Karnataka floor test LIVE updates: 'Impossible', says CJI on listing Independent MLAs' plea today
Karnataka floor test LIVE updates: The Supreme Court Monday refused to give an early hearing to the plea of two Independent Karnataka MLAs seeking directions to the Speaker to conclude the floor test before 5 pm today. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “Impossible. We have never done this before. Tomorrow we may see to it.”
Meanwhile, BJP leaders arrived at the Vidhan Soudha for the crucial floor test. Ahead of the vote, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has appealed the rebel MLAs to “return” and to explain the Assembly how the BJP “sabotaged democratic edifice and destroyed its sanctity.” In an open letter, the CM invited the lawmakers to discuss their issues, adding that he was not trying to “cling onto power.”
The confidence motion was moved on Thursday but the vote did not take place despite two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala. Stung by the resignation of 15 MLAs, the strength of Kumaraswamy government in the 225-member Assembly will likely slip to 102 MLAs. In comparison, the opposition BJP has 105 MLAs and the support of two Independents. In a relief for the government, BSP chief Mayawati has directed her party’s lone one legislator in Karnataka to side with the alliance.
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