August 22, 2019 | 3:18 PM IST
K’taka coalition

Hit by mass resignations K’taka coalition to face trust vote on Thursday

Karnataka’s ruling Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition will take the floor test on Thursday at 11 am. This news was confirmed by former chief minister and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Monday 

Earlier during the day, the BJP sought to move a no-confidence motion against the Congress JDS government, which is struggling after 16 lawmakers resigned from the assembly. Their resignations are yet to be accepted as the matter is pending before the Apex Court which will hear the case again on Tuesday. These lawmakers are currently camping in Mumbai and have sought police protection against the Congress and JDS leaders who may try to meet them. 

These lawmakers have not turned up for the assembly proceedings that began on Friday last. CM Kumaraswamy too on Friday announced he would seek a trust vote to end the confusion and asserted ‘he was ready for everything’.

It may be noted that the ruling coalition total strength is 116, besides the speaker. On the other hand the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member house. If the resignations are accepted the coalition tally will go below 100 while the half-way mark is 113.

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