Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], May 25 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy comfortably passed the floor test on Friday, after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs staged a walkout from the Vidhana Soudha (state assembly).
With this, he successfully proved his majority in the state assembly.
The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance together with two independent candidates have 117 MLAs, six more than the majority required to form a government in the state. All the 117 MLAs voted in Kumaraswamy's favour.
The floor test was considered significant for the Congress-JD(S) alliance after the BJP decided not to go for floor test as it did not have the required number of members to establish its claim to run the government.
The Supreme Court directed that the floor test be held last Saturday, a day after Yeddyurappa took oath as the chief minister.
Prior to Friday's assembly session, Kumaraswamy expressed his confidence about winning the floor test.
Yeddyurappa, on the other hand, confirmed during his address in the assembly that the BJP had withdrawn the name of Suresh Kumar as its candidate for the Speaker's post, as it wanted the election of the Speaker to be unanimous. (ANI)