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Kumaraswamy calls on Governor, to face floor test

S. Rajendran

Governor will be requested to summon Assembly

— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy addresses the media after meeting Governor Rameshwar Thakur at the Raj Bhavan in Bangalore on Thursday.

BANGALORE: To end the political uncertainty in Karnataka, Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy has decided to face a floor test to prove his majority in the legislature session beginning on October 18.

Sources close to the Chief Minister told The Hindu that a formal decision would be taken at an emergency Cabinet meeting on Friday.

As Governor Rameshwar Thakur had prorogued the Assembly, the Department of Parliamentary Affairs, based on a Cabinet recommendation, will write to him seeking summoning of a session.

Though the BJP Ministers have been invited to attend the Cabinet meeting, it is unlikely that they will do so. Mr. Kumaraswamy has not acted on the 18 BJP Ministers’ resignation.

The Chief Minister called on the Governor on Thursday night and it was officially described as a courtesy call.

Sources in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat said Mr. Kumaraswamy briefed Mr. Thakur on the developments in the last few days and the circumstances that led to the distancing of the two ruling coalition partners, the Janata Dal (Secular) and the BJP. He reportedly told the Governor that his government was not under any threat.

Mr. Kumaraswamy also told Mr. Thakur that he would be away from Bangalore on Friday to attend the Political Affairs Committee meeting of his party in New Delhi. The meeting would take a decision on continuation of the alliance.

The Chief Minister presided over a meeting of the JD(S)’ State Executive along with the party’s national president and former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda.

The meeting, held at the Palace Grounds here, was converted into a public meeting. It was attended by thousands of party men from across the State.

Mr. Kumaraswamy, Mr. Gowda and the party’s State unit chief, Merajuddin Patel, made it clear that the relationship between the JD(S) and the BJP had soured, and that their party would rather seek a fresh mandate from people than handing over power to a “communal party like the BJP.”

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