K'taka Governor hints at asking CM Jagadish Shettar to prove majority

H R Bhardwaj

He said since the Speaker was not in town, he had not sent any communication to him. "I have sent (communication) to the government and told the chief minister to immediately contact the Speaker and it is the duty of the government to transact business and government has to arrange for his presence."

Asked if there was a Constitutional crisis and the government should continue in office, he said, "There is Constitutional law which applies straightaway that the Governor has to send the matter to the floor of the House. I am thinking on that line."

In the 225-member Assembly, BJP has a strength of 117 excluding Speaker and it requires 113 for a simple majority. Congress has 71 members and JDS 26. There are seven Independents and two vacancies. One member is nominated.

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