BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Friday said he would not misuse power to save his government.
He was speaking on the confidence motion moved by him in the Assembly to decide the fate of his ministry.
Kumaraswamy began his speech after Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar made it clear when the House commenced its proceedings there was no scope for any other discussion except the trust vote.
"After 14 months in power, we have come to the final stage. Let's have a discussion. You can still form the government. Nothing urgent. You can do it on Monday or Tuesday also. I am not going to misuse power," Kumaraswamy told the BJP.
“From the day I came to power, I know it won't be for long. How long you will sit in power, I am here to see. How stable your government will be with the people who are now helping you", he added.
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many as 16 MLAs -13 from Congress and three from JDS had resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the government, putting it on the edge.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.
With inputs from PTI