Karnataka Assembly fails to meet Governor’s deadline

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BENGALURU: The Karnataka Assembly Friday failed to meet the 1.30 pm deadline set by Governor Vajubhai Vala for Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to prove his majority in the House.


The ruling coalition questioned the Governor's power to issue such a direction.

Kumaraswamy cited a Supreme Court verdict that a Governor cannot act as ombudsman of Legislature.

Kumaraswamy said he would not criticise the Governor and requested the Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to decide whether the Governor can set a deadline.

Speaker Ramesh Kumar adjourned the House saying the directive of the Governor applied to the Chief Minister and he can not be forced by any time constraints.

As the debate continued, the speaker adjourned the house at 1.40 pm till 3 pm.

Earlier, the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala had asked Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to prove majority in the Assembly by Friday afternoon.

The Governor had observed that resignation of 15 MLAs of the ruling JDS-Congress and withdrawal of support by two independents "prima facie" indicated Kumaraswamy has lost the confidence of the House.

As many as 16 MLAs -13 from Congress and three from JDS had resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the government, putting it on the edge.

The ruling combine's strength is 117-Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides the Speaker.

With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House, including the nominated MLA and Speaker.

The Congress-JD(S) coalition is making all efforts to protect its government which seems to have fallen short of a majority.

 

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