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Kumaraswamy resigns as CM after losing confidence vote in Karnataka assembly

Kumaraswamy resigns as CM after losing confidence vote in assembly

The HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) coalition government collapsed today after it lost the trust vote in Karnataka Assembly, ending the nearly three-week-long high political drama in the state. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy faced the defeat after winding up the four-day long debate on the motion of confidence moved by him on Thursday last week, amid the political turmoil.  After the Division of vote process, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar announced that 99 MLAs had voted in favour of the motion and 105 against it.

The Speaker announced that the confidence motion has fallen, thereby indicating that the 14-month-old coalition government has lost its majority. The Congress-JDS government had defied the two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala to Kumaraswamy to demonstrate his majority on Friday itself.

A wave of resignations had set off the political turbulence in the state, pushing the 14-month old coalition government to the brink of collapse. The outgoing Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has submitted his resignation to the Governor. The BJP sources say that the party will stake claim to form the Government in the State. The BJP legislative party leader BS Yeddyurappa is said to meet the Governor day after tomorrow.

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