BS Yediyurappa, who took oath as the 23rd chief minister of Karnataka on Friday, moved a trust vote today in a special session in the assembly, which has been called to prove his government’s majority. Speaker KR Ramesh had said that he had to rush to Hyderabad. Post that, a voice vote was called for and BS Yediyurappa wins confidence motion through voice vote.
Before the Trust Vote, when Chief Minister Yediyurappa of Karnataka made a speech in the Assembly, he said, “The administration has failed and we’ll set it right. I assure the House that we won’t indulge in vindictive politics either. I believe in forget and forgive”. He also said that he even loves the people who hate him and would like to thank Amit Shah, Prime Minister Modi and JP Nadda.
Karnataka former CM Siddaramaiah than addressed the Assembly before the trust vote and said, “We hope you (BS Yediyurappa) will be the chief minister but there is no guarantee of that. You are with the rebels, can you give a stable government? It’s impossible! I oppose this confidence motion because the reason is this government is unconstitutional and immoral”.
“Unfortunately, BS Yediyurappa has never been the chief minister with people’s mandate. Where’s the mandate? You didn’t have it in 2008, 2018 or even now. When he took an oath there were 222 MLAs in House, where did BJP have 112 MLAs for the majority? They had 105 seats. That is not a mandate,” he said.
HD Kumaraswamy, the now-ousted CM of Karnataka spoke to the assembly before the trust vote as well. He said that he has been working for the past 14 months and had no obligation to respond to questions posed by BS Yediyurappa. He said everything was recorded and it is for the people to judge him based on his work.
“All that has happened with the rebels, with power – all this will go down in history. There are people sitting on my side today, in an attempt to sway them, I request you to not bring them to the streets next”, said HD Kumaraswamy.
After BS Yediyurappa won the trust vote, Siddaramaiah accepted the outcome of the vote and said that they accept the verdict because ‘they have very less time’.
On 26th July, BS Yediyurappa had taken oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka. The coalition government of Congress and JDS had lost the majority after 16 MLAs from both the parties had turned rebel and resigned from the assembly.
This is it the third time Yeddyurappa has become CM of the state. He had formed the first BJP government in Karnataka in 2008 but had to resign in 2011 after being indicted on corruption charges. He was acquitted by the courts later. After the Assembly elections last year, he had taken oath as the CM as BJP was the largest party although it didn’t cross the halfway mark. He was given only 24 hours to prove his majority by the Supreme Court, but he had resigned before taking the trust vote, as BJP didn’t have the numbers.