Yeddyurappa wins trust vote; slams opposition, Governor

Taking the floor test for the fourth time, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday won the vote of confidence in the state assembly amid empty Opposition benches following walkout by Congress and boycott by JDS.

Last Updated: Jun 03, 2011, 00:02 AM IST

Bangalore: Taking the floor test for the
fourth time, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa on Thursday
won the vote of confidence in the state assembly amid empty
Opposition benches following walkout by Congress and boycott
by JDS.

With ruling partymen present in full strength barring
a lone member -- Chandappa Naik -- due to personal problems,
Yeddyurappa secured "ayes" from 119 members for his one line
motion with none opposing it in the 224-member house.
This is the fourth vote of confidence sought by
Yeddyurappa since May 2008 after the first-ever BJP government
in the south came to power.

Amid uproarious scenes triggered by exchange of words
between Congress leader Siddaramaiah and Speaker K G Bopaiah,
Yeddyurappa moved the confidence motion, saying "I want to
tell people of the state that my government enjoyed majority.

"To prove that we are united, there was a need to tell
people that the opposition is trying to trouble the government
even after it commanded majority."

Yeddyurappa`s move comes close on the heels of the
recent political turmoil that had created a cloud of political
uncertainty.

Triggering a crisis, Governor H R Bhardwaj had
recommended imposition of President`s rule after the Supreme
Court recently quashed the Speaker`s order disqualifying 11
BJP rebel MLAs and six Independents. The Centre rejected
Bhardwaj`s report.

Taking a swipe at Bhardwaj, Yeddyurappa said, "The
governor says in public that my government enjoys majority but
stealthily recommends its dismissal from Raj Bhavan."
Before walking out after a heated exchange with
Bopaiah, Siddaramaih told him, "We have no confidence in you.
This House has no confidence in you. You and Chief Minister
should quit".

Five independent MLAs also followed Congress members.

Soon after this, Bopaiah put the motion to vote after
Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar pressed
for head count.

Speaking to reporters later, Yeddyurappa recalled
similar exercise he had to undergo on three occasions and the
Governor recommending President`s rule despite proving his
majority.

"Fortunately, the Prime Minister and Home Minister
rejected the Governor`s recommendations saying that they would
not do any unconstitutional acts," he said.

He lashed out opposition parties for their
"dictatorial" attitude towards his government from day one and
accused them of attempts to capture power through the backdoor
misusing the office of the governor.

"On many occasions in the last three years, people
have reposed faith in my party and in all elections they
supported BJP. People helped us to ensure a stable government.
But opposition constantly made efforts to destabilise an
elected government with full majority," Yeddyurappa charged.

Yeddyurappa ruled out resignation of Bopaiah, saying
he will continue for the remaining two years.

PTI