The Karnataka Assembly was adjourned for the second straight day on Thursday after Bharatiya Janata Party legislators disrupted proceedings, claiming that the coalition government of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) lacks majority, PTI reported.

BJP MLAs asked Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to step down and shouted slogans such as “down down government without majority” and “No unity, no majority”.

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar initially adjourned the House for 10 minutes. When the Assembly reconvened, the Opposition party continued its protests, forcing the speaker to adjourn the House till 12.30 pm on Friday. Kumaraswamy, who holds the finance portfolio, will table the 2019-’20 Budget on Friday.

Nine Congress MLAs, who had skipped the party legislature meeting on Wednesday, were not present in the Assembly on Thursday despite the party issuing a whip directing them to be present in the House on all days of the Budget session. Among the rebel legislators are Umesh Jadhav, Mahesh Kumtalli, Ramesh Jarkiholi and B Nagendra, who are reportedly in touch with the BJP.

Legislator JN Ganesh, who was suspended last month from the Congress after he allegedly assaulted fellow party MLA Anand Singh during a brawl at a resort, was also absent.

Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah issued a second whip, ordering four dissenting party lawmakers to attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting, ANI reported. Siddaramaiah said the legislators would face action under the anti-defection law if they remain absent.

Meanwhile, three BJP lawmakers and Janata Dal-Secular legislator Narayana Gowda were also not present in the Assembly, IANS reported. “Our three legislators – Karunakara Reddy, Doddannagouda Patil and Chinnappa Nimbannavar – had taken permission from the party leaders for not being able to attend the session due to personal reasons,” BJP state unit spokesperson Vamanacharya told the news agency.

In the Karnataka Legislative Council, BJP members stormed the Well of the House and protested against the government. “It is an anti-people government which lacks majority and hence, it has no right to continue,” said BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok.

On Wednesday, Governor Vajubhai Vala, who was addressing the joint session of the legislature, was forced to cut short his speech after BJP MLAs created a ruckus.

The BJP state unit had said on Wednesday that the ruling government has no moral right to present a new budget. “The chief minister has not waived farmers loan as promised in previous budget and he is all set to present a new budget,” the party had tweeted. “This anti-farmer government has no moral rights to present a new bogus budget when it could not fulfill the promises it made in old budget.”