Karnataka Guv offers CM one more chance to prove majority
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
"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
"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
Amidst pandemonium, Bopaiah had declared that the
confidence motion moved by the Chief Minister was carried by a
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
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
"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
As a matter of fact, numbers of Members present and
voting "Ayes" and Nos" have not been recorded", he pointed
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