B.S. Yeddyurappa, faced with the withdrawal of support by the Janata Dal (Secular), decided to quit rather than face a trust vote in the Assembly. The BJP led-coalition government took over only on November 11, 2007.
The second Yeddyurappa government, which took over on May 30, 2008, won the trust vote on June 6, 2008, with the support of six independents.
It was Mr. Yeddyurappa’s third vote of confidence , which he won amid a bedlam in the Assembly over Speaker K.G. Bopaiah’s decision to disqualify 16 legislators, including five independents (who were associate members of the BJP), under the anti-defection law. The motion of confidence was adopted by voice vote, with Speaker “finding it difficult to conduct the proceedings”.
Mr. Yeddyurappa, passed the second floor test in four days , on October 14, 2010. With the disqualification of 16 MLAs, the vote was a breezy affair. Of a total of 206 members present at the time of voting, the BJP got 106 votes, two more than for a simple majority.
Mr. Yeddyurappa registered his fourth trust vote win on June 2, 2011. This came after the Supreme Court order on May 13, 2011 setting aside the disqualification of 16 MLAs. The BJP government asserted its majority registering a 119-0 victory as the entire Opposition chose to stay away.
Mr. Yeddyurappa’s tryst with the trust votes happened once again on May 19, 2018. With the BJP short of numbers, Mr. Yeddyurappa chose to resign after making a passionate speech, rather than face the vote.