Karnataka trust vote: Kumaraswamy government falls after losing floor test 99-105
Karnataka trust vote: HD Kumaraswamy led JD(S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka failed to garner the support of 105 state legislature in the floor test.
Karnataka trust vote: After four days of debate in the Karnataka state assembly over the confidence motion moved by the JD(S)-Congress coalition government, the HD Kumaraswamy government failed the assembly floor test by six MLAs. The JD(S)-Congress coalition government managed to get the support of 99 state legislators while those who voted against was 105, informed Karnataka assembly speaker KR Ramesh after the floor test. HD Kumaraswamy government's fall has raised morale of the BJP workers in the state as the six MLAs who didn't vote for the JD(S)-Congress coalition government are supposed to have switched their loyalty to the BJP — the principal opposition and the single largest party in the state assembly.
Informing about the result of the floor test Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar told the members of the House, "Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has lost the floor test, as 99 votes were in favour of the confidence motion and 105 against it." Of the 225-member Karnataka Assembly, 20 were not present in the House for the floor test.
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Karnataka, home to India's tech hub of Bengaluru, is the only one of India`s five southern states where BJP holds power. The BJP has been trying to widen its support base beyond the north and west and Karnataka is seen as a beachhead for advancing into the south long dominated by regional parties. BJP has 105 MLAs in the assembly and it has the support of one independent and KPJP which has one legislature in the house.
(With inputs from IANS)