Congress, JD(S) look to keep flock together ahead of floor test

Buoyed by the Supreme Court’s direction to the BJP government to prove its majority on the floor of the House, leaders of the Congress and the JD(S) have expressed confidence of defeating the trust vote motion to be moved by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa on Saturday.

However, MLAs Anand Singh and Pratap Gouda Patil were not with the Congress camp in Hyderabad on Friday and this has caused worry, sources said. The primary concern of the leadership of the combine is holding the herd together until the floor test.

After spending a day in Hyderabad, 113 elected members of the Legislative Assembly belonging to the two parties will return to Bengaluru on Saturday to attend the session. With the session to be convened at 11 a.m., the 76 Congress and 37 JD(S) leaders are expected to reach Bengaluru in the wee hours of Saturday. Sources said the leaders, who travelled to Hyderabad in buses on Thursday night, will be returning the same way.

CLP leader

Before heading back to the city, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was unanimously elected as the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader, as per the directions of All-India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi. Both Mr. Siddaramaiah and JD(S) Legislature Party leader H.D. Kumaraswamy held a meeting with the newly elected members and appealed to them remain united in order to form a government headed by the JD(S).

At the meeting held in a private hotel, they discussed the day’s developments, including the Supreme Court ruling and the appointment of K.G. Bopaiah as pro tem Speaker.

Mr. Siddaramaiah and senior party leader R.V. Deshpande flew to Hyderabad on Friday morning to discuss the strategy to be adopted in the House. Mr. Kumaraswamy and his brother and former Minister H.D. Revanna arrived in Hyderabad by late afternoon, after having taken part in the 85th birthday celebrations of their father and party supremo H.D. Deve Gowda.

HDK’s appeal

According to sources, the combine was against the appointment of Mr. Bopaiah. “Mr. Kumaraswamy made an emotional speech at the CLP meeting, appealing to the members not to cross-vote and desert the party by falling into the trap of inducements. He also promised that he would not let them down,” a source said.

Earlier in the day, leaders of the alliance, who have been spending anxious moments since Tuesday when the poll results came out, heaved a sigh of relief following the Supreme Court direction. “A lot of legislators are happy and relaxed after hearing the court ruling. They are hopeful of sailing through the proceedings on Saturday,” a source said.


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