Bangalore: Karnataka Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa today expectedly won a vote of confidence in the
truncated state Assembly, a victory which will depend on the
High Court`s decision on the disqualification of 16 MLAs.
Facing the second trial of strength in four days,
Yeddyurappa`s motion expressing confidence in his council of
ministers was carried by 106 votes supporting it and 100
The BJP had the support of 105 MLAs and an Independent
MLA, while Congress had 73, JD(S) 27 in a house of 206.
The proceedings were orderly and the vote was taken
through head count unlike the pandemonium that surrounded
Monday`s controversial vote that was declared passed by a
One Independent MLA, who was with the Opposition on
Monday, sided with the Government today.
Earlier, Speaker K G Bopaiah rejected a plea of the
Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah for postponing today`s vote
in view of the hearing on disqualification petitions by the
Karnataka High Court. The House was adjourned sine die later.
Two MLAs-- Manappa Vajjal from BJP and M C Ashwath of
JD(S) were absent from the House, which brought down the
effective strength of the 224-member assembly to 206.
Sixteen MLAs -- 11 from BJP and five Independents --
were disqualified under anti-defection law on October 10 by
the Speaker ahead of the Monday`s vote which has been
challeneged in the High Court.
The court has reserved its orders on the plea of the
BJP MLAs for quashing the Speaker`s orders, while it adjourned
hearing on the plea of the Independent MLAs to Monday.
Yeddyurappa was forced to go in for the second trial
of strength after Governor H R Bhardwaj rejected the result of
the Monday vote as "farce" and gave him another chance on
Tuesday, which the BJP accepted.
On Monday evening, Bhardwaj had recommended to the
Centre imposition of President`s rule in Karnataka holding
that the Constitution machinery had broken down.
The High Court also did not provide interim
relief to disqualified MLAs and with the number favouring him
in the assembly; Yeddyurappa accepted the Governor`s offer to
take the floor test, the second time.