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Karnataka CM seeks two days time for floor test 

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday sought more time from the speaker to prove majority. The CM requested the speaker to give hime two more days for the floor test. Congress also made a strong plea to the Assembly Speaker not to put to vote the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy till the chair decides on the resignations to the House submitted by the rebel lawmakers. 

The Congress’ position was stated during the debate on the confidence motion. The party said that taking up the voting without the Speaker’s decision on the resignation issue would leave the confidence motion process without any sanctity. 

Speaker Ramesh Kumar announced this morning that he would put to vote the trust motion moved by the Chief Minister. The BJP has alleged that voting is being delayed by the Congress-JDS government only to buy time to win back the rebel legislators, whose resignations have pushed it into a crisis. The party has said that the voting must take place today itself. 

The JDS-Congress government has defied the two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala, who has said in his two missives to the chief minister that he was “prima facie satisfied” that he CM has the confidence of the House. The assembly is currently continuing the discussion on the trust motion.

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