Bangalore/New Delhi: Opposition parties
on Thursday said Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa`s second
Trust Vote victory was "transitory and temporary" and just a
"semi-final" win, as it pinned hopes on a favourable ruling
from the High court over disqualification of the 16 MLAs.
The ruling BJP on its part said the floor test in the
assembly in Karnataka conclusively proved it has a majority
support with Yeddyurappa asserting he had created a "history
of sorts" by winning the trust vote for a second time in a gap
of three days.
The Karnataka High Court has adjourned to Monday hearing
on the petitions by 11 BJP MLAs and five Independents
challenging their disqualification by the Speaker ahead of the
first Trust Vote on Monday. The court yesterday made it clear
that the outcome of today`s Floor test will be subject to its
ruling on the petitions.
"In the history of the country, there is no instance
of a government proving majority within three days after
winning the trust vote", the chief minister said.
"I have created history of sorts by winning the Trust
Vote for the second time in three days", a beaming Yeddyurappa
told reporters in Bangalore after winning the motion of
confidence by 106-100 votes.
Congress slammed as "vitiated" and "subverted" the Trust
"The intent of BJP from day one was to convert a
minority government into a majority government and by using
money and muscle power, BJP has been able to prove its
majority in this vitiated vote of confidence," Party
spokesperson Manish Tiwari told reporters in New Delhi.
Law Minister and former Karnataka Chief Minister
Veerappa Moily said the BJP victory was only "transitory" in
"Much would depend on the court ruling," he said.
Leader of the Opposition and Congress leader
Siddaramaiah said "This is only the semi-final".
Siddaramaiah said Congress was awaiting the High Court
ruling while the working President of the party`s Karnataka
unit D K Shiv Kumar described BJP victory as a partial win
since the disqualfied MLAs did not participate.
JD(S) leader and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy
said the Trust Vote victory was "temporary".
"They(BJP) can only enjoy for some time. Maximum for 10
days," he said.
"Yeddyurappa need not be swayed by the temporary
victory. Wait for the High court verdict. The question whether
BJP has majority or not is decided then", Kumaraswamy said.
BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said "We have come
back again and this is indeed a historic moment for Karnataka
and for the BJP. The floor test conclusively proves the BJP
stand that it has a majority there."
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 vote of the Speaker,
giving us a majority in a House of 213members," Rudy said.