Karnataka Guv offers CM one more chance to prove majority
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 14:51
Bangalore: Terming the controversial floor test by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa as "farce", Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj Tuesday offered him another chance to seek a fresh trust vote on Thursday to prove his majority in the state Assembly.

"I am prepared to give you another opportunity to hold a fresh vote to support your contention by October 14 at 11:00 am," Bhardwaj said at a press conference here.

He said he had sent a letter to Yeddyurappa asking him to "demonstratively and constitutionally" prove his majority on the floor of the House.

Bhardwaj said he found that the trust vote taken yesterday was a "farce" as there was no clear mention of the number of votes cast in favour and against the motion of confidence moved by the Chief Minister.

"The Speaker simply said that the motion was carried by a voice vote," he said, adding there cannot be a voice vote in such a crucial matter.

Bhardwaj said that the presence of a large number of uniformed police and unauthorised personnel in the Assembly had vitiated the atmosphere in the House.

Asked about his report to the Centre recommending the imposition of President's Rule in the state, Bhardwaj merely said it is based on the proceedings in the House yesterday.

He also observed that this was not the first time that the Yeddyurappa government was in trouble and pointed that the Reddy brothers had "hijacked" 50 MLAs on an earlier occasion.

"The Chief Minister was in tears ... I had sympathy for him. I have fully cooperated with the Chief Minister on all matters," he said, rejecting Yeddyurappa's charge that he was not fair to his government.

The Governor's missive came even as the Karnataka High Court resumed hearing on the petition filed by 16 disqualified dissident MLAs challenging Speaker K G Bopaiah's action yesterday.

Amidst pandemonium, Bopaiah had declared that the confidence motion moved by the Chief Minister was carried by a voice vote.

Opposition parties, however, criticised the Speaker's action, saying there was no division of votes and claimed that there were more MLAs opposed to the government than those supporting it.

The Speaker, however, contended that no member pressed for a division.

Bhardwaj pointed out in his letter that immediately after yesterday's session, he received delegations of MLAs from all parties and independents raising serious objection over the manner in which the proceedings were held under the "intimidating" circumstances.

"When the proceedings were held, the House was not in order with the presence of outsiders who are not entitled to be in the House", he said in an apparent reference to the presence of members of the Upper House.

Bhardwaj said there were also complaints that persons who are not members of the Assembly were also raising their voice and the motion was disposed of in a split of a second. "The original purpose of summoning the House to enable you to demonstrate that you continue to command the support of majority of the members of the legislative Assembly has not been served", the Governor noted.

"Yesterday afternoon, we have received a verbatim record of the proceedings of the Assembly held between 10.05 and 10.10 am. After carefully examining the verbatim proceedings of the Assembly on October 11, I find that after the motion was moved, the number of members of the Legislative Assembly supporting you motion and against it has not been recorded.

As a matter of fact, numbers of Members present and voting "Ayes" and Nos" have not been recorded", he pointed out.


First Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 14:51

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