We have numbers if Independents are allowed to vote: BJP

BJP claimed that the numbers proved that even if the High Court allows five "disqualified" independent MLAs to vote, the party would still have a majority.

Updated: Oct 14, 2010, 15:54 PM IST

New Delhi: After winning the trust vote
in the Karnataka assembly for the second time in four days,
the BJP on Thursday claimed that the numbers proved that even if the
High Court allows five "disqualified" independent MLAs to
vote, the party would still have a majority.

The BJP also renewed its demand for the removal of
Governor H R Bhardwaj for "acting as an agent of the
Congress".

"We have come back again and this is indeed a historic
moment for Karnataka and for the BJP. The floor test in the
assembly in Karnataka conclusively proves the BJP stand that
it has a majority there," party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy
said.

He claimed that with 106 votes in its favour in the
assembly which now has an effective strength of 208, the
ruling party was "far ahead and beyond" the majority mark of
104 and even if the disqualified MLAs were allowed to vote it
would not affect the government.

"Two MLAs - one from JD(S) and one from BJP -
abstained from voting. If that is so, then the factual
strength of the assembly is 206 and the majority mark 103.

Even if we presume that on October 18, the court allows the
Independent MLAs to vote, we would still have 106 MLAs and the
vote of the Speaker, giving us a majority in a House of 213
members," Rudy said.

Rudy also renewed the party`s demand for the removal
of Bhardwaj.

"Victory of the BJP does not exonerate the Governor of
his actions which has he has done last week and in the last
few months. His role is still under the scanner for his
unconstitutional acts. In order to have stability in
Karnataka, it is important that the Centre recall or sack the
Governor today itself," Rudy said.

BJP also took on the Congress for maintaining all
along that the Yeddyurappa government did not command a
majority.

"After BJP got a majority in the Trust Votes on
October 11 and now October 14, our friends in the Congress-
who were till now talking about majority- have have stopped
talking about majority and are now talking about morality.

This shows that we have won," Rudy said.

The Rajya Sabha MP further alleged that Congress
cannot digest the fact that the BJP has formed its first
government in the South and this was reflected in the way the
Governor challenged the Speaker and suggested to the Centre
that it should impose President`s Rule in the state.

Asked if BJP leaders would again meet the Prime
Minister to demand Bhardwaj`s removal, Rudy said, "We assume
that the Prime Minister has good memory. We met him yesterday
and we have already petitioned the the Prime Minister."

On whether the BJP would take action against the party
MLA who abstained from voting today, Rudy said, "I think it is
a natural consequence that action should be taken when they
have gone against the party."

PTI