Bangalore news July 11 highlights: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will chair a cabinet meeting Thursday as the coalition government faces a deep political crisis. The meeting is crucial as important decisions on the future of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state is expected to be taken during the meeting.
At the same time, Karnataka minister and senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar was detained and forcibly sent back to Bengaluru by the Mumbai police, hours after he waited outside a hotel to meet the rebel MLAs.
Meanwhile, the political crisis also reached New Delhi after 10 Congress and JD(S) MLAs, who quit last week, moved the Supreme Court alleging that Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar is deliberately not accepting their resignations. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said it will hear the petition Thursday.
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Need to examine resignation, ascertain if genuine: Speaker
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar Thursday said he needs to examine the resignations submitted by rebel MLAs in the ruling Congress JD(S) coalition government and ascertain if they are genuine. "The Supreme Court has asked me to take a decision. I have videographed everything and I will send it to the Supreme Court," he said.
"The Supreme Court has asked me to take a decision. I have videographed everything and I will send it to the Supreme Court," Speaker Ramesh Kumar adds. He will now examine the resignations submitted by rebel MLAs to 'ascertain if they are genuine.' LIVE: https://t.co/5XG6t22lgx pic.twitter.com/H9pwGHHnUK— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) July 11, 2019
Obligated to aspiration of people in state: Speaker Ramesh Kumar
"I am not acting in haste because I have to convince myself. I am 70. I must die peacefully...I said, I'm repeating, I emphasise that I'm not under anybody's obligation. My obligation is to the aspiration of the people of the state," Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar adds.
Not my job to save anyone: Speaker after meeting with rebel MLAs
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said he was "hurt when some news reports claimed that (he is) delaying the process" of resignation of rebel MLAs. "My job is not to save anyone and I have not delayed any process till date. I have not slowed down any resignation as alleged," he said in his address to media.
"My job is not to save anyone and I have not delayed any process till date. I have not slowed down any resignation as alleged," Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar clarifies after meeting 11 rebel MLAs in his chamber. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/5Uz3vSb7Wn— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) July 11, 2019
MLAs leave Speaker's chamber
All 11 legislators have left the Speaker's chamber in Vidhana Soudha after a 55-minute long meeting. Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is expected to address the media shortly.
Full list of MLAs meeting Speaker
MLA - Constituency - District
Ramesh Jarkiholi - Gokak - Belgaum
Byrathi Basavraj - KR Puram - Bengaluru
BC Patil - Hirekerur - Haveri
Shivaram Hebbar - Yellapur - Uttara Kannada
ST Somashekar - Yeshwanthapura - Bengaluru
Pratap Gouda Patil - Maski - Raichur
Mahesh Kumathalli - Athani - Belgaum
N Munirathna -Rajarajeshwarinagar -Bengaluru
AH Vishwanath - Hunsur - Mysuru
KC Narayan Gowda - Krishnarajpet - Mandya
K Gopalaiah - Mahalakshmi Layout - Bengaluru
MLAs meeting with Speaker passes 45 mins since start
As many as 11 legislators who flew down back to Bengaluru is now meeting Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar in his chamber in Vidhana Soudha. The meeting which began at 6.05pm is underway and has crossed 45 minutes now.
Speaker to look in to 'fresh' resignations
All MLAs who returned to Bengaluru from Mumbai rush with documents to file resignations enter the Speaker's chamber in Vidhana Soudha. Interestingly, MLA Byrathi Basavaraju was seen running from the entrance to the chamber of the state secretariat. Speaker Ramesh Kumar and his legal team will look into the 'fresh' resignations filed by the legislators today.
Be present in Assembly for monsoon session on Friday: Congress issues whip to MLAs
Congress issues whip to all its MLAs, including the rebels, to be present in the assembly on the first day of the monsoon session on Friday.
Legislators reach Vidhana Soudha
MLAs travelling from Mumbai has reached Vidhana Soudha to meet speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. They were flown from Mumbai to Bengaluru in a chartered flight.
JD(S) seeks disqualification of 3 MLAs under anti-defection law
"Yesterday I filed a petition (at the speaker's office) against the three MLAs from Janata Dal (Secular), seeking action under the anti-defection law," JD(S) spokesperson Ramesh Babu said. He added that relevant documents were submitted to the Speaker on Thursday.
MLAs land in HAL airport
MLAs from Mumbai land in HAL airport, Bangalore and rush to meet the Speaker. Under 20 minutes to go for 6 pm, the time directed by the Supreme Court to the MLAs to meet Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar
Cops stop BJP MLAs from entering Speaker's chamber
Police officers have stopped a group of BJP MLAs from entering the Speaker's chamber in the first floor of Vidhana Soudha. The legislators that were stopped include former ministers Basavaraj Bommai, V Somanna, Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri and others. "Nobody apart from the 10 MLAs is allowed to meet Speaker at this time. This is why they haven’t been permitted past the gate," police officials in Vidhana Soudha clarify.
BJP to hold legislative party meeting at Vidhana Soudha
The BJP legislative party meeting will take place in Vidhana Soudha and not at the party office at Malleshwaram. This is reportedly done to help the opposition keep a hawk-eye on the developments taking place at the speaker's office in the Karnataka legislative assembly and secretariat premises as rebel MLAs return to the city
WATCH| Roshan Baig arrives to meet Speaker Ramesh Kumar
Shivajinagar MLA and senior Congress leader R Roshan Baig arrives at Vidhana Soudha to meet speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. He had tendered his resignation on July 9. After resigning on Tuesday, he had clarified that he has not decided to resign from the Congress party yet even though they were speculations that he met BJP leaders.
Shivajinagar MLA @rroshanbaig enters Speaker's chamber in Vidhana Soudha to resubmit and explain his resignation from the membership of the legislative assembly. (Video by @DarshanDevaiahB) @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/iSg0fUlxLJ— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) July 11, 2019
MLA N Munirathna returns to Bengaluru
Rajarajeshwarinagar MLA N Munirathna returned to Bengaluru to meet speaker KR Ramesh Kumar as per the Supreme Court directive. He was camping in Hyderabad after tendering resignation. Munirathna is now being escorted to Vidhana Soudha by cops under the leadership of Kala Krishnaswamy, Deputy Commissioner of Police - North East Division, Bengaluru City
Top cops inspect security arrangements at Vidhana Soudha
Karnataka DGP&IGP Neelamani Raju and Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Alok Kumar hold inspections in Vidhana Soudha and premises in the light of the MLAs arriving at the Speaker's office to resubmit their resignations.
Security tightened and orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code in place within 2 km area around the Vidhana Soudha. Crucial cabinet meeting underway. Bengaluru LIVE: https://t.co/RnHwN7LCpX pic.twitter.com/W0P3svayn4— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) July 11, 2019
Karnataka Congress alleges BJP of 'trying to suppress democracy'
Taking on the BJP, blaming them for the political crisis in the state, Karnataka Congress stated, "They have brought a very bad name to Karnataka and have shamed the state with their demeanor."
' @BJP4India trying to suppress Democracy— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) July 11, 2019
The Rowdyism & hooligan behavior of their legislators are a blot
to the society
They have brought a very bad name to Karnataka and have shamed the state with their demeanor.
This act is deplorable and anti-democratic#BJPKidnapsMLAs
Karnataka Speaker seeks more time to deal with rebel MLAs resignation issue
Hours after the Supreme Court asked the Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to decide on rebel MLAs resignation by today, the speaker has moved the top court seeking more time to deal with the resignation.
Karnataka Assembly Speaker approaches SC against order asking him to decide on resignations of MlAs today itself. Sr Counsel A M Singhvi mentions & seeks urgent hearing. CJI headed bench says it has already passed order & it will hear him tomorrow @IndianExpress— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) July 11, 2019
WATCH| Siddaramaiah leaves Speaker's chamber after meeting, BJP MLAs visit Kumar next
Congress Legislative Party leader and former CM Siddaramaiah leaves Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar's chamber in Vidhana Soudha.
Congress Legislative Party leader and former CM Siddaramaiah leaves Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar's chamber in Vidhana Soudha. @DarshanDevaiahB @IndianExpress Bengaluru LIVE: https://t.co/RnHwN7LCpX pic.twitter.com/EnmONjRYrH— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) July 11, 2019
Discussions on disqualifying MLAs is on now: VS Ugrappa
Congress leader VS Ugrappa hinted to reporters waiting outside the speaker's chamber in Vidhana Soudha that some legislators might be disqualified. "Discussions on disqualifying MLAs is on now," he said. Interestingly, Ugrappa, who is also the Congress candidate who lost the recent Lok Sabha elections from Bellary, came dressed in a lawyer's coat.
Congress leader VS Ugrappa outside Speaker's chamber in Vidhana Soudha: "Discussions on disqualifying MLAs is on now," he said. Interestingly, Ugrappa came dressed in a lawyer's coat, @DarshanDevaiahB reports | @IndianExpress— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) July 11, 2019
Bengaluru LIVE: https://t.co/RnHwN7LCpX pic.twitter.com/SGBovYrr2N
MLAs to leave Mumbai soon
Legislators camping in Hotel Renaissance will leave for Mumbai airport shortly. Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court had asked them to meet Karnataka speaker in Bangalore at 6 pm today. A chartered flight is reportedly being arranged for them to fly to HAL Airport in Bengaluru
Karnataka crisis in SC: Rebel MLAs told to meet Speaker at 6 pm today, to be given security
The Supreme Court Thursday asked the ten Congress and JD(S) rebel MLAs from Karnataka to appear before the Assembly Speaker at 6 pm today. The court added that the Speaker should take a decision on their resignation applications today itself.
SC directs Karnataka DGP to provide protection to rebel MLAs
Confident that resigned MLAs will change minds by evening: DK Shivakumar
Still confident that all MLAs who had (resigned) will change their minds. We will accommodate all of them with us (government) in one or the other way. We hope good this will happen by this evening, Congress leader @DKShivakumar adds. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/CpQB3eholZ— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) July 11, 2019
Will fight tooth and nail to uphold the constitution and save democracy: Dy CM Parameshwara
Karnataka deputy CM G Parameshwara Thursday continued being vocal against the BJP for "razenly using the entire state machinery to thwart our democratic resistance," saying that the Congress "will fight tooth and nail to uphold the constitution and save democracy."
Our collective conscience to stand for what is just remains the same.— Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) July 11, 2019
BJP has been brazenly using the entire state machinery to thwart our democratic resistance to its #HorseTrading.
We will fight tooth and nail to uphold the constitution and save democracy. https://t.co/dgT9Ze2f0A
Change in leadership not in discussion: Siddaramaiah
Soon after senior Congress leaders met Chief Minister Kumaraswamy at Kumara Krupa guest house, CLP leader Siddaramaiah said, "Change in leadership (of the government) was not a matter of discussion in the meeting."
MLAs should appear before Speaker at 6 pm today: SC
The Supreme Court has asked Karnataka MLAs who have tendered resignations to appear before the Assembly Speaker at 6 pm on Thursday (today).
#KarnatakaPolicalCrisis SC asks MLAs to appear before Assembly Speaker at 6 pm today. Says they can communicate decision to resign if they so wish in which case Speaker should take decision today. Orders police protection for MLAs after they land in Bengaluru @IndianExpress— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) July 11, 2019
Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Mumbai to stay there for next few days!
BC Patil, rebel Congress MLA, says, "MLA ST Somashekhar has gone to Bengaluru as he has to attend some election in cooperative sector. All the nine other MLAs (six Congress and three JD (S) are in Mumbai and will continue to stay for next few days." He also confirmed this saying resignations have been sent by e-mail and speed post yesterday and a person has gone to deliver it physically to speaker.
Why should Kumaraswamy resign, asks DK Shivakumar
Speaking to reporters in Bangalore, Congress leader DK Shivakumar said, "Why should CM (Kumaraswamy) resign?" Citing similar situations which took place in Karnataka in 2008-2009, he said, "Everyone knows how many ministers resigned and what the numbers (on floor for legislative parties in the Assembly) were then. The same thing applies to everyone no matter who is the CM, Kumaraswamy or Yeddyurappa," he said.
Kumaraswamy meets senior Cong leaders
CM Kumaraswamy is now in a meeting with senior Congress leaders. DK Shivakumar, Eshwar Khandre, Siddaramaiah, KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and Dinesh Gundu Rao at Kumara Krupa guesthouse in Bengaluru.
Close with all 78 Congress MLAs: Siddarmaiah
Clarifying media reports of CLP leader Siddaraiamah working closely with 3-4 legislators, the former CM tweeted, "The media is selecting few MLAs as my close aides, but all 78 Congress legislators, including the ones who tendered resignations, are close to me," he tweeted.
ರಾಜೀನಾಮೆ ನೀಡಿರುವ ಶಾಸಕರು ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ನ ಎಲ್ಲ 78 ಶಾಸಕರೂ ನನಗೆ ಆಪ್ತರಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 11, 2019
ಅವರು ನಮ್ಮ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಬಹಳಷ್ಟು ನಾಯಕರಿಗೂ ಆಪ್ತರಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳು ಸೆಲೆಕ್ಟಿವ್ ಆಗಿ ಈ ಶಾಸಕರು ನನ್ನ ಆಪ್ತರು ಎಂದು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಸರಿ ಅಲ್ಲ. ಇದರಿಂದ ನನ್ನ ಮನಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ನೋವಾಗಿದೆ.@INCKarnataka
Supreme Court to her rebel MLAs petition today
In the Supreme Court, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the petition of the 10 rebel MLAs before a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. Rohatgi submitted that the Speaker was “deliberately not acting upon the resignations” and urged the court to hear the matter at the earliest. “Time is of the essence,” he said. The CJI said it was not possible to take up the matter on Wednesday and said it would be considered on Thursday. Later, the court listed the matter for hearing Thursday before a bench comprising the CJI and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose.
Prohibitory orders around Vidhana Soudha
Bengaluru City Police Commissioner Alok Kumar has issued prohibitory orders around Karnataka legislative assembly and secretariat premises. Section 144 imposed in the surroundings of Vidhana Soudha prohibits more than four people gathering together. The orders will be in place from Thursday to Sunday between 6 am and 12 midnight. "This has been done to prevent any untoward incident in the light of intelligence inputs on the likelihood of breach of peace and disturbance," the Commissioner said in a statement.
Rebel Congress MLA returns to city
Rebel Congress MLA and BDA chairman ST Somashekar has returned to Bengaluru from Mumbai to attend to the state housing board elections.