Ahead of the crucial floor test in Karnataka Assembly which will decide the fate of two-day-old BS Yeddyurappa government in the southern state, both BJP and the Congress showed confidence in winning the floor test.
While Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddyurappa exuded confidence in proving the majority at the floor of the Assembly, the Congress said the BJP does not have the required numbers.
The Supreme Court had on Friday ordered a floor test at 4 pm on Saturday, slashing the 15-day window given by Governor Vajubhai Vala to Yeddyurappa to prove majority.
“100% I am going to have an absolute majority. Tomorrow I am going to take all that decision which I promised to the people of Karnataka,” a confident Yeddyurappa told reporters before leaving for a meeting with BJP MLAs.
Union Minister Ananth Kumar also expressed similar sentiments and said the “unholy” alliance of the Congress and the JD(S) will be rejected by the people.
“Both Congress and JD(S) have an unholy alliance. They are going to be rejected, people are going to reject them,” Kumar said. 10 latest updates on Karnataka floor test
Union Minister Sadananda Gowda said Yeddyurappa will stay as Karnataka Chief Minister for the next 5 years.
“Wait till 4.30 pm. We will win and BS Yeddyurappa will be the CM for 5 years,” he said.
Veteran Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge the BJP will fail to prove majority.
“BJP doesn’t have the numbers, we will win the floor test. BJP is just trying to prove their majority and they will fail to do so,” he said.
The leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the MLAs are in Congress’ favour.
“Numbers are against BJP. Numbers are in favour of us. MLAs are in our favour. We will form the govt,” Azad said.
Meanwhile, two Congress legislators Anand Singh and Pratap Gowda Patil are still missing. Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy, however, said Singh would vote for the party in the Assembly.
“Physically he is not with us but he is in contact with our leaders. He has to come to Vidhana Soudha today. He will definitely vote for us. He is with us. He will come back,” Reddy said.