Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Friday asserted he would not misuse power to save his government, as he spoke on the confidence motion moved by him in the Assembly to decide the fate of his ministry.
In his speech seeking the trust vote with Governor Vajubhai Vala asking him to prove his majority by 1.30 p.m Friday, Kumaraswamy charged that an atmosphere was from day one that "this government will go" and it was unstable.
"After 14 months (in power), we have come to the final stage," Kumaraswamy said.
"Let's have discussion. You can still form government. Nothing urgent. You can do it on Monday or Tuesday also. I am not going to misuse power," Kumaraswamy told the BJP.
Kumaraswamy also told BJP, "from the day I came to power, I know it won't be for long... how long you will sit in power, I am here to see... how stable your government will be with the people who are now helping you."
Kumaraswamy began his speech after Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar made it clear when the House commenced its proceedings there was no scope for any other discussion except the trust vote.
The Speaker dismissed suggestions that he was trying to delay the vote on the confidence motion.
"I don't have to be partisan," Kumar said, expressing anguish over suggestions that he was trying to delay the trust vote.
He said there was discussion and "indirect comments" made that he was delaying the process (vote of confidence).
After making his remarks, the Speaker asked the chief minister to speak on the debate on the trust vote, saying, "I am clear... no scope for any other discussion (except trust vote)."
Within hours after the confidence motion could not take place with the Speaker adjourning the day's proceedings in the Assembly on Thursday, the Governor had shot off a letter to the Chief Minister setting a deadline to conclude the trust vote by 1:30 pm on Friday.
The Governor had observed that resignation of 15 MLAs of the ruling JDS-Congress and withdrawal of support by two independents "prima facie" indicated Kumaraswamy has lost the confidence of the House.