23 July 2019
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday missed the 6 pm deadline for the floor test set by Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar to prove majority in the House, as he could not complete his reply to the confidence motion he moved on July 18.
While adjourning the House late on Monday night, the Speaker had directed the Chief Minister to ensure that the ruling JD(S)-Congress alliance members completed the debate on his motion by 4 p.m. and his own reply by 5 p.m. so that the floor test could be held by 6 p.m. by division of votes.
Resignations by 15 rebel legislators of the ruling combine from their Assembly segments since July 1 have reduced the 14-month-old shaky coalition government to a minority, forcing a trust vote on the floor of the House.
In his speech on the floor of the house, Kumaraswamy said, "I have never cheated and worked honestly. From day one this government was unstable. I am ready for division of votes and have no intention to drag the trust vote. I will not run away from trust vote."
Meanwhile, Bangalore police declared the imposition of Section 144 across the city today evening. The orders came following clashes between BJP and Congress workers. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) prevents the assembly of five or more people at one spot.
While the restrictions came in place at 6 pm on Tuesday, all pubs, wine shops will be closed till July 25, the police said.