Yedi fails to prove majority, resigns

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Bangalore, Nov 19: The six-day-old BJP-led coalition government in Karnataka failed to prove its majority on the floor of the assembly as the JD(S) issued whip to its legislators to vote against the vote of confidence, moved by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. Yeddyurappa has resigned as K'taka Chief Minister.

At last the dream of the saffron party to set up its maiden goverment in South India came to an end as its allaince failed to "follow the coaliton dharma".

If sources are to believed, Deve Gowda has headed to Delhi to seek the support of Congress at the centre. If this JD(S)-Cong alliance strikes through, Kumaraswamy for the second time is going to take oath as Chief Minister.

Yedi has expressed his sorrow and anger and has termed JD-S as 'worst betrayers in Karnataka'

Backdrop

The Five member ministry of the BJP was sworn in on November 12 after the JD(S) agreed for renewing the alliance after a month long hectic political drama following withdrawal of the support by the BJP after the JD(S) failed to transfer power in October as agreed earlier.

The JD(S) was forced to re-think after BJP failed to sign the 12-point 'MoU' given by JD(S) supremo and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, which had focussed to gain more power within the Karnataka Government.

The JD (S) demands included the post of Deputy Chief Minister to the JD (S) nominee, and portfolios of ministries in consultation with Kumaraswamy. Further, the JD (S) had demanded portfolios of Mines and Geology and Urban Development, which were rejected by Yeddyurappa. The BJP also rejected JD (S)'s demand for non-induction of former minister and BJP leader B Sriramulu into the Ministry, as he had filed a criminal complaint in August against Kumarswamy.

Emerging out of the JD (S) legislatos' meeting, Mr Kumaraswamy said the party President had explained to the legislators the 'need' of signing such a pact for the 'smooth functioning of the government'. He said, a three-member core committee was in the pipeline, if BJP had refused to sign the MoU.

The BJP was too confident of winning the vote of confidence even after JDS had issued whip to its MLAs. All the efforts to woo the JD (S) supremo went in vain.

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