Karnataka Crisis: Congress-JDS coalition government to face trust vote today

The Congress- Janata Dal Secular (JDS) coalition government in Karnataka is all set to face its trust vote in the state Assembly on Thursday after the resignation of 16 MLAs.

The floor test came a day after the top court had said that the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs could not be compelled to take part in the trust vote.

The court also permitted Speaker KR Ramesh to decide on resignations of rebel MLAs within such time-frame as and when he feels appropriate.

The Congress in Karnataka was not happy with Supreme Court’s order and called it a bad judgment, which seemed to protect the defectors and encourage horse-trading. 

“The #SupremeCourt verdict is now encroaching upon the rights of the Legislature. This is a bad judgement which seems to protect the defectors and encourages horse trading and also violating the doctrine of separation of powers,” Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao had said in a tweet.

Sixteen MLAs of the Congress- JDS coalition have quit over the past two weeks. If the resignations are accepted, then the Kumaraswamy government will lose its majority.

The Congress-JDS coalition government was formed in May last year after the BJP could not prove its majority in the House.