‘Congress mukth’ in South Indian states after fall of Karnataka coalition
Bengaluru, July 24: The Congress-JD(S) lost the trust vote on Tuesday and paved the way for the BJP to form the government in Karnataka.
Incidentally, this was the only state in South India that the Congress was in power in. The Congress is in power in Puducherry, but it is a union territory.
Telangana is ruled by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi, while in Andhra Pradesh, it is the YSRCP. In Tamil Nadu it is the AIADMK which is the party in power, while in Kerala the coalition government is being ruled by the Left Democratic Front led by the Communist Party of India.
After a week of drama and several postponements, the trust vote was finally taken on Tuesday. When the voting was set to take place, BJP leader pressed for a division of votes. Following the headcount, the results were counted and then the Speaker announced that the government had lost the trust vote.
With several MLAs staying absent from the 225 member House, the magic number was 103. The coalition had 100 including the Speaker. Since the Speaker does not vote unless there is a tie, only 99 voted in favour of the trust vote.
105 BJP MLAs voted against the trust vote. Immediately after the result was declared, Yeddyurappa flashed his trademark victory sign.