After winning the trust vote in the Karnataka assembly for the second time in four days, the BJP on Thursday claimed that the numbers proved that even if the High Court allows five “disqualified” independent MLAs to vote, the party would still have a majority.
“We have come back again and this is indeed a historic moment for Karnataka and for the BJP. The floor test in the assembly in Karnataka conclusively proves the BJP stand that it has a majority there,” party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
He claimed that with 106 votes in its favour in the assembly which now has an effective strength of 208, the ruling party was “far ahead and beyond” the majority mark of 104 and even if the disqualified MLAs were allowed to vote it would not affect the government.
“Two MLAs – one from JD(S) and one from BJP -abstained from voting. If that is so, then the factual strength of the assembly is 206 and the majority mark 103. Even if we presume that on October 18, the court allows the Independent MLAs to vote, we would still have 106 MLAs and the vote of the Speaker, giving us a majority in a House of 213 members,” Rudy said.
Rudy also renewed the party’s demand for the removal of Bhardwaj.
“Victory of the BJP does not exonerate the Governor of his actions which has he has done last week and in the last few months. His role is still under the scanner for his unconstitutional acts. In order to have stability in Karnataka, it is important that the Centre recall or sack the Governor on Thursday itself,” Rudy said.
BJP also took on the Congress for maintaining all along that the Yeddyurappa government did not command a majority.