Published On: Sun, Jul 21st, 2019

Rebel Congress, JD-S MLAs seek SC order for floor test on Monday

New Delhi/Bengaluru: The 15 Karnataka rebel Congress and JD-S legislators and 2 Independents on Sunday filed an joint petition in the Supreme Court seeking direction to Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to hold the trust vote by 5 pm on Monday.

We pray for an order directing the floor test in the Karnataka Assembly on the vote of confidence

“We pray for an order directing the floor test in the Karnataka Assembly on the vote of confidence moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on July 18 be conducted forthwith and completed on or before 5 pm on July 22,” said the writ petition by the 15 rebels and two Independents.

The petitions were filed by apex court advocate Disha Rai due to apprehension that the Chief Minister or his ruling Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) coalition partners will make yet another attempt to defer the trial of strength on the trust vote on some pretext or other.

“It is apprehended that the Chief Minister, who is heading the minority government may make himself scarce from the proceedings on Monday, as it is reliably learnt that in a desperate attempt to avoid the trust vote, he (Kumaraswamy) may also rake up an emergent situation and use medical emergencies, including hospitalization to avoid the trust vote,” said the petition.

Apart from it, the two Independent legislators also moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to conduct the trust vote in the Assembly immediately.

The petitioners — R Shankar and H Nagesh — told the court that they have withdrawn their support to the ruling Congress-Janata Dal-Secular coalition.

The Karnataka Assembly was on Friday adjourned till Monday without a floor test despite Governor Vajubhai Vala extending the deadline he gave on Thursday to Kumaraswamy for proving his majority.

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