As high-decibel political debates failed to see a conclusion in Karnataka legislative assembly on Friday, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar has adjourned the assembly till 11 am on July 22 (Monday). With the chief minister H D Kumaraswamy missing the second deadline set by Governor Vajubhai Vala (6 pm on July 19), debates on the Governor’s power to intervene in assembly proceedings went on for hours as the same was repeatedly questioned by Congress-JD(S) legislators throughout the day.
“The Governor cannot manufacture any business for the House to transact through a so-called message or otherwise,” Congress MLA and RDPR minister Krishna Byre Gowda reads out a Supreme Court Constitutional Bench ruling citing the limits of the Governor’s power.
On the other hand, the opposition continued to raise their demand to hold a floor test constantly, at times, interrupting legislators from the coalition speaking in the Assembly. Reiterating their demand to hold a floor test by end of the day, leader of opposition BS Yeddyurappa said, “Governor’s letter sent today has mentioned that the vote should finish today. People on our side will sit peacefully even if it till late at night. Let it take however long it takes, but we have to respect the Governor’s direction.”
Session adjourned till 11 am on July 22
We shall close this on Monday: Siddarmaiah
"Another 20 of our legislators are still waiting for a chance to speak. No matter what happens on Monday, we shall close this (debate on confidence motion) on Monday," CLP leader Siddarmaiah suggests to the Speaker.
Coalition legislators demand Speaker to hold floor test on Monday
Congress-JD(S) legislators have started demanding that the floor test and further proceedings should continue on Monday. Speaker Ramesh Kumar is back chairing Vidhana Soudha after a 30-minute break. All eyes on him now.
Ready to wait for however long it takes today: Yeddyurappa
Reiterating their demand to hold a floor test by end of the day, leader of opposition BS Yeddyurappa said, "Governor's letter sent today has mentioned that the vote should finish today. People on our side will sit peacefully even if it till late at night. Let it take however long it takes, but we have to respect the Governor's direction."
No MLA has sought my protection: Speaker Ramesh Kumar
Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday said no MLA has sought protection from him amid allegations by the Congress that rebel lawmakers were being held captive to bring down the government. "No one has come seeking protection... nor have their families come.. so the issue ends there," Kumar said. Senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar said he had been to Mumbai where the rebel MLAs are sequestered and according to his information, they were in "captivity and confinement". (PTI)
Minister Krishna Byre Gowda alleges conspiracy against Guv
Repeatedly seeking time for the Congress-JD(S) coalition to buy time for the crucial trust vote in Vidhana Soudha, RDPR minister Krishna Byre Gowda has been leading the charge since Thursday. Continuing the same, the RDPR minister has now alleged Governor Vajubhai Vala of conspiracy. He questioned the Governor "giving only a 15-hour deadline to JD(S)-Congress alliance for seeking trust vote, as he earlier gave 15 days to BJP when they had to prove majority."
Approached SC to contend two issues: Dy CM Parameshwara clarifies
We have approached Supreme Court to contend two major issues:— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) July 19, 2019
Parties have the right to issue whips to their legislators & this cannot be taken away by any court.
When the house is in session, Governor can't issue directions or deadlines to when we should have a trust vote.
People have been mocking our state by labelling us Kar'Nataka': Lakshmi Hebbalkar
Hold floor test today even the clock ticks past 9: BJP
BJP legislators have urged Speaker Ramesh Kumar to hold a floor test on Friday itself "even if the clock ticks past 9 pm." The opposition in the House has been keen on holding the floor test since Thursday morning and has been constantly alleging Congress-JD(S) leaders of "delaying the process".
SC interim order troubles confidence vote in House: Dy CM G Parameshwara
"The Supreme Court's interim order for the resignation of legislators is troubling the vote of confidence in the House. Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has filed a petition seeking clarification on the order. Our transparent walk is constitutional and honest," deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara wrote on Twitter.
ಶಾಸಕರ ರಾಜೀನಾಮೆಗೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದಂತೆ ಸರ್ವೋಚ್ಛ ನ್ಯಾಯಾಲಯದ ಮಧ್ಯಂತರ ಆದೇಶದಿಂದ ಸದನದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಶ್ವಾಸ ಮತ ಯಾಚಿಸಲು ತೊಂದರೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) July 19, 2019
ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ಆದೇಶದ ಕುರಿತು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟೀಕರಣ ಕೇಳಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಕುಮಾರಸ್ವಾಮಿಯವರು ಅರ್ಜಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ನಮ್ಮ ಪಾರದರ್ಶಕ ನಡೆ ಸಾಂವಿಧಾನಿಕವೂ ಪ್ರಾಮಾಣಿಕವೂ ಆಗಿದೆ.
MLAs in Mumbai ready to return back: D K Shivakumar
"Our legislators camping in Mumbai have spoken to our Chief Minister. They have clarified that they are ready to return to attend the Assembly," says Congress MLA D K Shivakumar.
Confidence motion will lose sanctity if delayed: BJP MLA Suresh Kumar
Urging the House and the Speaker to complete proceedings of the ongoing session soon, BJP MLA Sures Kumar said, "Confidence motion will lose its sanctity if it is delayed." The discussion on the same continues in the House.
Will conclude the session on Monday: H D Kumaraswamy
Clarifying that the session can be concluded on Monday, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said, "It is important that all members should be given an opportunity to speak on the floor. All MLAs have to go back to their respective constituencies as well."
Speaker asks Cong-JD (S) members on how much time they would require
Speaker Ramesh Kumar has asked the Congress- JD(S) members on how many people would want to speak on the motion and how much time they would require. The coalition is looking at fielding around 20 speakers and they say they would like to take time till tuesday/wednesday. It is being objected by BJP members who want the vote to be taken up now. The second deadline given by the governor for 6 pm today has also passed.
Karnataka crisis: Why is BJP opposing discussion on floor test- MLA Shivalinge Gowda
'Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s floor test lasted for 10 days. Why is BJP opposing discussion on floor test': MLA Shivalinge Gowda
Cong moves SC against its July 17 order regarding 15 rebel MLAs
KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao has moved the Supreme Court against its July 17 order which said that 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to attend House proceedings. He said, " it “whittles down the right of a political party to issue a whip to its legislators...”.
Congress Karnataka unit President Dinesh Gundu Rao moves Supreme Court against July 17 order which said 15 rebel MLAs be not compelled to attend house proceedings. Says it “whittles down the right of a political party to issue a whip to its legislators...”. @IndianExpress— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) July 19, 2019
I leave the decision on the floor test to you (the Speaker)-CM Kumaraswany
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in state Assembly: I leave the decision on the floor test to you (the Speaker). It won't be directed by Delhi. I request you to protect me from the letter sent by the Governor.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in state Assembly: I leave the decision on the floor test to you (the Speaker). It won't be directed by Delhi. I request you to protect me from the letter sent by the Governor. https://t.co/zUHJxNKpIZ— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019
Coalition legislators chant 'Down down Amit Shah, down down BJP'
Congress-JD(S) legislators chanted "Down down Amit Shah, down down BJP" after Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao alleged that the Union Home Minister has links to the political situation that prevails in Karnataka at present. However, speaker K R Ramesh Kumar brought the House back to order saying, "He (Amit Shah) is not a member of this House and hence such allegations will not go into the assembly record."
BJP leaders to meet Governor
A delegation of BJP legislators and senior leaders will meet Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to complain against CM HD Kumaraswamy
for not following Governor’s directive.
Dinesh Gundu Rao seeks SC clarification on 'whip' issue
Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao has moved the Supreme Court claiming that the apex court's order dated July 17 (which directed that 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to attend Assembly) violated the party's right under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution to issue whip to the legislators.
Assembly resumes after lunch
Karnataka Legislative Assembly sessions resumes for the day after lunch
Guv sends interim report of House proceedings to Home Secretary
Governor Vajubhai Vala has sent an interim report on today’s development to the Home Secretary. It can be recalled that he had given a 1.30 pm deadline to Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy to prove his confidence in the House by 1.30 pm on Friday.
'Shameless' (Cong-JDS) leaders murder Democracy to stay in power: CT Ravi
According to the CONgress and JD (S) leaders Our Constitution, Supreme Court & Governor are at fault.— C T Ravi 🇮🇳 ಸಿ ಟಿ ರವಿ (@CTRavi_BJP) July 19, 2019
Only their Corrupt, Power Hungry and Anti-People leaders are right.
These shameless leaders have proved that they will not hesitate to murder Democracy to stay in power.
SR Vishwanath terms Srinivas Gowda allegation 'old'
SR Vishwanath BJP MLA speaking to the press on allegations on him for trying to lure Srinivas Gowda to the BJP by offering him money. He says the issue is an old one, and the issue has been brought to the notice of the Anti Corruption Bureau and during these hearings, Srinivas Gowda has not pressed the allegations.
Siddaramaiah hints at no possibilty of floor test today
Discussion on confidence motion is still going on. A total 20 MLAs have given their names to speak on the issue & they have complete right to speak on the floor of the house.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 19, 2019
Only after this, the vote can be placed!!
Speaker adjourns the assembly session till 3 pm
Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar has adjourned the legislative assembly session till 3 pm. He clarified that no trust vote will take place until the ongoing debate gets completed.
Speaker explains the process of the division procedure
Speaker explains the process of the division procedure, giving indications that after the discussion is over, he is inclined to go in for a division. BJP members move in for slogan shouting.
While Basavaraj Bommai and Madhuswamy are leading the debate from the BJP end, from the coalition, it is Krishna Byre Gowda who is leading the charge.
Governors 1.30 deadline ends
Unless the discussion is over there cannot be a vote, says Speaker, while BJP members raise a hue and cry over the issue. The time of 1.30 given by the Governor for a vote has passed.
Congress-JD(S) MLAs chant 'Go back Governor'
Soon after Congress MLA Krishna Byre Gowda completed presenting various citations on the limits of the Governor's powers, Congress-JD(S) legislators in the house chant, "Go back Governor," leading to more ruckus in the House.
Speaker reads out Shrimant Patil's latest e-mail in House
Congress MLA Shrimant Patil, the legislator from Kagwad Assembly segment, wrote an e-mail to Speaker Ramesh Kumar clarifying his absence for the day. Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar read out the letter in the House - “Please allow me to be absent from the Assembly session. I was in Chennai for some urgent work when I had severe chest pain and visited my family doctor in Mumbai. I have not spoken to any BJP leader and I am not kidnapped (as per media reports). The Speaker added that he received the e-mail at 12.45 pm on Friday.
Congress MLA cites Supreme Court Constitutional Bench ruling citing the limits of the Governor's power
"The Governor cannot manufacture any business for the House to transact through a so-called message or otherwise," Congress MLA Krishna Byre Gowda reads out a Supreme Court Constitutional Bench ruling citing the limits of the Governor's power. #KarnatakaFloorTest @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/oD6QRsJinq— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) July 19, 2019
Consider MLAs rights before deciding on Guv's message: Krishna Byre Gowda
"Please consider the legislators' rights while deciding on what to do next in the light of the Governor's message," Congress MLA Krishna Byre Gowda requests the Speaker, citing a Supreme Court Constitutional Bench ruling on the limits on rights of Governors.
Is implementing Guv's deadline feasible:CM Kumaraswamy asks
Discussing possibilities of holding a floor test in the House today, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy questions the power of the Governors. He cited several Supreme Court verdicts asking whether implementing the deadline set by the Governor is feasible.
Congress MLA accuses BJP of 'offering Rs 5 crore'
Congress MLA from Kolar Sreenivas Gowda alleged that BJP members Aswath Narayan, CP Yogeshwar and SR Vishwanath visited him at his residence and offered him Rs 5 crore, but he didn't accept the money. Reacting to this, Congress MLA Krishna Byre Gowda said, "We have to take Srinivas Gowda's words into serious consideration. The fact that the BJP has not moved a privilege motion against him proves his allegation right. He has taken names, this is the truth. This is horse-trading."
Congress MLA @krishnabgowda says, "We have to take Srinivas Gowda's words into serious consideration. The fact that the BJP has not moved a privilege motion against him proves his allegation right. He has taken names, this is the truth. This is horse-trading" @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/ocHNsGojQ7— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) July 19, 2019
Congress MLA accuses BJP of 'offering (him) Rs 5 crore'
Congress MLA from Kolar Srinivas Gowda alleged that BJP members Aswath Narayan, CP Yogeshwar and SR Vishwanath went to his house offering Rs 5 crore. "I, however, chose not to accept the money," he said in Vidhana Soudha fuelling the ongoing chaos in the Karnataka legislative assembly.
IMA scam: Roshan Baig appears before SIT
Congress leader Roshan Baig appeared before the SIT probing the IMA case. He has submitted relevant records to the SIT. The officers will now through the records. "If further questioning is required, he (Baig) will be called again," the SIT clarified in a statement.
I am an accidental CM: Kumaraswamy
"It is true that I am in a similar situation in which Yeddyurappa was when he was the CM previously. Power is not permanent and people will come and go... I never dreamt of becoming the CM. I am an accidental CM," H D Kumaraswamy says in Vidhana Soudha
Speaker lashes out at opposition
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar was terribly annoyed at those who cast aspersions on his character and behaviour during the session. "People know me. I don't have lakhs of money stashed up like others and I have enough strength to take a non partisan decision," he said.
Karnataka assembly proceedings begin
The Karnataka assembly proceedings have begun and after a short speech by Speaker Ramesh Kumar, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has begun his speech. Meanwhile, Rebel MLA Nagaraj in a video says that Ramalinga Reddy's decision to withdraw his resignation, was shocking to him. The rebel MLA says that Reddy might changed his decision after holding talks with some rebel MLAs.
Karnataka assembly session to start soon
Congress leaders and JD (S) members are entering the assembly premises in a fairly relaxed manner. BJP leaders are still in the assembly and are looking refreshed after a good night's sleep. Speaker Ramesh Kumar is enroute to the assembly and CM is expected soon.