Karnataka Trust Vote: Kumaraswamy Moves SC against Guv

Bengaluru: In a new twist to the Karnataka political crisis, Chief Minister H.D Kumaraswamy moved the Supreme Court against Governor Vajubhai Vala, saying that the latter cannot dictate Speaker K R Ramesh to conduct the proceedings of the Assembly which is debating the confidence motion moved by him.

The Karnataka CM questioned the deadlines set by the Governor one after another to complete the trust vote.

Kumaraswamy contended that as a consequence of the apex court’s interfering with the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, the Governor was interfering in the conduct of the trust vote and dictating terms to the Assembly.

He said directions of the Governor are completely contrary and ex-facie in contravention of apex court’s earlier verdict.

“The debates on the motion are currently ongoing and the House is in session. The Speaker has opined that the division will take place only at the end of the debate. “In these circumstances, the Governor cannot dictate to the House the manner in which the debate of the confidence motion has to be taken up,” the petition said.

Kumaraswamy claimed that the Governor sent a communication directing that the confidence motion and the trust vote should be held before 1.30 p.m. on July 19.

“It is respectfully submitted that no such direction could have been issued by the Governor when the confidence motion has already been initiated,” said the petition.

“The exercise of this right under the Constitution is not circumscribed by any condition nor can it be subject to any restrictive qua timet orders even prior to the issuance of the whip,” Kumaraswamy said.

He also sought clarification of the apex court’s July 17 order that the 15 rebel MLAs can’t be compelled to attend Assembly proceedings.

The Governor had set a deadline of 1:30 PM on Friday for the conclusion of the trust vote, which was not met. Thereafter, he again sent a communication extending the deadline till 6:00 pm.

The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government is facing a serious trouble after several of their MLAs resigned from the House.

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