independents withdrawing support, said that it was better for him to quit and walk out allowing a new government in order to take over to work for the people of the state.
He then further added by saying that “The chief minister himself has said in the Assembly that without the support of MLAs, he would not like to continue and hence would be moving a motion seeking trust vote. Let us wait till Monday if he is going to move confidence motion we have no objection. We will wait till Monday,”
In the meantime, senior Congress leaders started back-channel negotiations in order to induce the discontented MLAs who have resigned from the Assembly.
DK Shivakumar, who is the Congress Water Resources Minister have also reached the residence of Housing Minister MTB Nagaraj at around 5 am on Saturday and was there for almost four-and-a-half hours to appease him.
Apparently, as per to some recent reports, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara has also reached Nagaraj’s house in order to persuade him to pull out the resignation. Nagaraj had also resigned from the MLA post on Wednesday.
Nagaraj is one of the 16 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs who resigned from the Assembly. He also said that senior Congress leaders met him and asked him to withdraw his resignation.
Flanked by Parameshwara, Shivakumar and several other leaders, Nagaraj said, “Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao called me and requested me to withdraw the resignation and stay in the party. I have sought time to mull over it. I told them I will speak to Chikkaballapura MLA Sudhakar and persuade him to withdraw his resignation. We are planning to stay here only,”
Also, a same kind of effort was also made on to convince MLAs Ramalinga Reddy, Munirathna as well as R Roshan Baig. In an effort to keep the flock together in advance of the floor test that is to be expected for the duration of the approaching week, both the parties, Congress as well as BJP moved their MLAs to hotel and resorts.