Karnataka Assembly set for another trial of strength tomorrow

The BJP government will seek a second vote of confidence in the Assembly tomorrow but its result will be subject to the HC orders on the Speaker`s disqualification of 16 MLAs.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 22:24 PM IST

Bangalore: In a new twist to the
political battle in Karnatka, the BJP government will seek a
second vote of confidence in the Assembly tomorrow but its
result will be subject to the High Court orders on the
Speaker`s disqualification of 16 MLAs.

The second trial of strength for Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa, who won a controversial trust vote on Monday,
comes after he accepted Governor H R Bhardwaj`s call for a
fresh vote yesterday.

The first saffron government in the South, which was
reduced to a minority after 16 MLAs, including 11 of the BJP,
withdrew support, may sail through in tomorrow`s vote with the
support of about 106 MLAs while the Opposition--JD(S) 73 and
Congress 28--has the support of 101 in a House with an
effective strength of 208.

One Independent MLA, who was with the Opposition on
Monday, could now now be backing BJP, sources in BJP claimed.

But there is uncertainty over the result of
tomorrow`s vote with the High Court today ordering that
"proceedings in the Assembly tomorrow are ordered to be
subject to the decision on the writ petitions (against Speaker
K G Bopaiah disqualifying 16 MLAs) before the High Court".
The Court had yesterday reserved prders in the case
relating to 11 BJP MLAs and adjourned proceedings in the case
of other 5 Independent MLAs to Oct 18.

Lawyers said that today`s court order may mean that
if the Court upholds the Speaker`s decision on
disqualification then the status quo after tomorrow`s vote may
remain. But if the Speaker`s decision is overturned, then it
could force another floor test in the Assembly.

-PTI