Governor sets Friday deadline for floor test

The Governor said he had not intervened in the matter earlier “having regard to the fact that the House was called and trust vote was moved.” He pointed out that “proceedings of the House on July 18 were stalled and consequently adjourned without reaching any finality” and this “cannot go on in a democratic set-up governed by the Constitution of India.” He said the House was adjourned though he had sent a message to the Speaker. “Under these circumstances, I require you to prove your majority on the floor of the House on or before 1:30 p.m. tomorrow [Friday].” Meanwhile, high drama was witnessed with one more Congress MLA Shreemanth Patil (Kagawad) absenting himself from proceedings and sending a letter and a video to the Speaker, showing him admitted to a government hospital in Mumbai. The Congress accused the BJP of “kidnapping” him and engineering his defection. As the House was plunged in pandemonium amid slogans, the Assembly was adjounened for the day. Taking exception to this, the BJP started an overnight dharna in the Assembly. It was a few hours later that the Governor’s letter reached the Chief Minister, setting a deadline to prove majority. KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “The Governor is building a case to impose President’s rule, using the situation.”

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