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Written by Ralph Alex Arakal , Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru | Updated: July 19, 2019 9:48:03 am
Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy leaves Vidhana Soudha after meeting with Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar in his chamber, in Bengaluru, Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

In what is seen to be the culmination of developments related to the political crisis in Karnataka, the state legislative assembly is in session on Thursday. It can be recalled that the Supreme Court left it to the discretion of Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to decide on the resignations of 15 rebel coalition MLAs in Karnataka. The SC also ordered that the legislators cannot be compelled to attend the session, in an interim order, on Wednesday.

However, the Congress and JD(S) Wednesday had decided to issue a whip to all its legislators, including 16 MLAs who have resigned, to attend the trust vote scheduled Thursday as well as a separate whip to vote for the coalition.

READ| Karnataka Trust Vote today: Supreme Court verdict not in our way, says Congress, will issue whip

Meanwhile, Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court order on the political crisis, asserting that it was a “moral victory” for the rebel MLAs, whose resignations have pushed the ruling Congress-JDS coalition to the brink of collapse.

READ| Karnataka crisis: SC verdict a moral victory for rebel MLAs, says Yeddyurappa


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19:30 (IST)18 Jul 2019
IN PICS | Congress alleges 'abduction' of MLA Shrimant Patil; writes to Bengaluru Police Commissioner seeking 'protection'
18:28 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Assembly session adjourned till Friday 11 AM; BJP for all-night dharna

Session adjourned till 11 am tomorrow (Friday). BJP leaders say that they are ready to stay the whole night in the house, till they get justice.  Yeddyurappa says party MLAs will sleep in Vidhan Soudha.

18:24 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Cong- JD (S) members carry placards and shout down BJP

Cong and JD (S) members of the house are carrying placards of pictures of  Shrimanth Patil, the Congress MLA who was missing from the resort and who had now been hospitalised in Mumbai. Coalition members are shouting that Patil has been kidnapped and want justice for the same.  

17:40 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Speaker leaves House to meet Advocate General

The speaker has left the house to meet up with the advocate general and the BJP members are making a hue and cry on the issue. They want a vote immediately while the Congress and JDS benches are objecting to the same. They want a decision from the speaker on the directive received from the governor.

17:29 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Guv's message can be a 'wrongly sent' one: H K Patil

"Governor might not have sent a directive. It can be a wrongly sent message. Whatever contribution that makes to the House is different, but this amounts to interference to proceedings in this House which the Governor shall not do. We advise, as Karnataka assembly, that the Governor shall not interfere to the proceedings of this House," senior Congress MLA H K Patil said, reacting to the message sent by Governor Vajubhai Vala to Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar.

17:27 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Congress MLAs object to Guv's interference in House proceedings

Congress members of the house object to the interference of the Governor in the proceedings of the house. They found fault with the BJP for trying to seek the intervention of the Governor in the working of the house. The speaker, however, intervened to say that the opposition had the right to meet the Governor and ask him to act on some issue. However, it is up to him to finally decide on the matter. He would be influenced by anyone on the matter.

17:10 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Karnataka Guv directs Speaker to hold floor test today

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to conduct trust vote today. "The motion of confidence moved by the CM of Karnataka is in consideration before the house today. The CM is expected to maintain the confidence of his house during all times of his tenure. I, therefore, send this message to the House to consider completing the process by the end of the day. This according to me, will uphold the highest traditions of democracy and parliamentary practice," the message says, as read out in Vidhana Soudha by speaker Ramesh Kumar.

16:57 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Karnataka floor test: Speaker to seek legal advice on whip issue

Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar sought time to obtain legal advice after Congress leader Siddaramaiah moved a point of order saying powers of political parties to control their legislators would be affected. In the light of the Supreme Court order issued on July 17 which barred the dissenting MLAs from being compelled to attend the trust vote, the Speaker seeks to consult the state advocate general if the whip issued to the MLAs will be valid or not.

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16:54 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Revised Bengaluru Metro route to airport likely to make ride longer for many

The revised route for Bengaluru’s Namma Metro to reach Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is expected to make access tedious for commuters from certain areas of the city even though the cost for the project has seen a 44.25 per cent increase to accommodate the changes. Namma Metro’s airport corridor was earlier designed to be from Gottigere to Kempegowda International Airport via Nagawara. However, the route has been revised to include KR Puram-Nagawara-Airport for an entire 38-kilometres stretch now.

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16:51 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Debate on trust vote should conclude today: Shettar

"There should be a debate on the trust vote which ideally should conclude today. The Speaker has paid no attention to us demanding this at all. Instead, he gave nod for an extended debate only on the Point of Order (during the beginning half of the proceedings on Thursday)," BJP MLA Jagdish Shettar says. Shettar who is a former Chief Minister of Karnataka has also served as the Speaker of Vidhana Soudha in the past.

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16:14 (IST)18 Jul 2019
BJP delegation meets Governor; alleges Speaker of 'delaying processes'

Meanwhile, a delegation of BJP leaders led by former chief minister Jagadish Shettar met Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala in Karnataka Raj Bhavan. The delegation has confirmed that they met the governor to complain on Speaker Ramesh Kumar delaying further processes by not holding a floor test, as promised before.

16:11 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Ruckus in Vidhana Soudha; House adjourned for half an hour

Following BJPs demand to hold the floor trust session immediately. Ruckus in the assembly and the house is adjourned for half an hour. Replying to BJP legislators demands, speaker Ramesh Kumar said, "I will not do it (floor test) according to your convenience."

15:32 (IST)18 Jul 2019
BJP directly involved in poaching: Dinesh Gundu Rao

"Our MLAs are being poached by the BJP. BJP is directly involved in poaching our legislators," Karnataka Congres president Dinesh Gundu Rao says as session resumes in Vidhana Soudha after lunch.

14:53 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Siddaramaiah calls for postponement of no-confidence motion
14:05 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Dy CM Parameshawara welcomes speaker's move to allow whip
13:49 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Session adjourned for lunch; to resume at 3 pm
13:47 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Speaker reiterates to be 'impartial, fair and judicious'
13:28 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Karnataka crisis: What’s a ‘whip’, and what does it do?

According to senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who was representing the rebel MLAs, the SC order renders inoperative the three-line whip issued against the rebel MLAs to attend the Assembly. Read more

13:14 (IST)18 Jul 2019
We need time to get clarity on resignations: HK Patil

We must decide if rebels are members of the house before the trust vote. They are saying they have resigned but the resignations are not accepted, so we need time to get clarity on the issue: Congress MLA HK Patil

13:02 (IST)18 Jul 2019
We came for confidence motion: BJP MLA Madhuswamy

"Why did CLP leader Siddaramaiah fail to give notice on the Point of Order? This would have given time for the BJP to prepare for the same. We came here prepared for the confidence motion called by the CM. Now we have ended up debating only the Point of Order. This will become precedence on other speakers," BJP MLA Madhuswamy says.

Meanwhile, the wife of Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi, 77, who was murdered at the doorstep of his home in Dharwad, Karnataka, has identified a man presented in a test identification parade as the person who shot her husband on August 30, 2015. The man identified by Umadevi Kalburgi on Wednesday is Ganesh Miskin, 27, it is learnt.

READ| M M Kalburgi’s wife identifies man who shot him

At the same time, thirteen Congress and three JD(S) MLAs have resigned since July 6, technically reducing the numbers of the coalition from 117 to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 in the 224-member House where the halfway mark is 113. However, the numbers will reduce only when the resignations are accepted by the Speaker or if the rebels are disqualified.

READ| Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield

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