Karnataka crisis: Union Minister Pralhad Joshi demands ‘floor test’ ahead of Karnataka Assembly Session

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Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday once again reiterated its demand for seeking vote trust in Karnataka Assembly and slammed the coalition government headed by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

Speaking to media over the Karnataka crisis, Union Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi said, ‘We stand by our demand (of floor test). Behaviour of Assembly speaker and Chief Minister is highly uncalled for & unacceptable’.

He also raised questions on Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar saying ‘When the MLAs have personally handed Speaker their resignations, what inquiry does he want?’.

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In the meantime, SG Siddaramaiah called a meeting of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) ahead of the Karnataka Assembly Session. Talking about the CLP meeting, Siddaramaiah on Sunday told media that meeting will be held on Monday before the start of Assembly Session.

It should be Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday announced that he will prove his majority in the State Assembly. Chief Minister has asked the Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to fix a time saying that he would seek a floor test.

In the meantime, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered Assembly Speaker to maintain status quo in connection with the resignation of 10 rebel MLAs of Congress and JD-S who tendered their resignation on Thursday. The Top Court Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the Court will hear the matter again on Tuesday, July 16.

The 13-months old coalition government suffered a huge setback on Saturday last week when 11 MLAs from CongressJD(S) ruling coalition tendered their resignation. And thereafter political episode and drama started in Karnataka. Later on, many other MLAs also tendered their resignation taking the tally to over 15 till now.

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