The political drama in Karnataka will likely reach its climax Thursday as the H D Kumaraswamy government faces a floor test in the state legislative Assembly. The Chief Minister has moved a confidence motion, and a debate is underway. The trust vote comes after a spate of resignations by MLAs from the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition government since July 6.
A day before the scheduled vote, the Supreme Court, in an interim order, left it to the Speaker to decide on the resignations of 13 Congress and three JD(S) rebel MLAs. The bench, however, ordered that the MLAs should not be “compelled” to attend proceedings. If the Speaker accepts their resignations or disqualifies them from the House, the number of MLAs in the ruling coalition will fall below 113, the required number to prove majority.
The Congress, meanwhile, issued a whip to all its MLAs, including the 16 who resigned, to attend the trust vote as well as a separate whip to vote for the coalition. With 16 MLAs resigning, the strength of the coalition is likely to fall to 101 from 117. The BJP has 105 MLAs in the 224-member House.
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