Bangalore: In a new turn to political developments in Karnataka, governor H R Bhardwaj on Tuesday offered one more chance to chief minister B S Yeddyurappa to prove his majority in the Assembly on Thursday.
Holding that the trust vote taken in the Assembly on Monday by the BJP government was “not in accordance with the law”, the governor sent a letter to the chief minister on Tuesday saying that he has not proved the majority.
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The governor, who had on Monday recommended to the Centre imposition of President’s Rule on the ground that the trust vote in the House was “unconstitutional”, is believed to have said in the letter that he was ready to give him one more chance to prove his majority in the Assembly on 14 October.
The governor’s missive came even as the Karnataka high court resumed hearing on the petition filed by 16 disqualified dissident MLAs challenging Speaker K G Bopaiah’s action on Monday.
Amidst pandemonium on Monday, Bopaiah had declared that the confidence motion moved by the chief minister was carried by a voice vote.
Opposition parties, however, criticised the Speaker’s action saying there was no division of votes and claimed that there were more MLAs opposed to the government than those supporting it.
The Speaker, however, contended that no member pressed for a division.