Bangalore: In a politically smart move aimed at preempting the possible revolt against his leadership from any quarters should a situation arise in future, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has decided to seek trust vote on the floor of the Assembly on Thursday.
"We would like to demonstrate to the Opposition parties as well as to the people of Karnataka that all the BJP legislators are one and united under the leadership of Yeddyurappa," state BJP President KS Eshwarappa said.
He added that the most appropriate forum is the legislature and hence the CM will move a confidence motion.
"This was decided in the meeting of the legislature party held on Wednesday," he added.
Once a trust vote is taken, nobody can move no-confidence motion against the Chief Minister for the next six months.
In this way, the chief minister will get a reprieve as well as a breather till December. This shrewd move should be seen in the backdrop of the potential threat by the mining barons Reddy brothers who could revolt against the leadership, should they be nailed by the Lokayukta or the Supreme Court.
'Opposition Must Take Part'
Eshwarappa said the Opposition should participate in the legislature proceedings and express their views on the government and its performance instead of boycotting and shouting on the streets.
"The legislature is the best forum for discussion. Let them raise any issue. The government is willing to reply. But boycotting the legislature is not correct in a parliamentary democracy," he added.
According to the state BJP president, the legislature party also discussed the return of 11 MLAs to the party after the Supreme Court nullified the order of the Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah who had disqualified them from the membership.
Other issues that were raised by the legislators pertained to road development, Aasare houses and improvement of health infrastructure.