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Karnataka news Highlights: Speaker Ramesh Kumar disqualifies 14 legislators; BSY’s vote of confidence to be held tomorrow

Bangalore News Today: Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar disqualified 14 MLAs from Vidhana Soudha as per anti-defection laws on Sunday.

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Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar disqualified three MLAs on Thursday.

Bangalore News Highlights July 28: Karnataka speaker K R Ramesh Kumar disqualified 14 MLAs from the Karnataka legislative assembly. The legislators who have been disqualified citing anti-defection laws as per the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution include 11 Congress MLAs and 3 JD(S) MLAs who had tendered resignations earlier this month, leading to a huge political crisis in the state.

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Disqualified MLAs full list:

Congress

1.Prathapgouda Patil (Maski, Raichur)
2.B C Patil (Hirekerur, Haveri)
3.Shivaram Hebbar (Yellapur, Uttara Kannada)
4.S T Somashekhar (Yeshwanthpura, Bengaluru)
5.Byrathi Basavaraj (KR Pura, Bengaluru)
6. Anand Singh (Vijaynagara, Ballari)
7.R Roshan Baig (Shivajinagar, Bengaluru)
8.N Munirathna (Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru)
9.K Sudhakar (Chikkaballapura)
10.M T B Nagaraj (Hosakote)
11. Shrimant Patil (Kagwad, Belgaum)

JD(S)
1. A H Vishwanath (Hunsuru, Mysore)
2. KC Narayana Gowda, (Krishnarajpet, Hassan)
3. K Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout, Bengaluru)

 

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14 MLAs disqualified: Siddaramaiah's confidante S T Somashekhar in list

S T Somashekhar, a two-term MLA is from the dominant Vokkaliga community in south Karnataka and a follower of Siddaramaiah. He has nursed ambitions of becoming a minister since 2013 when Siddaramaiah was chief minister. He was made the chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority through his intervention. Somashekhar, who has interests in real estate, construction, civil contracts, and travel business, is a close associate of two other Congress MLAs from north Bangalore — Byrathi Basavaraj and N Munirathna, who were also disqualified today. 

Disqualification of 14 MLAs upholds constitutional provisions: Dinesh Gundu Rao

I congratulate the speaker on this historic decision. The disqualification of the 14 MLAs from ⁦Congress and JD(S)⁩ upholds the constitutional provisions of the 10th schedule,  KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao said. 

Suspended Congress MLA Roshan Baig disqualified

R Roshan Baig, an eight-time MLA has been a minister on six occasions. He has served as home minister in the past and was the minister for urban development in the previous Siddaramaiah-led Congress government. Baig has been upset after being denied a position in the coalition ministry and has blamed Siddaramaiah for this.

He was suspended by the Congress after the Lok Sabha polls for blaming Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, for the party’s defeat. Baig was tipped to join the BJP when he was linked to the multi-crore ponzi scheme scam propagated by the IMA Group and its founder Mansoor Khan. In a video message before he fled the country, Khan alleged that he suffered losses because Baig borrowed over Rs 400 crore and did not return it. An SIT probing the matter has called Baig for questioning on July 11. The Congress leader had declared wealth to the tune of Rs 19 crore in 2013 and Rs 36 crore in 2018. Baig is not among the MLAs in Mumbai. He is overseeing Haj arrangements in Bengaluru after being appointed state head of the Haj Committee by the Union Ministry for Minority Affairs.

Karnataka Congress welcomes the decision

Soon after the decision to disqualify 14 more MLAs was announced on Sunday, Karnataka Congress tweeted, "We welcome the verdict. The people's court will also punish these lawmakers for betraying their parties and their people by joining hands with the BJP to bring down the alliance government."

Former JD(S) president A H Vishwanath among disqualified MLAs

A four-time MLA and a former MP, Vishwanath belongs to the backward class Kuruba community. He was the state president of the JDS till a few days before his move to resign from the Assembly. Vishwanath earlier resigned as state party president, citing the party’s defeat in Lok Sabha polls, the failure of the coalition and the Congress’s “indifference”. He has been engaged in a tussle with fellow Kuruba leader Siddaramaiah ever since he helped the latter join the Congress around 12 years ago. Soon, Siddaramaiah assumed the mantle of the foremost leader of the Kuruba community and Vishwanath was sidelined.

He joined the JDS in 2017 and was elected to the Assembly in 2018. In recent months, Vishwanath had grown disgruntled with the Vokkaliga-dominated section of the JDS over the way he was ignored in decision-making even in his own constituency. Vishwanath was seen with senior BJP leaders in Karnataka and Delhi ahead of his resignation. Although he was expected to quit, the veteran was not expected to be part of a group trying to topple the government. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Vishwanath, who is also a writer, declared wealth to the tune of Rs 3 crore. Ahead of the 2018 state polls, he declared the same amount of wealth. He is one of three JDS MLAs parked in hotels in Mumbai along with seven Congress MLAs.

Pushed to 'depression' due to this episode: Speaker

Where have we reached? The way I am being pressurized to deal with the situation(recent political developments in Karnataka) being a speaker... all these things have pushed me into a sea of depression, Speaker Ramesh Kumar adds after announcing the disqualification of the MLAs on Sunday. 


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17 MLAs disqualified in 3 days

Earlier last week, on June 25, the Speaker had three rebels Congress MLAs under the anti-defection law for anti-party activities, including association with the BJP to bring down the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. This brings the total number of disqualified MLAs in VIdhana Soudha to 17. 

Disqualified MLAs full list

Congress

1.Prathapgouda Patil (Maski, Raichur)
2.B C Patil (Hirekerur, Haveri)
3.Shivaram Hebbar (Yellapur, Uttara Kannada)
4.S T Somashekhar (Yeshwanthpura, Bengaluru)
5.Byrathi Basavaraj (KR Pura, Bengaluru)
6. Anand Singh (Vijaynagara, Ballari)
7.R Roshan Baig (Shivajinagar, Bengaluru)
8.N Munirathna (Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bengaluru)
9.K Sudhakar (Chikkaballapura)
10.M T B Nagaraj (Hosakote)
11. Shrimant Patil (Kagwad,Belgaum)

JD(S)
1. A H Vishwanath (Hunsuru, Mysore)
2. KC Narayana Gowda, (Krishnarajpet, Hassan)
3. K Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout, Bengaluru)

Speaker disqualifies 14 MLAs

Explained: Why Yediyurappa’s new government is also not on safe ground

The BJP’s party chief in Karnataka, B S Yediyurappa, took oath as the chief ministeras a consequence of his party defeating the Congress-JDS coalition in a trust vote on July 23. It is the second time that Yediyurappa has been invited to form the government in the 15th Karnataka Legislative Assembly elected in May 2018.

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Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 76-year old Yediyurappa at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan. Yediyurappa alone was sworn-in. Yediyurappa-led BJP ministry is assuming office three days after the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) government with the defeat of the motion of confidence moved by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy in the assembly by 99-105 votes. (PTI)

Karnataka Governor acting like BJP agent: Congress

In an attack directed at the Karnataka Governor for inviting Yeddyurappa for forming government in the state despite not reaching halfway mark to prove majority Congress' leader Adv. VS Ugrappa during press conference, said, "BJP does not have the numbers to prove majority yet. The Governor continues to act like a BJP agent. The invitation extended by him to Yeddyurappa to form the government is unconstitutional. It is against the mandate given by the people of Karnataka."

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Karnataka Congress to hold press conference at 1 pm

Senior Congress leader and ex-MP VS Ugrappa will be addressing a press conference today at the Bengaluru KPCC Office at 1 pm. Ugrappa, who is a lawyer by profession on the behalf of Congress is likely to present legal issues on how BJP has been given a chance to form government without majority.

Yeddyurappa to take oath alone, or with small team

At today's oath-taking ceremony at 6 pm, it is likely that Yeddyurappa will be sworn in alone or along with a very small team. BJP leaders have indicated that it is unlikely that a full Cabinet will take oath today.

Yeddyurappa takes oath at 6 pm; needs to prove majority by July 31

Soon-to-be-CM BS Yeddyurappa will need to prove majority in Assembly by July 31. He'll be swearing-in as CM today at 6 pm. BJP leaders indicate that Yeddyurappa is likely to take oath alone. 

'Got a phone call from Delhi and final nod from Amit Shah to go ahead'

BJP leaders who were outside Raj Bhavan to meet the Governor said, "Got a phone call from Delhi and a final nod from Amit Shah to go ahead leading to the same." The meeting is underway and Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Alok Kumar is also attending the meet.

Yeddyurappa will meet Karnataka Guv at 10 am to stake claim to form government

Former CM and Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa has confirmed that he would be meeting with Governor Vajubhai Vala at 10 am to stake claim to form the government and added that he would also urge for the oath-taking ceremony to be held today.

Dinesh Gundu Rao on Karnataka crisis: ‘This was a Rs 1000-crore operation…it has been going on for a year’

Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao talks to The Indian Express on the fall of the coalition government and the road ahead for the party in the state. "In the last year, we could not regroup and take issues to people because of various problems, the Lok Sabha elections, the dissidence. We have a voter base here, we have support," says Rao. Read the full interview

What does disqualification of MLAs mean?

The disqualification under the tenth schedule of the Constitution means the three MLAs - R Shankar, Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumatahalli -will be stripped of their status as legislators and not be able to contest an election during the remaining 46-month term of the current Assembly, the Speaker said. The MLAs have the option of legally challenging the decision.

The disqualified members will also not be able to hold any Constitutional position in the current Assembly, which effectively bars them from becoming ministers if the BJP forms a government.

Karnataka K R Ramesh Kumar Thursday disqualified three rebel Congress MLAs under the anti-defection law for anti-party activities, including association with the BJP to bring down the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in a trust vote two days ago. Read more

Decision on other cases in a couple of days: Speaker Ramesh Kumar

The decision on resignations and disqualifications of the remaining cases will be taken in a couple of days "as it requires a lot of reading." My judgement will be based on sound logic, evidence and arguments, speaker Ramesh Kumar clarified.

 

Who is 'disqualified MLA' Mahesh Kumatahalli?

Mahesh Kumatahalli is a close associate of Congress leader Ramesh Jharkiholi, the MLA from Belagavi region is known to follow Jharkiholi’s decisions. He has been associated with all five rebellions against the coalition government since September 2018.

He is a member of the Lingayat community. Kumaraswamy and deputy CM Parameshwara spoke to Kumatahalli a few weeks ago to get him to convince Ramesh against leaving the coalition. The businessman declared wealth to the tune of Rs 9 crore in 2018.

2 more MLAs disqualified - Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli

Who is 'disqualified' MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi?

Disqualified Congress MLA from Gokak (Belagavi) Ramesh Jarkiholi had travelled to Mumbai with 9 other MLAs soon after tendering his resignation to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on July 6.

The four-time MLA is one of the four Jarkiholi brothers who have exercised political control over a large part of Belagavi region over the past 15 to 20 years. Hailing from the ST Valmiki Nayak community, Ramesh and his brothers own sugar factories and other businesses in Belagavi worth hundreds of crores. One of the Jarkiholi brothers has inevitably featured in every government in the state over the past decade. One of the four, Satish, is a minister in the current Congress-JDS coalition. Ramesh and Satish are considered to be firm followers of Siddaramaiah with whom they have been associated since his Janata Dal days.

Last year, he was involved in a bitter dispute with Congress leader D K Shivakumar over the latter’s attempts to gain control over the Belagavi region in association with Lakshmi Hebbalkar, an MLA and former associate of Ramesh.

Judgement and justice in many cases will not be together: Speaker

In our judicial system, judgement and justice in many cases will not be together. Unfortunately people at the helm of affairs, by virtue of the Constitution will be in a position only to deliver judgement and not justice, speaker Ramesh Kumar says.

Shankar had merged his party with Cnngress in Vidhana Soudha

R Shankar, who was from Karnataka Pragnavantara Janata Paksha, had merged his party with the Congress in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The announcement on the same was made soon after he was inducted into the Kumaraswamy-led cabinet on June 14.  The decision was taken as per the 10th Schedule of the Constitution and as per anti-defection laws, Speaker Ramesh Kumar clarified. 

Indpendent MLA R Shankar disqualified

Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar announces disqualification of independent MLA R Shankar from the Vidhana Soudha "with effect from now till the expiry of the 15th legislative assembly of Karnataka." The Ranebennur MLA, who quit as Municipal Administration Minister, had left for Mumbai soon after submitting his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala on July 8.

Speaker warns of 'administrative shutdown' in Karnataka

Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar has warned of a 'shut down' in the administration of the State, if the finance Bill is not passed before July 31. "If it is not passed by then, even salaries of government employees cannot be paid," he says.

Law is same for everyone, no more chances for rebel MLAs: Karnataka Speaker

Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, who is yet to decide on the resignation and disqualification of the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, said that he would use his discretion and uphold the faith the Supreme Court has placed in him. He said there was no further opportunity for the rebel MLAs to appear before him and it was a closed chapter now, adding, "law is same for everyone whether it is a labourer or President of India." "Yes..the court has left to my discretion (to decide on resignation), I have discretion, I will work accordingly and will uphold the faith that the Supreme Court has expressed in me," Kumar said.

Congress will not try to pacify rebels: Sathish Jarkiholi

Congress MLA Sathish Jarkiholi clarified on Thursday that the Congress will not give the rebel MLAs a second chance. He added, "Congress will not try to pacify the rebels while the BJP will face a lot of trouble forming the government." It can be recalled that his brother Ramesh Jarkiholi was one among the first two MLAs to tender resignation from being an MLA on July 1, which later led to the political crisis in Karnataka.

'Time will answer everything': Siddaramaiah

Recalling his days as Karnataka chief minister, Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah said there were many baseless allegations against him - "a venom he digested to serve people with good intent." "Time will answer everything! Satyameva Jayathe!!" he tweeted on Thursday.

Guv may recommend President's rule is Speaker delays decision on rebel MLAs: BJP spokesperson

"If the Speaker takes longer time to accept or reject the resignations of the rebels, the Governor (Vajubhai Vala) may recommend President's rule in the state" BJP Karnataka state spokesman G. Madhusudan said on Thursday.

High Command will decide on Cong-JD(S) alliance: D K Shivakumar

"The coalition was stitched up by Rahul Gandhi, our (Congress) high command. We work only according to the instructions of the high command. Mr Gandhi, Deve Gowda (JDS supremo) and our top leaders will sit together and make a decision on the future of our alliance in Karnataka and we will implement the same. As far as I am confirmed, I stand by my party orders," senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar said on Thursday in Bengaluru.

'Rebel MLAs might fly back to Mumbai or Bengaluru'

The rebel Karnataka MLAs, who had been camping in Mumbai before they flew to New Delhi earlier this week for appearance in the Supreme Court, will either return to Mumbai for a brief stay or fly directly to Bengaluru, sources told PTI. "Their role in Mumbai is technically over. They may either fly back directly to Bengaluru (from the national capital) or come down to Mumbai for a brief stay," their coordinator told the news agency. "The picture will be clear by today evening about their Mumbai visit," he added. According to sources, 15 rebel MLAs from the Congress and JD (S) were camping at Hotel Renaissance in Mumbai.

No place for them (rebel MLAs) in Congress ever: Dinesh Gundu Rao

Rebel MLAs' resignations led to political crisis in Karnataka: Kumaraswamy


Caretaker chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that it is doubtful that the BJP government will stay stable, even if they take over after by-elections. Blaming the rebel MLAs for creating the political crisis-situation in Karnataka, he said, "Their (rebel MLAs') resignations pushed the state towards by-elections."

Rebel MLAs trying to blame on me: Siddarmaiah

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Siddaramaiah not our leader anymore: Rebel MLA Shivaram Hebbar

Shivaram Hebbar, one among the rebel MLAs camping in Mumbai since tendering their resignations, has returned to Bangalore this morning. Speaking to reporters here, he claimed that there is "unity among all the MLAs" who were staying together outside Bengaluru. Reacting to Siddaramaiah's statement that the rebel MLAs will never be inducted into party, Hebbar replied, "He (Siddarmaiah) was our leader but not anymore."

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Karnataka Vidhana Soudha(Express Photo by Darshan Devaiah BP)

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Earlier in the day, Supreme Court had adjourned till Wednesday the hearing on a plea filed by two Independent Karnataka MLAs, seeking holding of the floor test “forthwith” in the state Assembly.