Resigned Karnataka Speaker proves to be a boon for BJP
Like an unruly river, Karnataka politics continue to take twists and turns. Things still seem to be unclear, even after Kumaraswamy Government has been voted out of power in a show of no confidence.
To the BJP government led by BS Yeddyurappa, the resigned speaker Ramesh Kumar is determined to give sleepless nights. He has disqualified 14 rebel MLAs. Earlier 3 MLAs were disqualified on Sunday. These MLAs will not be able to contest until the expiry of the term of the present house as a result. There will be disquiet in the rebel camp by this.
In all this, there is some consolation for the BJP. Quite easily, the party would now be able to sail through the confidence vote. The number of Congress and JDU members would be greatly reduced in the house by this disqualification. While the combined strength of the Congress-JDU front is just 99, the total strength of the BJP is 105.
So, a no-confidence vote can be brought in six months time and the BJP government led by Yeddyurappa will win the confidence vote. There would be by-elections for the vacancies caused by disqualification within this time. The BJP government would be stable and strong if it manages to win the maximum number of seats.