B.S. Yeddyurappa
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala administers the oath of office to BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister in Bengaluru | Photo: PTI
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Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday proved his majority in the Assembly winning the confidence motion by a voice vote.

With the numbers game favouring the BJP government, the Congress and JDS did not press for division on the one-line motion moved by Yediyurappa that the House expresses confidence in his three-day old Ministry.

As the Opposition did not press for division, the Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar declared that the motion had been passed by a voice vote.

The BJP was expected to have a smooth sail with the trust vote, as the disqualification of 17 rebel MLAs by the Speaker on Sunday had reduced the effective strength of the 225-member Assembly to 208.

The magic figure for simple majority was 105, equivalent to the strength of the BJP, which also commanded the support of an Independent.

The Congress has 66 members, JDS 34, the Speaker one (who has a casting vote in case of a tie) and one expelled BSP member who was thrown out of the party for violating its directive to vote for the H D Kumaraswamy government during the trust vote on July 23.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday alleged the administrative machinery in the State had collapsed during the Congress-JDS rule and his priority was to bring it back on track.

Moving the confidence motion in the Assembly to prove the majority of his three-day old ministry, Yediyurappa said he would not indulge in “politics of vengeance” as he believed in the “forget and forgive principle.”

“My becoming the chief minister is according to expectations of the people,” said Yediyurappa who succeeded H D Kumaraswamy whose 14-month old government collapsed under the weight of a rebellion by a section of the coalition MLAs.

Yediyurappa said he assumed office in a difficult situation with the state facing drought.

“The administrative machinery has collapsed… my priority is to bring it back on track,” he said.


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He also said, “I will not indulge in politics of vengeance. I believe in the forget and forgive principle.”

Yediyurappa also sought cooperation of the Opposition.

Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah said the Yediyurappa government was “unconstitutional and immoral” and expressed doubts about its longevity.

“You have no mandate of the people,” Siddaramaiah told Yediyurappa.

“Where is the mandate in your favour…

where is the majority… Yediyurappa has become the chief minister with just 105 members,” Siddaramaiah said.

“Let us see how long you will be (the chief minister). I want you to be (CM) for the full term but I don’t think you will be able to complete it (the term),” Siddaramaiah told Yediyurappa.

JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy took exception to Yediyurappa’s charge that the administrative machinery had collapsed and said it was a “baseless” one that did not behove the chief minister.

“I won’t comment on the ways you have come to power.

Kumaraswamy added, “you have come to power through conspiracy.”

He asked the chief minister to reveal how the administrative machinery had collapsed.


Also read: B.S. Yeddyurappa set to take oath as Karnataka CM for second time in 14 months


 

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