Karnataka Crisis: Governor Asks JDS-Congress Government To Prove Majority On Friday, Even As Protesting BJP MLAs Undergo Medical Checkups
- BJP MLAs staging overnight dharna in the Karnataka Assembly are undergoing medical check-up, while demanding immediate floor test
- Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has written a letter to the Speaker asking the JD(S)-Congress government to prove majority on the asembly floor by 1:30 PM on Friday
- The 14-months old Congress-JD(S) coalition government is on the verge of collapse with numbers favouring BJP as of Thursday
In a bizarre twist to the BJP MLAs' overnight dharna being staged in the Karnataka Assembly on Thursday, visuals have emerged of BJP MLAs undergoing medical check-up from presumably the government doctor.
The video shows BJP Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa along with his party MLAs being checked by medical staff who is seen noting their blood pressure levels. The video also shows the Speaker's secretary asking what the MLAs would prefer for dinner and breakfast.
Governor asks to prove majority, BJP MLAs' overnight dharna
Meanwhile, the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has written a letter to the Speaker asking the JD(S)-Congress government to prove majority on the floor of the assembly (vote of confidence) by 1:30 PM on Friday.
After the Karnataka Assembly trust vote debate was postponed by the Speaker to Friday 11 AM, BJP MLAs had stayed back inside the state Assembly performing an overnight 'dharna' demanding that the Speaker replies to the Governor's letter, demanding a floor test.
Bengaluru: BJP MLAs inside the state Assembly after the House was adjourned for the day. They are on an over night 'dharna' demanding that the Speaker replies to the Governor's letter and holds a floor test. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/GWwYRFzOfT- ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
Earlier in the day, amid the ongoing Floor Test debate in the Karnataka Assembly, Governor Vajubhai Vala had written to Speaker Ramesh Kumar to consider holding the Trust Vote of the Kumaraswamy-led coalition government by the end of the day.
While BJP had welcomed the governor's suggestion, Karnataka Congress MLA HK Patil said that Governor should not interfere in the proceedings of the session as per the constitution. The Speaker then adjourned the house for the day and announced that the debate will be continued on Friday at 11 AM.
Debate in Assembly floor
Previously in the morning, while speaking on the floor of the House over the no-confidence motion debate, CM Kumaraswamy lashed out at the 15 rebel MLAs over false allegations against his stable government in the Supreme Court during the hearing on Wednesday. During the debate, Congress has also blamed BJP after pictures of their party MLA Shrimant Patil, who had gone incommunicado earlier, were found with him admitted at a hospital in Mumbai.
Responding from Mumbai, Patil has said that he had gone to Chennai for some personal work and felt some pain in the chest after which he had been rushed to Mumbai. he has assured that he would return to Bengaluru on recovery.
The 14-months old Congress-JD(S) coalition government is on the verge of collapse with numbers favouring BJP as of Thursday.
Here are the numbers at present:
- BJP - 105 MLAs
- Congress-JD(S) MLAs - 100 including Ramalinga Reddy
- Speaker- 1
- Rebels MLAs- 15
- Independent- 2
- BSP MLA - 1