Yeddy win temporary, says Oppn

Last Updated 14 October 2010, 12:48 IST

The ruling BJP on its part said the floor test in the assembly in Karnataka conclusively proved it has a majority support with Yeddyurappa asserting he had created a "history of sorts" by winning the trust vote for a second time in a gap of three days.

The Karnataka High Court has adjourned to Monday hearing on the petitions by 11 BJP MLAs and five Independents challenging their disqualification by the Speaker ahead of the first Trust Vote on Monday. The court yesterday made it clear that the outcome of today's Floor test will be subject to its ruling on the petitions.

"In the history of the country, there is no instance of a government proving majority within three days after winning the trust vote", the chief minister said.

"I have created history of sorts by winning the Trust Vote for the second time in three days", a beaming Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bangalore after winning the motion of confidence by 106-100 votes.

Congress slammed as "vitiated" and "subverted" the Trust Vote win.

"The intent of BJP from day one was to convert a minority government into a majority government and by using money and muscle power, BJP has been able to prove its majority in this vitiated vote of confidence," Party spokesperson Manish Tiwari told reporters in New Delhi.

Law Minister and former Karnataka Chief Minister Veerappa Moily said the BJP victory was only "transitory" in nature.

"Much would depend on the court ruling," he said.

Leader of the Opposition and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said "This is only the semi-final".

Siddaramaiah said Congress was awaiting the High Court ruling while the working President of the party's Karnataka unit D K Shiv Kumar described BJP victory as a partial win since the disqualfied MLAs did not participate.

JD(S) leader and former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy said the Trust Vote victory was "temporary".

"They(BJP) can only enjoy for some time. Maximum for 10 days," he said.
"Yeddyurappa need not be swayed by the temporary victory. Wait for the High court verdict. The question whether BJP has majority or not is decided then", Kumaraswamy said.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said "We have come back again and this is indeed a historic moment for Karnataka and for the BJP. The floor test conclusively proves the BJP stand that it has a majority there."

He claimed that with 106 votes in its favour in the assembly which now has an effective strength of 208, the ruling party was "far ahead and beyond" the majority mark of 104 and even if the disqualified MLAs were allowed to vote it would not affect the government.

"Two MLAs--one from JD(S) and one from BJP-- abstained from voting. If that is so, then the factual strength of the assembly is 206 and the majority mark 103. Even if we presume that on October 18, the court allows the Independent MLAs to vote, we would still have 106 MLAs and vote of the Speaker, giving us a majority in a House of 213members," Rudy said.

(Published 14 October 2010, 08:59 IST)

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