Karnataka Assembly continues discussion on confidence motion beyond deadline fixed by Governor

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In Karnataka Assembly beyond the deadline fixed by the Governor Vajubhai Vala the discussion on vote of confidence is continuing. Meanwhile Speaker K.R.Ramesh Kumar adjounrned the house till 3.00 pm. Voting is yet to take place.

Earlier today, as soon as the House assembled, Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar asked the legislators to extend co-operation to run the House smoothly. He then asked the Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy to initiate the discussion on confidence motion on the second day today.

Initiating the debate on trust vote Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said the nation is keeping a close eye on Karnataka. He said, after 14 months the government has come to the final stage.

He alleged that from the day one BJP is trying to topple the state government. He asked the BJP for a discussion and said BJP can form the government on Monday or Tuesday. Kumaraswamy asserted that he will not misuse the power.

During the discussion Water Resource Minister D.K.Shivakurmar said that BJPs attempt to misuse Raj Bjavan will be thwarted. Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said that Governor does not have the power to send a message, and he can do so only on the recommendation of the council of ministers.

Earlier speaking to the media Karnataka BJP President B.S. Yeddyurappa predicted the end of the coalition government and said his party will decide on the future course of action after consulting the national leadership.

Yeddyurappa said, mostly today will be the end of Congress-JDS government's misrule and the Chief Minister will make his farewell speech and he will patiently hear it.

Yesterday in a letter Governor Vajubhai Vala had asked the Chief Minister to prove his majority in the Assembly before 1.30 pm today. When the report came in the discussion was in progress.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Police said that they have provided security to Karnataka Congress MLA Shrimant Patil, who has been admitted in a state-run hospital in Mumbai and his statement is being recorded.

Shrimant Patil, the legislator from Kagwad in Belgaum district, arrived in Mumbai yesterday and was hospitalised after he complained of chest pain.

A police official said Patil was first admitted in a private hospital and later shifted to state-run St George Hospital in South Mumbai. He said a team from Karnataka police has also arrived at the hospital.

Patil had said yesterday that he went to Chennai for some personal work and felt chest pain, so he visited a hospital and on medical advice, he came to Mumbai and got himself admitted there.

Congress leader and Karnataka minister D K Shivakumar had said they would produce documents to show Patil was forcibly admitted to the hospital to skip the trust vote in the Assembly. (AIR NEWS)

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