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Karnataka Floor Test: Kumaraswamy Wins Trust Vote The confidence motion was approved unanimously by a voice vote with 117 votes in favour

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CHIEF MINISTER HD Kumaraswamy led Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress alliance government won the trust vote even as lawmakers of the Bharatiya Janata Party walked out of the assembly.

The confidence motion was approved unanimously by a voice vote with 117 votes in favour. BJP is the single largest party in the state assembly with 104 lawmakers. Congress party has 78, the JD(S) and its pre-poll ally the Bahujan Samaj Party have 38. Elections were held for 222 seats.

Earlier, just before walking out of the assembly, BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa in his speech dared the government to waive farm loans by Monday or face unrest.

“We walked out on the issue on farmers’ loan waivers. We will hold state-wide bandh May 28. We will be aggressive now,” R Ashoka of the BJP said after walking out.

Congress party’s DK Shivakumar reacted strongly to the threat by saying: “they cannot force and blackmail us, we are a responsible government and cannot act to wishes of BJP.”

Before the trust vote, Congress lawmaker Ramesh Kumar was unanimously elected as the speaker after the BJP withdrew nominee. Yeddyurappa said the party wanted the election to be unanimous “in order to maintain the dignity of the Speaker’s post.”

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