Yeddyurappa govt on shaky ground; trust vote on cards?

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B S Yeddyurappa
Bangalore, May 15: In spite of the fact that the BJP swept all the three Assembly constituencies in the bypolls, Yeddyurappa seem to be facing some tough times. After the Supreme Court quashed the disqualification of the 16 rebel MLAs that constitute 11 from the BJP and 5 Independents; the number game is back to haunt to Yeddyurappa. The MLA's were earlier disqualified under anti-defection laws last October by the Speaker, K.G. Bopaiah.

With the decision shaking the very base of Yeddyurappa's Chief Ministership, and the Governor HR Bharadwaj seeking his blood, will he ask the CM to prove his majority yet again after he barely managed to scrap through the earlier trust vote. Looking at a brand new challenge on the face, seems the CM has successfully managed to coax the rebel MLA's to back his government.

After hectic negotiations that saw the rebel MLA's traveling to New Delhi seeking the blessings of the top bosses, seem to have softened their demand for a change in leadership in the state. With Yeddyurappa's ministers MP Renukacharya and Umesh V Katti and Govind M Karjol playing an active part in mellowing down the rebels and bringing them home. The BJP spokesperson, Dhananjaya Kumar has been quoted as saying, “The government is strengthened day by day and there is absolutely no question of anybody asking for a floor test or to say that the government has lost majority."

Making use of the opportunity, the Opposition and JD(S) leader, H D Kumaraswamy is back to his argument that Yeddyurappa has to step down and voiced his strong demands, “I request the BJP High Command to dismiss Yeddyurappa and remove the Speaker from the post, because particularly, the role of the Speaker was criticised in the Supreme Court judgment...On the basis of yesterday's Supreme Court judgment, he (Speaker) has to take moral responsibility and he has to step down."

With pulling out past vices like the land de-notification, mining license issue and now the latest Supreme Court judgment has acted as a loud noise for the Congress to demand the oust of the BJP government in the state. The argument was backed by state Congress chief G Parameshwara.

With the Governor-CM spat in Karnataka that saw the politics in the state hitting a new low, the Governor had called the SC judgment a "stricture against the Chief Minister and the Speaker" and hinted at a possible action against the state government. With the Congress gunning for the BJP in the state, it only remains to be seen if Yeddyurappa and his government will survive the new threat?

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