The long-awaited floor test in the Karnataka assembly was held today. HD Kumaraswamy and his coalition government have won the floor test with 117 votes cast for them. According to reports, all the MLAs od the BJP staged a walkout before the floor test.
— Times of India (@timesofindia) May 25, 2018
JD(S) leader and newly sworn-in CM of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy moved a motion of confidence in the assembly today. Earlier, Congress leader Ramesh Kumar was appointed speaker of the assembly. BJP had reportedly withdrawn the nomination of its candidate Suresh Kumar and Yeddyurappa had stated that they had withdrawn the nomination to maintain the dignity of the post, they want the speaker to be elected unanimously. After the motion of confidence, leader of the opposition BS Yeddyurappa in his speech declared that from now on his struggle will be against the corrupt father-son duo of HD Devegowda and HD Kumaraswamy.
Yeddyurappa asserted his commitment to the farmers of the state and stated that the BJP will start statewide bandh if Kumaraswamy does not waive of farmer loans. Yeddyurappa has given a 24 hour time for the new state government to waive off farmer loans and declared that the BJP will organise state-wide bandh on Monday.
We walked out on the issue on farmers’ loan waivers. We will hold state-wide bandh May 28. We will be aggressive now: R Ashoka, BJP, outside Karnataka Assembly after BJP walked out of the assembly pic.twitter.com/1s4f0HRJq3
— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2018
According to reports, HD Kumaraswamy has reacted to the BJP’s bandh call by saying that he is not deterred by threats of bandh and alleged that the BJP is trying to play with the emotions of the people with such statements.
Earlier today, Congress leader and the new deputy CM G Parameshwara had stated that the Congress has not taken any decision on whether to support HD Kumaraswamy for a full five-year term.