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Speaker Ramesh Kumar asks govt to honour commitment to complete trust vote process

Prime News, Karnataka, Bengaluru, July 22:- The crucial Assembly proceedings that are expected to decide the fate of the 14-month old Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition ministry began with Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar appealing to the government to honour its commitment the confidence motion would be completed Monday itself

As the House resumed its sitting an hour late, the Speaker made it clear, “The debate should start now. Everybody is watching us. Please don’t make me a scapegoat. Let us reach our goal,” stressing that the process should reach finality Monday

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had moved the confidence motion on Thursday to decide the fate of the coalition government wracked by rebellion by a section of its MLAs threatening its survival

The debate on the confidence motion prolonged to Friday, with the ruling coalition defying the two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala — to complete the process by 1.30 pm on Friday and later by the end of the day

The proceedings were adjourned till Monday after the Speaker extracted a commitment from the government that the process would be completed by Monday itself

“It will not bring respect to the House or to me,” the Speaker made his position clear, implying that the trust vote should not be delayed further

“We are in public life. People are watching. In the name of discussion, if an opinion is created that we are wasting time, it won’t be right on my part or anybodyelse’s,” he said

The Speaker also gave a ruling that a Legislature Party leader has the right to issue a whip. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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