The BJP has "abducted" and "kept in wrongful confinement" Karnataka Congress MLA Anand Singh by using the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Income Tax (I-T) department against him, the party alleged on the eve of the floor test for the Yeddyurappa government.
Speaking to reporters after participating in a demonstration by the Congress against Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala, former chief minister Siddaramaiah said all the 78 legislators of the party and two Independent MLAs were with them.
However, he alleged that Singh had been "abducted".
On Pratap Gowda Patil, who is also reported to be "missing", Siddaramaiah said he was with them.
"Pratap Gowda Patil came and signed on the paper (list of MLAs) that was submitted to the governor," he said.
Rejecting suggestions of any break in the ranks of the Congress and the JD(S) MLAs, Siddaramaiah maintained that all of them were together.
Welcoming the Supreme Court ordering the floor test tomorrow, he said the BJP did not enjoy majority with only 104 seats.
"They have won 104 only. They don't have 112 seats, they don't have even one seat above 104 because two independents got elected with us. Congress (78), JDS (37) and two independents (independent+KPJP) and BSP 1...total 118. As Kumaraswamy has won two seats it stands at 117."
"All of us are together. We have an understanding. Despite this being reality, despite they (BJP) not askingfor 15 days, the governor has given them 15 days to prove majority. What inference could one draw?" Siddaramaiah said.
"It is a murder ofdemocracy. It is a clear violation of constitution," he said.
He said never in the past had a chief minister been given 15 days to prove majority.
Siddaramaiah also termed the Supreme Court verdict as "historic.
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