BS Yediyurappa took oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka on Friday.
BS Yediyurappa, who took oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka on Friday, won the a confidence motion today in a special session in the assembly, which was called to prove his government's majority.
Mr Yediyurappa, 76, comfortably won the confidence motion after the majority mark in the House has slid to 105 - a number the BJP had. On Sunday, 11 rebel lawmakers of the Congress and three from HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular were disqualified by Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, bringing down the strength of the House to 208. All the lawmakers have been disqualified from the assembly till the end of its term, which calls for by-elections in all 16 constituencies.
The BJP had staked claim to power after the 14-month-old coalition government failed the trust vote last week. The coalition could scrape up only 99 votes against the BJP's 105. The test of strength took place after 13 lawmakers of the Congress and three from the JDS resigned and two Independent lawmakers, who were supporting the government, switched sides earlier this month.
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The Speaker's action came soon after BS Yediyurappa won the one-line confidence motion by voice vote and the House passed the Appropriation Bill, a day after KR Ramesh disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs, in addition to the three earlier.
"I have decided to relieve myself from this office....I have decided to resign," the Speaker said and handed over his resignation letter to the Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy. "I have upheld the dignity of office to the best of my ability," he added.
Soon after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddiyurappa won the confidence motion, Speaker KR Ramesh resigns
Siddaramaiah, accepting the outcome of the voice vote, said: "Because we have very little time, we accept it"
BS Yediyurappa wins confidence motion through voice vote after Speaker KR Ramesh says he has to rush to Hyderabad
"All that has happened with the rebels, with power - all this will go down in history. There are people sitting on my side today, in an attempt to sway them, I request you to not bring them to the streets next": HD Kumaraswamy
"I ran government for 14 months. I have no obligation to answer your (BS Yediyurappa) questions. I need to answer to my conscience. From past 14 months, everything was being recorded. People know what work I have done," HD Kumaraswamy was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
"We Hope BS Yediyurappa Will Be Chief Minister But...": Siddarmaiah Addresses Assembly
"We hope you (BS Yediyurappa) will be chief minister but there is no guarantee of that. You are with the rebels, can you give a stable government? It's impossible! I oppose this confidence motion because the reason is this government is unconstitutional and immoral," Siddaramaiah said today as he spoke in the assembly.
"Unfortunately, BS Yediyurappa has never been the chief minister with people's mandate. Where's the mandate? You didn't have it in 2008, 2018 or even now. When he took oath there were 222 MLAs in House, where did BJP have 112 MLAs for majority? They had 105 seats. That is not mandate," he said.
Love People Who Oppose Me: BS Yediyurappa
"When Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy were chief ministers, they didn't indulge in vindictive politics. Administration has failed and we'll set it right. I assure the House that we won't indulge in vindictive politics either. I believe in forget&forgive," BS Yediyurappa said as he addressed the house.
"I love people who oppose me as well. I want to thank Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and JP Nadda," he said.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa moves confidence motion in the assembly as special session begins, news agency PTI reports.
Congress rebels Ramesh Jarakiholi, Mahesh Kumathalli, and independent legislator R Shankar going will file petition in the Supreme Court today, challenging their disqualification.
Ahead of the crucial test in the assembly, Mr Yediyurappa, 76, offered prayers at a temple in Bengaluru this morning.
- Five legislators, who have been disqualified, returned to Bengaluru along with the another independent lawmaker MLA Nagesh.
- B Basvaraj, S T Someahekhar, Muniratna, MTB Nagraj, S Hebbar returned to Bengaluru this morning.
- Independent MLA Nagesh would vote for Yeddyurappa