With lack of numbers, Kumaraswamy may resign without a floor test

The floor test drama of Karnataka just don’t seem to be ending. Now the latest reports suggest that Karnataka CM, HD Kumaraswamy may quit from his position towards the end of the day without a trust vote.

He has sought an appointment with Governor Vajubhai Vala at 7pm, keeping political circles anxious over his next move. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court refused to urgently hear the plea of two independent legislators demanding an immediate floor test by 5pm.

Two days of efforts to woo back the rebel MLAs after the government defied on July 19 two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala to prove majority appeared to have fallen flat as the lawmakers hunkered down in a Mumbai hotel asserted they would not return and rejected allegations they were held captive.

“We thought this government will do good to the state but it did not happen. There is no question of our attending the assembly session tomorrow,” rebel JD (S) MLA K Gopalaiah said in a video, flanked by ten other legislators.

Meanwhile, the 15 Karnataka rebel Congress and JD (S) legislators and 2 Independents on Sunday filed a joint petition in the Supreme Court seeking direction to Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to hold the trust vote by 5 p.m. on Monday.