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Bangalore news 22 July Highlights: Karnataka speaker keen on concluding proceedings today; reminds MLAs to speak not more than 10 mins

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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy with his cabinet colleagues arrives to attend the Assembly Session, at Vidhana Soudha. (File)

Bangalore news Highlights: As all eyes are on the Vidhana Soudha, Karnataka’s legislative assembly on Monday, the crucial floor test to prove whether the incumbent Congress-JD(S) coalition enjoys confidence in the House is set to happen. The future of the 14-month Kumaraswamy-led government, formed on May 23, 2018, will be clarified today.

Ahead of the crucial trust vote Monday, BJP Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa exuded confidence that it would be the last day of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state.

However, two Independent MLAs — R Shankar and H Nagesh –have decided to move the Supreme Court, seeking direction to conduct the floor test immediately.

In his last resort, CM Kumaraswamy tweeted an open letter to the 15 rebel MLAs camping in Mumbai, requesting them to attend the legislative session. “I request them to explain on the floor of the House how the BJP sabotaged democratic edifice and destroyed its sanctity,” he wrote in the letter.

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Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar holds a meeting with BJP leaders

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar holds a meeting with BJP leaders-Sunil Kumar, Basavaraj Bommai, CT Ravi & JDS leaders-Sa Ra Mahesh, HD Revanna, Bandeppa Kashempur, in his chamber at Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru.

Speaker has adjourned the Karnataka Legislative Assembly

Speaker Ramesh Kumar has adjourned the Karnataka Legislative Assembly session for 10 minutes following an uproar by the MLAs of JD(S)-Congress at the well of the House.

MB Patil has called an meeting with Commissioner of Police, to discuss about zero traffic

K'taka Home Minister MB Patil has called an official meeting with Commissioner of Police, to discuss about zero traffic reportedly given to rebel MLAs when they came back to Bengaluru to meet the speaker.

Zero traffic was not provided to rebel MLA's: Home minister

Karnataka Home Minister MB Patil at Vidhana Soudha: Only because Governor had asked us to provide them (rebel MLAs) security, we did that Zero traffic was not provided to them.

Speaker reminds House to avoid repetitions, allegations

"No repetitions, no allegations and not more than 10 minutes," speaker Ramesh Kumar reiterates as he reminds the House that he "needs to conclude the proceedings today."

Karnataka Speaker refers assembly as 'big circus company'

Karnataka speaker ruled that the Supreme Court interim order in no way protects the Rebel MLA’s: Dinesh Gundu Rao

Karnataka speaker ruled that the Supreme Court interim order in no way protects the Rebel MLA’s if they violate the Whip, says KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao. 

Speaker's 'whip' ruling upholds rights of political parties: Siddarmaiah

HD Kumaraswamy congratulates ISRO  for the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy congratulates ISRO  for the successful launch of Chandrayaan 2.

Session resumes; Speaker keen to finish proceedings today

As the Session resumed after lunch, Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar has clarified that he wants to conclude the proceedings today. He asks members to take only 10 minutes each for their speech to make the same possible today. 

Session adjourned for lunch

Speaker Ramesh Kumar has adjourned the Karnataka Legislative Assembly session for lunch till 3.30 pm 

Resign and go: BJP's message to H D Kumaraswamy

The BJP Monday asked Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy "to resign and go" if he has faith in the Constitution and people of the state. The BJP said Kumaraswamy himself moved the confidence motion but the trust process was still prolonging. On its Facebook page, the BJP said, "If at all you have faith and respect for the Constitution and the people of the state, you resign and go home." The BJP ran a hashtag in Kannada, "people of the state will not forgive you."

Byre Gowda calls it a conspiracy by BJP

It is a pre-planned conspiracy against the coalition govt. 16-17 MLAs didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to resign, says Krishna Byre Gowda. This was even as BJP members in the assembly repeatedly remind the speaker that time is running out for the trust vote and it needs to be held immediately.

Trust vote should not be delayed further, will not bring respect to House or me: Karnataka Speaker

The proceedings were adjourned till Monday after the Speaker extracted a commitment from the government that the process would be completed by Monday itself. "It will not bring respect to the House or to me," the Speaker made his position clear, implying that the trust vote should not be delayed further. "We are in public life. People are watching. In the name of discussion, if an opinion is created that we are wasting time, it won't be right on my part or anybody else's," he said.

Trust vote should not be delayed further, will not bring respect to House or me: Karnataka Speaker

The proceedings were adjourned till Monday after the Speaker extracted a commitment from the government that the process would be completed by Monday itself. "It will not bring respect to the House or to me," the Speaker made his position clear, implying that the trust vote should not be delayed further. "We are in public life. People are watching. In the name of discussion, if an opinion is created that we are wasting time, it won't be right on my part or anybody else's," he said.

BJP delegation met me demanding floor test today itself: Speaker

Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar begins proceedings in Karnataka legislative assembly. He confirms that a BJP delegation met him requesting for the floor test to be conducted today itself.  Speaking first, during the first few minutes of the session, the Speaker has insisted that the trust vote is held before proceedings end on Monday.

Session resumes after 1 hour delay

Speaker Ramesh Kumar in the chair at the Vidhana Soudha. Session resumes at 12 noon, after an hour's delay from the expected time of resume of proceedings in the Karnataka legislative assembly. Clarifying the delay and apologising for the same, Speaker Ramesh Kumar said, "The delay took place as I was waiting for the SC ruling on the 'whip' issue and the plea submitted by MLAs."

CM Kumaraswamy requests Speaker to hold trust vote on July 24

Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy has requested Speaker Ramesh Kumar to hold trust vote on July 24 (Wednesday). He has cited that the Supreme Court is yet to respond to his petition seeking clarification on the 'whip' issue. However, the Speaker is yet to respond to his request.

Disqualification of rebel Congress MLAs: Speaker summons legislators to Vidhana Soudha at 11am, July 23

Speaker Ramesh Kumar issues notice to rebel MLAs, summons them to his office at 11 am on July 23. Notice issued over disqualification plea by coalition leaders.

IMA scam: Prime suspect Mansoor Khan rushed for treatment

The prime suspect of the IMA scam case, Mohammed Mansoor Khan, was rushed to the ICU of Jayadeva Hospital in Bangalore after he complained of chest pain on Sunday night. Khan was first rushed to Victoria Hospital but was later referred to Jayadeva hospital. Mansoor, who is under ED custody till Wednesday, is now under medication for heart- related ailments. In a video that he released on July 15 while absconding in Dubai, Khan had said he is suffering from three heart blockages for which he requires immediate treatment. Khan had then further added that he was on "bed rest for the last 30 days".

READ| IMA scam: Bedridden for last 30 days, want to return in 24 hours, says Mansoor Khan in video

SC declines to take up plea by 2 independent MLAs

The Supreme Court declines to take up today plea by 2 independent MLAs, R Shankar, and H Nagesh, for a direction to hold floor test forthwith. The apex court said it will consider whether it can be listed tomorrow.

Also read| Two Independent MLAs to move SC: CM Kumaraswamy may avoid Karnataka trust vote

BJP MLAs arrive at Vidhana Soudha

Ahead of the crucial day of proceedings in the Karnataka legislative assembly, BJP legislators have arrived at the Vidhana Soudha. The session is adjourned till 11 am on Monday. The trust vote process may witness lengthy speeches by coalition MLAs while the BJP has decided to refrain from speaking at length in order to ensure that the trust vote is completed by the end of the day.

Saint's tomb vandalised: Koppal Police arrest 6 treasure hunters

Koppal Police arrested six treasure hunters from Tadapatri, Anantapur, and other places in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday for the destruction of the Brindavana of Vyasaraja Tirtha at Anegondi, near Hampi. The arrested were identified as T. Bala Narasaiah, 42, Pollari Murali Manohar Reddy, 33, D. Manohar, 27, K. Kummat Keshava, 29, B. Vijaya Kumar, 36, and Sriramulu, 45. Another accused, Srinivas Reddy, 40, is absconding. The police have also seized pickaxes, shovels, spades and other tools used for digging the Brindavana, besides a four-wheeler.

Also read| Saint’s tomb near Hampi vandalised by suspected treasure hunters: Police

Heavy security around Vidhana Soudha; MLAs enroute to session

BJP MLAs leave for Vidhana Soudha from Ramada Resort to attend the Assembly session. Congress MLAs to leave for assembly from their hotel at 10 am to attend the session. Security heightened around  assembly ahead of crucial floor test. Additional forces deployed to avoid any untoward incident.

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Karnataka Trust Vote: Kharge takes a dig at regional TV media

Karnataka social welfare minister Priyank Kharge took a dig at the regional media in the state making a sarcastic remark which says, "They seem to have interpreted the Constitution,anti defection law & Governor’s role better than legal experts." The tweet was made on Monday morning, just hours ahead of the crucial legislative session.

Flashback: 2 deadlines set by Guv not met on Friday

The assembly was adjourned till Monday after the Governor's 1.30 PM deadline and the second one to conclude the confidence motion process by Friday itself was ignored, prolonging the climax to the ceaseless power struggle that has been on for the last three weeks. As the situation threatens to blow into a Constitutional crisis, the ruling coalition has vociferously questioned the Governor's power to issue such directions.

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Karnataka trust vote: Here's how the numbers look

The resignation of 15 coalition MLAs has reduced the strength of the H D Kumaraswamy government in the 225-member Assembly to 102 MLAs compared to the opposition BJP’s 105 MLAs plus two Independents. The only glimmer of hope for the coalition came from the BSP whose supremo Mayawati directed the lone BSP MLA in the assembly to support the coalition.

Coalition leaders try hard to convince rebels, but in vain

The coalition leaders from Congress and JD(S) worked over the weekend to convince the rebel MLAs to participate in the trust vote scheduled for Monday with the hope of at least being on par with the BJP, expecting some of them to vote in favour of the Kumaraswamy-led government. However, the 13 rebels in Mumbai sent out a video message saying they would not budge from their decision to resign and withdraw support to the coalition.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru Police filed an FIR against a Facebook page administrator after city mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun alleged that it was being used to spread fake news against her. According to the complaint handed over to City Police Commissioner Alok Kumar on July 20, the mayor alleged that ‘Modi Bhakta’, a Kannada Facebook page, was running a “misinformation campaign” that she is against the setting up of Ganesh pandals on roads.

READ| Bengaluru Mayor files police complaint over fake news on Ganesh festival

At the same time, the Brindavana (tomb) of Sri Vyasaraja Tirtha, Rajaguru of Vijayanagara Emperor Krishnadevaraya was vandalised by unknown persons on Thursday and is now being reconstructed by the devotees.

READ| Saint’s tomb near Hampi vandalised by suspected treasure hunters: Police

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