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Cong no-confidence motion against Yediyurappa government defeated

Bengaluru: Amid uproar for a brief while, the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition Congress against the BJP government in Karnataka led by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa was defeated by a voice vote on Saturday night.

After a fierce debate for about six hours, the no-confidence motion moved by leader of the opposition Siddaramaiah was defeated by a voice vote.

"The motion is in favour of Nos.The motion is defeated by the voice vote," Speaker Kageri said as he wound up the current session of the Karnataka Assembly. While initiating the debate on the no-confidence motion, Congress veteran Siddaramaiah launched a scathing attack on the BJP government, more specifically on Chief Minister B S Yediyurappas family.

Alleging that the BJP government has lost the peoples trust to continue in power, Siddaramaiah said the BJP never had the mandate to rule the state. "You were short of enough numbers (in the assembly) but you came up with Operation Lotus.

Mr Yediyurappa is the father of Operation Lotus (a term used by the opposition to describe moves to lure legislators to BJP) in the country," Siddaramaiah said as he began the debate on the no-confidence motion. Siddaramaiah was referring to the fall of the Congress-JDS coalition government in July last year with some congress and JDS legislators resigning from the assembly and later joining the BJP. Alleging that the government failed to provide relief to the flood affected people in 2019, Siddaramaiah said the government had sought about Rs 35,000 crore relief from the Centre whereas it got only Rs 1,662 crore. On the law and order front, Siddaramaiah claimed the government failed as two people were shot dead in Mangaluru during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act/National Register of Citizens protests.

The former chief minister alleged that government failed to act on time during the violence in Bengaluru on August 11 this year during which Congress MLA R Akhanda Srinivasa Murthys house, his sister Jayanthi's house and two police stations were torched.

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