In his second letter, the governor said detailed debates and discussions were held only to delay the floor test.
“When the allegations of horse-trading are widely made and I am receiving many such complaints, it is constitutionally imperative that the floor test be completed without any delay and today itself,” he wrote.
“We are dealing with this peacefully. They don’t have the majority and they are not letting the one with the majority to rule. We are 106 and so they are postponing. They are trying to horse trade, but it’s not happening,” said BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa, after the assembly was adjourned.
However on July 18, the day the trust vote was due to happen, 21 MLAs were absent from the assembly including the 15 rebels. The Karnataka Assembly was adjourned without a trust vote and BJP MLA’s slept overnight in the House in protest.
“Have directed Karnataka BSP MLA to vote in support of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s government,” tweeted BSP chief Mayawati.
The Supreme Court has left it to the speaker to decide on the resignations.. At the same time, the court said on Wednesday that the rebels cannot be forced to attend the assembly, prompting the coalition to seek clarification on whether or not they can be disqualified for defying the law.
Sixteen legislators — 13 from the Congress and three from JDS — have resigned in the last two weeks, and two independent legislators have withdrawn their support to the coalition government.