Yeddyurappa government wins trust vote amid chaos

Monday, October 11, 2010

BANGALORE - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka led by B.S. Yeddyurappa Monday proved its majority by winning the confidence motion through a voice vote, assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah declared amid chaos here.

The Yeddyurappa government got 106 votes.

Monday morning saw much drama as the speaker had disqualified 16 rebel legislators, including 11 of the ruling BJP and five Independents, hours before the trust vote.

“The speaker sent the disqualification letters to all the 16 rebel legislators individually informing them that they will not be allowed to vote in the confidence motion to be moved by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa,” an official of the legislative secretariat told IANS on phone.

Expressing lack of confidence in the leadership of Yeddyurappa, the dissident lawmakers had withdrawn support to the 29-month-old regime, the first BJP government in the southern state, on Oct 6.

The 11 BJP rebels who were disqualified were M.P. Renukacharya, Gopalakrishna Beluru, Anand Ansnotikar, Balachandra Jarkiholi, B.N. Sarvabhouma, Bharamgowda Kage, Y. Sampangi, G.N. Nanjundaswamy, M.V. Nagaraju, Shivan Gowda Nayak and H.S. Shankaralinge Gowda.

The five Independents were Shivaraj S. Tangadagi, Venkataramanappa, P.M. Narayana Swamy, D. Sudhakar and Gulihatti Shekar.

Of the 16 disqualified rebels, eight, including three from the BJP and five independents, were ministers who were sacked recently for revolting against the leadership.

Bopaiah disqualified the rebels after serving show-cause notices to each of them Oct 8 and seeking their replies by Sunday 5 p.m.

The speaker took the dramatic action, ignoring state Governor H.R. Bhardwaj’s advice Sunday against disqualifying the rebel lawmakers.

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