The ongoing Karnataka crisis seems to head in no direction as the trust vote drama seems to end not anytime soon. Lashing out at the BJP for mocking his brother and Karnataka minister HD Revanna over his beliefs, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy asked if it was even possible to save the government using lemons and magic.

During the trust vote debate in Karnataka Assembly, Kumaraswamy raised the issue of lemons and black magic. Revanna on Thursday had arrived barefoot in the Assembly ahead of the trust vote. He was donning a white shirt, white lungi when he appeared for the floor test of the Congress- JD (S) government in Karnataka Assembly.

Accusations based on superstition has been made against Revanna because the minister in the past too has been observed carrying lemon in his hands to ward off the evil eye for which the BJP ministers have mocked him several times.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka assembly on Friday failed to meet 1:30 pm deadline set by governor Vajubhai Vala for chief Minister Kumaraswamy to prove his majority in the house. As the deadline neared, the ruling coalition questioned the governor’s power to issue such a direction, with Kumaraswamy citing a Supreme Court verdict that a governor cannot act as ombudsman of the legislature.

When the trust vote deadline of 1:30 pm set by BJP ended in the afternoon, Kumaraswamy said he would not criticise the governor and asked speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to decide whether the governor could set a deadline. Though BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa stood up and pressed for division on the vote of confidence moved by the chief minister. The speaker said there was a process to be followed and the motion would be put to vote, if pressed for, according to rules after discussion.

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