BJP government had the numbers, says Venkaiah Naidu

Monday, October 11, 2010

BANGALORE - Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said Monday that the B.S. Yeddyurappa government in Karnataka had the numbers to prove its majority in the assembly and accused the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) of playing dirty tricks.

The Congress and Janata Dal-Secular played dirty tricks. They created ruckus…The chief minister’s motion was carried. We are very happy about it. We had the numbers, Naidu told a TV channel.

He said the party needs to take precautions and learn lessons for the future. As far as the development is concerned, it is the one of the best governments, Naidu said.

The BJP government in Karnataka, its first in the south, proved its majority by winning the confidence motion by a voice vote, Speaker K.G. Bopaiah declared amid chaos in the assembly here.

The disqualification of 16 rebel legislators, 11 from the BJP and five Independents, by the speaker earlier in the day reduced the effective strength of the 225-member assembly to 208 and the half-way mark to prove majority in the house came down to 105.

One member is nominated from the Ango-Indian community.

With the disqualification of 11 rebels, the strength of the ruling party too declined to 106, including the speaker, followed by the Congress with 73 and JD-S 28; the remaining are six Independents.

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