Narrate how BJP took you away forcefully : Kumaraswamy to rebel MLAs
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has asked rebel MLAs to return from Mumbai and "narrate how the BJP took them away forcefully".
"I want to make it amply clear that I am not trying to cling onto power. My only intention...is to let the entire country know how the BJP...is trying to subvert the very principles of democracy," Kumaraswamy added.
Meanwhile, two independent MLAs, who withdrew their support to the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government earlier this month, moved the Supreme Court late on Sunday and asked the top court to order that a floor test be held by 5pm today.
Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy claimed that the saffron party had set a new benchmark for “immoral politics”. “I want to make it amply clear that I am not trying to cling onto power. My only intention of seeking time for debate on trust vote is to let the entire country know how the BJP, which talks of morality, is trying to subvert the very principles of democracy as well as Constitution,” he said in a statement.
A total of 18 MLAs of the ruling coalition have submitted their resignations so far. This includes 13 from the Congress, three from the JD(S) and two independent MLAs. The government has also support of one BSP MLA.
If the resignations of 18 MLA’s are accepted then BJP will form the government as the strength of the government will stand at 100 in 224-member House. BJP has 105 MLA and now enjoys the support of two independent MLAs as well.