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Bengaluru: After weeks of uncertainty, endless debates and levelling allegations, the Karnataka legislative assembly speaker has assured to conclude the discussions on the confidence motion and conduct the floor test by 6 PM on Tuesday.

The intervention by the speaker K.R.Ramesh Kumar is likely to temporarily end the agony for a state, whose representatives have been lodged in plush resorts while it goes through one of its worst droughts, acute drinking water crisis and other pressing issues

Proceedings began on a fiery note on Tuesday, with only a handful of legislators from the coalition being present when the session began, adding to BJP's frustration.

The debates that began on Thursday has seen the states political discourse plunge further as the two sides trade charges of corruption and political malpractice.

The coalition has even missed at least two deadlines issued by the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, directing chief minister H.D.Kumaraswamy to prove his majority after a spate of resignations submitted to the former.

The situation threatening to escalate into a full blown constitutional crisis in Karnataka that has seen presidents rule imposed on it six times since 1971.

Kumar's intervention coming after three whole days of debates including a heated session that went upto midnight on Monday.

While the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S) maintain that the floor test be taken up only after the Supreme Court (SC) clarifies the contentious issue of the whip, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are pushing to force the stepping down of the H.D Kumaraswamy left coalition government, which has suffered a series of setbacks since the beginning of the month.

A section of the Congress are keen to break away from the JD(S) before it cedes more ground to its traditional rival--lending to theories that the crisis was engineered by it's own leaders. Another section has been trying to pull all stops to keep the government afloat but in vain as the 15 rebels, most of who are lodged in a Mumbai hotel, have shown no signs of returning.

All 15 rebels have been summoned to meet Kumar at 11 am today. A set of letters, purportedly written by the rebels, has been doing the rounds in which they cited several reasons for not being able to make the appointment. The authenticity of the undated letters could not be independently verified.

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