Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy won a vote of confidence in the assembly for his three-day old Congress-JD(S) coalition government.
Kumaraswamy won with 117 votes after he moved the one-line motion following the unanimous election of Congress MLA Ramesh Kumar as Speaker.
BJP lawmakers however walked out of the assembly before the trust vote was conducted. BS Yeddyurappa, who was named leader of opposition, threatened the government with a state-wide stir if farm loan waivers were not waived by Monday, leading to the walk out.
BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, who was sworn in as the chief minister on May 17, resigned two days later just ahead of a floor test as the national party has 104 MLAs.
The 224-member Assembly has an effective strength of 221, as election for Jayanagar seat was countermanded following the death of the BJP candidate, and deferred in RR Nagar over allegations of electoral malpractices.
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4.08 pm: Congress’ DK Shivakumar responds to BJP’s call for state-wide bandh on May 28 in case chief minister doesn’t waive off farmer loans.
“They cannot waste public money, if a law and order problem in created it’ll be because of them. They cannot force and blackmail us, we are a responsible govt and cannot act to wishes of BJP,” says Shivakumar.
3:46pm: Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy wins floor test after 117 MLAs vote in his favour.
3:40pm: Bommai says coalition government doesn’t have the people’s mandate.
3:39pm: BJP legislator Basavaraj Bommai, who walked out of the assembly, says Yeddyurappa has torn the Congress into pieces. Predicts the government will collapse soon. DK Shivkumar will likely break the coalition, Bommai says.
3:35pm: BJP legislator R Ashok says they have no faith in Kumaraswamy.
3:24pm: Kumaraswamy says he has never attacked anyone personally. Yeddyurappa, in speech, said his fight was not with the Congress but with JD(S) leaders Kumaraswamy and his father HD Gowda.
3:23pm: BJP lawmakers begin walking out of the assembly.
3:22pm: Yeddyurappa calls for farmer loans to be waived by Monday, threatening to launch a stir.
3:21pm: Yeddyurappa raises issues of farmers loans. The BJP leader had earlier said the party would launch a party-wide stir if the ruling alliance did not waive farmer loans within 24 hours.
3:17pm: Yeddyurappa appeals to his colleagues to let him speak.
3:16pm: MLAs get into a heated argument over Yeddurappa’s comments.
3:15pm: Yeddyurappa calls the Congress-JD(S) coalition a sinking ship, NDTV reports.
3:04pm: Yeddyurappa addresses assembly.
2:59pm: BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa recognised as leader of the opposition in Karnataka Assembly.
2:09pm: The decision caused a strain in his relationship with his father, says Kumaraswamy.
2:07pm: The CM says when the JD(S) formed a coalition with the BJP, none from the high command were part of the decision making process.
2:05pm: Kumarswamy says he was hurt when in 2006 the BJP, the JD(S) coalition partner at the time, accused him of taking a Rs 150 crore bribe.
2:04pm: Kumaraswamy reiterates the secular nature of his father, indicates that the alliance with the Congress was a natural choice.
2:02pm: My father was never after power, our actions have always been for the people, he says.
2pm: Kumaraswamy says the decision to tie up with the Congress now after tying up with the BJP a decade ago is way for him to cleanse himself of the guilt. His ties with the BJP back then strained ties between his father and him, he adds.
1:59pm: Taking our MLAs away from their families and putting them up in hotels were measures we took to protect our lawmakers, says Kumaraswamy.
1:58pm: Kumaraswamy says the Governor’s move to invite the BJP to form government and give the party 15 days to prove majority were the grounds for suspicion.
1:56pm: The CM recounts the events that have led to this point in the assembly which will soon vote in a floor test.
1:54pm: Kumaraswamy says the irony of the situation is that the JD(S) was earlier backed by the BJP against the Congress, but the party is now being supported by Congress.
1:53pm: Kumaraswamy says he received call from Parameshwara and Ghulam Nabi Azad as soon as the results of the election began trickling in. He thanks the party, right from its high command down to the state leaders, to making the coalition happen.
1:51pm: The CM brings up the split in the house between the single largest party and the majority coalition.
1:51pm: Kumaraswamy wonders if he can leave behind the tag of ‘controversy’.
1:49pm: Kumaraswamy tables motion for trust vote. Addresses assembly in Kannada.
1:48pm: Speaker Ramesh Kumar responds to speeches made by MLAs congratulating him.
1:04pm: Speaker Ramesh Kumar invites MLAs to keep their speeches brief so they may move ahead with the day’s business.
12:55pm: Siddaramaiah lays out the difficulties the Speaker will likely face during his tenure, expressing confidence in Ramesh Kumar’s abilities to handle the position.
12:53pm: Siddaramaiah says Ramesh Kumar brings with him rich experience to the post of Speaker.
12:47pm: Congress leader Siddaramaiah recounts Ramesh Kumar’s first tenure as Speaker.
12:45pm: Deputy CM Parameshwara congratulates Ramesh Kumar on his appointment.
12:39pm: BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa says the party’s candidate, Suresh Kumar, withdrew his nomination for Speaker to uphold the position, so there may be a unanimous choice. “The Speaker’s post belongs to no party,” says the former CM. Fellow party MLAs thump their desks in approval.
12:39pm: Kumaraswamy congratulates Ramesh Kumar on his appointment
12:38pm: The chief minister says he is counting on Ramesh Kumar’s experience to handle the proceedings of the House.
12:37pm: Ramesh Kumar was the Speaker when my father (HD Gowda) was chief minister, says Kumaraswamy.
12:36pm: Kumaraswamy says there were doubts over Ramesh Kumar holding the Speaker position given his young age. However, Kumar brought dignity to the office in his first stint in the 90s.
12:35pm: CM Kumaraswamy addresses assembly.
12:28pm: Congress’ Ramesh Kumar elected as Speaker of Karnataka Assembly: ANI.
12:24pm: Senior BJP leader Suresh Kumar withdraws nomination for the Karnataka assembly Speaker’s post, reports PTI.
12:21pm: Assembly session convenes.
12:20pm: Congress leader and former CM Siddaramaiah, and BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa are present at the meeting.
11:53am: Congress Legislative Party meeting underway in Vidhana Soudha.
11am: Congress MLAs reach Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru ahead of floor test and election of assembly speaker.
9:30am: Chief minister Kumaraswamy is confident of winning the floor test. “I have no tension, I am going to win clearly,” he tells