As chief minister BS Yediyurappa readies to take up the floor test, he is not happy with the top leaders of the BJP for being complacent.
Bengaluru: Chief minister BS Yediyurappa has to take up the floor test on Monday (July 29).
A day before the all-important event, he is reportedly angry with the top leaders of the party, because he senses complacency on their part.
He is reported to have told them, “Remember, we have to prove our numbers tomorrow. It seems like you have been sleeping from the moment Kumaraswamy’s government toppled. You have been given the responsibility of taking care of 30-35 BJP MLAs. Take care of them. We have to prove our numbers yet. Don’t be lax. Even if you are not in the city (Bengaluru) ensure that the members who come under your responsibility attend the legislature party meeting today (July 28).”
The task of taking care of MLAs had been given to a few top leaders as they stayed in a resort, before toppling the Kumaraswamy government. But there are talks in the party ranks that a few of these top leaders have taken things for granted. It is this attitude that has upset the chief minister.
Presently, the BJP has 105 seats in the Assembly while it has the support of one Independent MLA, taking the tally to 106.
On the other hand, the Congress-JD(S) coalition has a total of 100 seats.
The Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly has disqualified 17 rebel MLAs till now. The order stands valid till the end of the existing 15th Assembly (May 2023).
The rebel MLAs have openly declared that they would not be attending Monday’s floor test. They would be watching the entire proceedings from Mumbai but have said that they will hold a press conference on Tuesday (July 30) and detail all the episodes of “injustice” meted out to them by the Congress-JD(S) coalition.
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Last Updated Jul 28, 2019, 1:25 PM IST