Prakash Karat, General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), has issued the following statement:

The vote of confidence conducted in the Karnataka Assembly was farcical and a gross violation of democratic norms. The CPI(M) reiterate that a proper vote of confidence must be taken in the Assembly in which all MLAs are allowed to participate and the vote recorded.

Without doing so, the Yeddyurappa government cannot be treated as having acquired a vote of confidence.