The members of the treasury benches persisted that the House be adjourned for the next day as there are several members to speak on the motion. BJP members, on the other hand, insisted that the floor test should be held last night itself. Congress Legislative party leader Siddaramaiah said that the discussion and the floor test could be concluded by today.
When this was not accepted by the Speaker, Siddaramaiah suggested that the discussion may conclude at 4 PM, Chief Minister may give his reply thereafter and voting may be held by 6 PM today. The Speaker accepted the suggestion and adjourned the House to meet this morning. BJP member Madhuswamy opposed the arrangement and insisted that the Speaker should hold the floor test yesterday itself as promised. This was not accepted by the Speaker.
Supreme Court will hear today a fresh plea of two independent Karnataka MLAs seeking holding of immediate floor test in the State Assembly on the trust motion moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had declined to hear the plea of R Shankar and H Nagesh yesterday.
Appearing for the two MLAs, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said that the floor test is being delayed on one pretext or the other. The two MLAs, who withdrew support to the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka, moved the top court seeking a direction to the Kumaraswamy-led government for conducting a floor test immediately. They said, the State has plunged into a political crisis after they withdrew their support to the government and 16 lawmakers of the ruling coalition tendered their resignations. The petitioners said, a minority government is being allowed to continue in office.