Bangalore, Nov 18: Bookanakere Sidhalingappa Yeddyurappa, who was sworn as the first Chief Minister of Bharatiya Janata Party in South India in Karnataka on November 12, will face an acid test when he seeks vote of confidence tomorrow in the Assembly. Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur had directed Mr Yeddyurappa to prove his strength after the swearing in ceremony.
Mr Yeddyurappa had assumed office as the 26th chief minister of Karnataka after parading 129 supporting legislators before Governor and also before India President Pratibhathai Patil to presurise them to invite him to form the new government in the state.
Janata Dal(S) chose to join the ministry at a later date and now insisting that the BJP should sign a memorandum of understanding put forward by party supremo H D Deve Gowda before seeking vote of confidence..
On the day of swearing-in ceremony while top of the BJP leaders including its national president Rajnath Singh, opposition leader in the Lok Sabha L K Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi were present JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda was stayed away from it.
The main opposition party Congress also observed Monday as black-day in protest against the installation of BJP government in the state.
Deve Gowda has placed 12 conditions, which he and his party call as 'suggestions', for the stability and smooth functioning of the government over the next 19 months when assembly elections are due and also reportedly added another 9 riders. Mr Yeddyurappa rushed to New Delhi and discussed the issue with party leaders. They had directed him to discuss these issues after facing the floor test.
In the house of 225 member Karnataka Assembly BJP has 79 and one associate legislator followed by Congress 65 and JD(S) 58 including 12 rebels and rest were all from smaller parties and independents.
BJP needs a minimum 33 legislators to see-through the floor test and coalition partner JD(S)'s support would be crucial for it.