Written byRamya Patelkhana ·
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh has adjourned the House till July 22 (Monday), ignoring Governor Vajubhai Vala's directions to hold the trust vote by Friday itself. The Assembly floor test will now be held on Monday.
Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader S Siddaramaiah said that the ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition will face the trust vote on Monday.
"No matter what you say, I cannot sit anymore," Speaker Ramesh said, adjourning the House till 11am Monday.
"I don't want to allow division of votes in a hurry or want to delay it. You put the blame in my court...," he said.
He, however, made it clear that the trust vote will take place on Monday and the matter wouldn't be prolonged further.
Karnataka Assembly Session has been adjourned till July 22. The trust vote will be held on Monday, July 22. pic.twitter.com/219kBE6eCv— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019
The Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka on Friday missed two deadlines set by the Governor to prove its majority in the House.
He first issued a deadline of 1:30pm for the trust vote. However, it had lapsed, following which the House was adjourned till 3pm. Later, Governor Vala directed CM HD Kumaraswamy to finish the floor test by 6pm, which was also missed.
Before the Assembly was adjourned, Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyurappa demanded the trust vote be held on Friday.
He told the Speaker, "We respect you, Speaker sir. Governor's last letter said the vote should finish today. People on our side will sit peacefully till late in the night. Let it take however long it takes...it will also mean that we can respect Governor's direction."
CM Kumaraswamy, meanwhile, moved the Supreme Court against its July 17 verdict that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the Assembly proceedings or take part in the trust vote.
Challenging the Governor's directions on the trust vote and deadlines set by him to complete the same, he also said that these were in "contravention" of the top court's earlier verdict.
In his application, challenging the Governor's direction, Kumaraswamy said, "No such direction on trust vote could have been issued by Governor when confidence motion was already initiated." He cited a previous SC verdict that a Governor can't act as the "ombudsman" of the Legislature.
Karnataka Deputy CM Dr. G Parameshwara confirmed on Twitter that the ruling coalition government moved the Supreme Court over two major issues.
"Parties have the right to issue whips to their legislators & this cannot be taken away by any court. Second, when the house is in session, Governor can't issue directions or deadlines to when we should have a trust vote," he tweeted.
We have approached Supreme Court to contend two major issues:— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) July 19, 2019
Parties have the right to issue whips to their legislators this cannot be taken away by any court.
When the house is in session, Governor can't issue directions or deadlines to when we should have a trust vote.
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