Eswarappa challenges oppn to move no confidence motion
Despite facing a challenge for survival following the quit of B S Yeddyurappa from the party triggering a vertical split, the BJP today posesd a brave face and challenged the opposition Congress and Janata Dal(S) to move a no-confidence motion in the Winter Session of the state legislatures that began here today, 'if they have guts'.
Deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa challenged the opposition parties in the Lagislative Council to move a no trust vote against the government and said he was confident that his government will survive.
Noisy scenes erupted following a heated exchange of words between JD(S) floor leader M C Nanaiah and Mr Eshwrappa after the veteran leader from Kodagu sought explanation from the latter on the 'genuineness and authenticity' of the BJP government in Karnataka. He was quickly supported by the Congress members including the opposition leader in the upper house S R Patil.
Taking the matter further, Mr Nanaiah questioned the constitutional validity of the BJP government which he remarked had witnessed a deep division due to the advent of the KJP launched by distraught former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
When things turned serious following Mr Eshwarappa's challenge, Council Chairman D H Shankara Murthy adjourned the house for an hour.