Karnataka: Chief Minister Yediyurappa wins trust vote in Assembly

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Karnataka Chief Minister Yediyurappa announced job reservation for Kannadigas. File photo: PTI

A day after the Karnataka Speaker disqualified 14 rebel MLAs of the former Congress-JD(S) government, newly sworn-in Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa proved his majority in the Assembly through voice vote.

Yediyurappa on Sunday had said that he is confident of proving his majority and will pass the Finance Bill on Monday itself.

Speaker Ramesh Kumar on Sunday, had disqualified 14 rebel MLAs – 11 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) – under the anti-defection law in addition to three more earlier, bringing the Assembly’s 225-member strength to 208.

Rebel JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath, who was disqualified by the Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Sunday, said the decision was “against the law” and he and other aggrieved legislators would approach the Supreme Court for redressal on Monday.

“The disqualification is against the law…just under a whip served on them, you cannot force the legislators to come to the House,” Vishwanath told PTI over phone. “The Speaker has disqualified 20 members of the legislature on the grounds that they have not attended the House…so against this decision pronounced by the Speaker, we are approaching the Supreme Court on Monday,” the MLA said from an undisclosed location.