There was no semblance of a fight from the Opposition
BANGALORE: The eight-day-old Bharatiya Janata Party Government in the State headed by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa won the vote of confidence in the Legislative Assembly here on Friday with ease.
It is possibly the first time in the history of the State Legislature that a confidence vote was obtained within three hours after it was tabled for consideration. Rather than putting up a semblance of a fight, the Opposition caved in. The ruling party, including the six independents, has a strength of 116 while the combined Opposition has a strength of 108 in the 224-member Assembly.
The Congress, the principal Opposition in the Assembly, expressed its displeasure over the Chief Minister’s reply to the confidence motion and staged a walkout. The only other Opposition party, the Janata Dal (Secular), led by the former Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy, sat through even as Speaker Jagadish Shettar sought a voice vote of all the members.
Soon after the victory, a jubilant Chief Minister emerged from the Assembly and said the BJP Government in the State will last its full term in office and promised the people that his Government would do all that it could for their well being.
“I am happy with the victory and thank all those who have extended support,” he said when most Ministers and the ruling party MLAs crowded around the Chief Minister to congratulate him.
With reference to inflation and the increase in the price of petrol, diesel and LPG, the Chief Minister announced that Karnataka, as have other States, will provide relief to the people. “The Cabinet will soon meet and take a decision on this important issue. The fact, however, is that the Karnataka Government is not responsible for the price rise and that it is the Union Government which has dealt this blow on the people,” he said.
Earlier , Mr. Yeddyurappa moved a one-line motion seeking vote of confidence in the Assembly. With the passage of the confidence motion, the Speaker announced that the Assembly will meet again for three days from June 23 to express thanks to the Governor for his address.