Bengaluru, May 24: The Karnataka Legislative Assembly is scheduled to meet tomorrow for the floor test of the newly formed Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government headed by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. Though only a few hours remain for the crucial floor test, the Congress and JD(S) MLAs are still in a luxury resort and hotel in Bengaluru City. Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
According to a PTI report, Congress MLAs are at the Hilton Embassy Golflinks at Domlur, while their JD(S) counterparts are staying at Prestige Golfshire Resort off Devanahallion the outskirts of Bengaluru city. The legislators have been staying away from their families for the last nine days, ever since the results of Karnataka Assembly elections were declared. Also Read - More Nuanced, Compassionate Approach Required to Deal With Crisis: Rahul Gandhi on Lockdown
“Our MLAs will be in the resort till the floor test is over. They will then be free to unite with their families. There is a wrong impression that our MLAs are confined. If this is confinement, then everybody would wish to be like them. People are forgetting that they are in the top luxury resort, which ordinary people cannot afford,” a Congress leader, requesting anonymity, told PTI. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: 22 Rebel Congress MLAs Join BJP, Day After Kamal Nath's Resignation as Chief Minister
He rejected the claim that the lawmakers were forced to submit their mobile phones. “They have their phones with them and they are talking to their families. Some people are spreading rumours to ensure that the new government fails the floor test,” he said. JD (S) media cell in-charge Sadananda made a similar statement.
“Our MLAs will go back to their constituencies once the floor test is over. Nobody has taken away their mobile phones. They are freely talking to their family members,” the JD(S) leader said. The adjourned meeting of the first session of the newly constituted 15th assembly has been convened to meet at 12:15 pm, an intimation sent to the MLAs read.
Official sources said the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speake besides the floor test is scheduled to take place the same day. Kumaraswamy and Deputy chief minister, G Parameshwara of the Congress were sworn on Wednesday in a star-studded affair with a galaxy of opposition leaders displaying unity for building a possible anti-BJP bloc for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
With the fall of BJP’s three-day-old government headed by B S Yeddyurappa on May 19, Governor Vajubhai Vala had invited the Kumaraswamy-led coalition to form the government and prove its majority in the House within 15 days.
The Congress-JD(S) coalition, which claims the support of 117 members, has decided on Congress’ Ramesh Kumar, a former minister, as its candidate for the speaker’s post, while the deputy speaker’s post has been given to a JD(S) candidate.