Bengaluru, May 19: Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa may resign if numbers are not in his favour in the crucial floor test at Karnataka Assembly that is scheduled for 4 PM today. The CM has reportedly been told by higher leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that if at the eleventh hour he feels that he does not have the majority then he can follow Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s foot steps and resign. A report has also claimed that the Chief Minister has sought an appointment with Governor Vajubhai Vala right after his speech. (Live Updates on Karnataka Political Row)
Meanwhile, the Congress is confident that Yeddyurappa will resign before the trust vote. “I am sure he will resign before the trust vote, Congress leader DK Shivakumar was quoted as saying by ANI.
In Karnataka Elections 2018, the BJP won 104 of the 222 seats, falling eight short of the 112-halfway mark. The Congress bagged 78 seats and the JD-S 37 along with its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The Karnataka Assembly has a total strength of 224. Elections to two seats were deferred and voting took place for 222 seats. The total number in the House will go down from 222 to 221 as HD Kumaraswamy, who contested from two seats and won from both, will have to vacate one seat. (Karnataka Assembly Floor Test: All You Need to Know About The Number Game)
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court rejected Congress-JD(S) combine plea over the appointment of KG Bopanaih as pro tem speaker of Karnataka Assembly for the floor test. The top court said Bopaiah will continue to be the pro tem speaker while saying that live broadcast of floor test would be the best way to ensure transparency of proceedings.
Congress Accuses BS Yeddyurappa of Poaching its MLAs
The Congress on Saturday released an audio clip on its official Twitter handle accusing BS Yeddyurappa of poaching party MLAs. In the alleged telephonic conversation, Yeddyurappa tells Congress MLA BC Patil to not to go to Kochi and lures him by saying that he will be made a minister. “Once you go back to Kochi, the matter is closed because we won’t be able to catch you,” Yeddyurappa reportedly said.
In another alleged conversation tweeted out by the Congress, BJP’s Janardhana Reddy can be heard offering money to a Congress MLA. “I’ll arrange a meeting with the National President. You’ll become a minister. You’ll make 100 times the wealth you made so far” BJP’s Janardhana Reddy’s offer to Congress MLA exposes the depths to which the BJP can sink for power. “Na khaunga, na khane dunga”, @narendramodi,” Congress’s tweet read.
Meanwhile, two ‘missing’ MLAs of the Congress, Pratap Gowda Patil and Anand Singh, were traced to Goldfinch Hotel in Bengaluru. Gowda has reportedly reached Vidhana Soudha ahead of the floor test.