Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa wins trust vote in assembly

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday won the crucial trust vote in the state assembly through voice vote.

BS Yediyurappa
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Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that Yediyurappa had never become the state’s chief minister with people’s mandate. “Unfortunately, Yediyurappa has never been CM with people’s mandate. Where’s the mandate? You didn’t have it in 2008, 2018 or even now. When he took oath there were 222 MLAs in House, where did BJP have 112 MLAs for majority? They had 105 seats. That is not mandate,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, for his part said, “I ran the government for 14 months. I have no obligation to answer your (BS Yediyurappa) questions. I need to answer to my conscience. From past 14 months, everything was being recorded. People know what work I have done.”

He was sworn in as the state’s chief minister last week after the Congress-JDS government fell due to rebellion within their parties. As many as 17 MLAs belonging to both the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular had resigned and left the stay for Mumbai, where they had been camping under police protection.

Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has disqualified all 17 MLAs under the anti-defection law.

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