Congress loses trust vote, and face in Karnataka

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Opposition leader K S Eshwarappa of BJP said, "I hope this decision by Kumaraswamy and JD (S) translate into supporting BJP's efforts to remove Congress from power in the 2018 assembly elections".

"We made a decision to reject the offer as it would dent the party image", state JD (S) president H D Kumaraswamy said. The Congress strength in the 75-member house is 33 against 23 BJP legislators and 13 JD (S) ones, besides five independents. All the 12 members of the JD (S) voted against the motion to pave the way for Mr. Shankaramurthy to continue as the Chairman.

Karnataka legislative council Chairman DH Shankaramurthy.

While the motion for removal of Shankaramurthy secured 36 votes in its favour, 37 were against it.

Ugrappa alleged corruption, impropriety and partisan behaviour on Shankarmurthy's part while listing the allegations on Thursday as he was given 15 minutes to justify the Congress move before the vote.

At present one seat is vacant in the upper house of the state legislature.

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He said his party was only maintaining a status quo by sticking to an agreement with the BJP according to which the national party will occupy Chairman's post, and his party Deputy Chairman's post. The BJP and JD (S) had formed an alliance in the council which gave the chairman's post to the saffron party and the deputy chairman's post to the JD (S).

Rejecting any barbs of conducting "opportunistic politics", he said that the it was the Congress party which was following such practices.

Congress party suffered a severe setback with JD (S) voting against the No Confidence Motion moved by the Congress against Legislative Council Chairman D.H. Shankaramurthy this morning.

He accused the Congress of attempting to divide the JD-S by creating confusion on the issue. Immediately after winning Assembly bypolls in Nanjangud and Gundlupet, Congress leaders announced that JD (S) was with the Congress. Amidst speculations that JD (S) was likely to support Congress, BJP managed to deliver a thrilling climax resulting in its victory.

Speaking to reporters after the trust vote, JDS state chief H D Kumaraswamy clarified that his support for BJP had nothing to do with the illegal mining case he was facing.

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