In the confidence motion conducted on 23 July, Cong-JDS coalition attained 99 while the BJP coalition won with 105 votes. BS Yeddyurappa of BJP is projected to become the next CM.
The Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka collapsed on Tuesday after the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy was defeated in the assembly, ending his 14 month-long tenure as Chief Minister.
Capping a three-week-long high-voltage intense power struggle triggered by a raft of resignations by rebel lawmakers, that pushed the government to the brink of collapse, the motion was defeated with 99 members voting for the motion and 105 against it.
“The motion moved by the Chief Minister has fallen through,” Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar announced.
Twenty-one MLAs—17 from Congress-JDS, one from BSP, and two Independents skipped the proceedings, reducing the effective strength of the House to 204.
The required number to attain a majority in the Karnataka Assembly was 103.
Kumaraswamy lashed out at the BJP for repeatedly trying to topple his government and told the saffron party that its government would not last long and in the event of collapse, it is better to go for elections.
Flashing the victory sign after the voting, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa described the outcome as a “victory for democracy” as people were fed up with the Kumaraswamy government.
He assured the people of Karnataka that “an era of development” would start with BJP in power.
On the next step, Yeddyurappa said an appropriate decision would be taken “as early as possible.”
The government had defied two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Lala, who had asked Kumaraswamy to prove his majority on Friday itself, saying he had “prima facie satisfaction” that it has lost its majority confidence of the house. The turmoil reached the climax after dramatic twists and turns that saw the MLAs of rival camps being corralled in resorts and hotels, allegations of bribery, rebel lawmakers knock the doors of the Supreme Court to decide on the issues of the whip, floor test and governor’s intervention.