Karnataka Trust Vote: Fate of Kumaraswamy’s government to be decided today

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Bengaluru: The trust vote which will decide the fate of 14-month-old Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in Karnataka will take place today.

The house was abruptly adjourned till Friday 11 am amid ruckus during the discussion over the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

The House was adjourned by Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy as the Congress members continuously shouted slogans against the BJP. The BJP MLAs said they will spend the night inside the Assembly in protest against the decision to delay the trust vote.

On Thursday, the Governor Vajubhai Vala had directed Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to prove his majority in the state assembly before 1.30 pm today.

The decision was announced after Vala observed that the resignations of 15 MLAs of the ruling combine and the withdrawal of support by two independents “prima facie” indicated that Kumaraswamy has lost the confidence of the House.

Earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy moved the motion of confidence in the House. However, 20 lawmakers failed to turn up for the proceedings – these included 17 from the ruling coalition, 12 of whom are camping in a hotel in Mumbai.

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