Karnataka chief minister Yediyurappa wins trust vote
BJP state president and Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa faced a smooth sail of trust votes as the disqualification of 17 rebel MLAs by the Speaker had reduced the sufficient strength of the 225-member Assembly to 208.
Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday (July 29) proved his majority in the Assembly by winning the confidence motion by a voice vote.
With the numbers game favouring the BJP government, the Congress and JD(S) did not press for division on the one-line motion moved by Yediyurappa that the House expresses confidence in his three-day-old ministry.
As the Opposition did not press for division, the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar declared that a voice vote had passed the motion.
The BJP was expected to have a smooth sail with the trust vote, as the disqualification of 17 rebel MLAs by the Speaker on Sunday (July 28) had reduced the adequate strength of the 225-member Assembly to 208.
The magic figure for the simple majority was 105, equivalent to the strength of the BJP, which also commanded the support of an Independent.
Presently, the state Congress has 66 members, JDS 34, the Speaker one (who has a casting vote in case of a tie) and one expelled BSP member who was thrown out of the party for violating its directive to vote for the HD Kumaraswamy government during the trust vote on July 23.