BANGALURU: The fate of the BJP government in Karnataka hangs in balance with the Governor H R Bhardwaj asking the speaker not to disqualify any MLA before Monday trust vote. Bhardwaj directed Speaker K G Bopaiah to maintain status quo on the House strength as on October 6, before the rebels withdrew support reducing the Government to a minority.
The Speaker has expressed concern over the Governor action directing him to retain the strength of the Assembly House. He has felt that there is no precedence to this kind of direction to a speaker earlier. He however said that the trust vote motion will be conducted as per the rulebook. As the numerical strength dwindles, the ruling side now is seemed to be banking on the Speaker K G Bopaiah to act on its petition seeking disqualification of 11 rebels. As each party issues whip to its party men, there is a sense of heightened anxiety among all party men.
Meanwhile, 11 BJP rebel legislators continue to remain defiant and are rallying behind JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy, who is spearheading the campaign to dislodge the government. In a related development, the BJP today accused the Governor of being a willing partner in the opposition move to destabilise its Government and charged him with acting at the behest of the Congress. In the 224-member house, BJP has 117 members, followed by Congress 73, JDS 28 and Independents six. A mark of 113 is required to prove majority in the house.