Karnataka CM to face trial of strength

Last Updated: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 08:59

Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister BS
Yeddyurappa will face the trial of strength in the state
Assembly on Monday under a surcharged atmosphere triggered off by
disqualification of 16 rebel MLAs, including 11 BJP men, by
the Speaker.

A beleaguered Yeddyurappa, whose government has been
reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by 19
MLAs -- 14 BJP and five independents -- will be moving a one-line
motion seeking the confidence of the House under a directive
from Governor HR Bhardwaj.

Following the disqualification of 16 MLAs, the
effective strength of the 224-member Assembly has been reduced
to 208, with the ruling side commanding the strength of 108 as
against the combined opposition strength of 101. Congress has
73 members and JDS 28.

There is a lone independent Varthur Prakash in the
House, besides a nominated Anglo Indian member.

The Governor had said yesterday in his letter to the
Speaker that any decision that emerged in the House from a
vitiated proceedings will not be acceptable to him.

Bhardwaj had communicated to the Speaker not to change
the configuration of the House strength and maintain status
quo as on October 6, the day rebels submitted him a list
of 19 MLAs withdrawing support to the BJP government.

PTI



First Published: Monday, October 11, 2010 - 08:59

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