Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy wins floor test after 117 MLAs voted in his favour after a tumultuous sequence of events over the last 10 days.
The BJP walked out of the Karnataka assembly just before the trust vote, throwing a dare at chief minister HD Kumaraswamy.
“Let’s see how long you last,” said BS Yeddyurappa, as he staged a dramatic walkout from the House.
The JDS-Congress government replaced the B S Yeddyurappa-led BJP government, which assumed office on May 17 and exited two days later after failing to muster the numbers for a simple majority. The JDS-Congress coalition was forged after the Assembly polls of May 12 threw up a hung verdict.
The 58-year-old Janata Dal Secular leader, who was sworn in on Wednesday, has the support of 117 MLAs from the JD(S)-Congress-BSP coalition in the House and is likely to win the trust vote easily. Just before the floor test, Congress’ Ramesh Kumar was unanimously elected as the speaker after the BJP withdrew its candidate’s nomination.