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Written by Express Web Desk | Bengaluru |
Updated: July 10, 2019 8:31:25 am
hd kumaraswamy, hd kumaraswamy government, karnataka government, congress jds coalition, karnataka lok sabha election results 2019, karnataka assembly elections, lok sabha elections 2019, election news After all ministers in the Congress-JD(S) Karnataka cabinet tendered their resignations on Monday, a cabinet reshuffle is expected to happen soon, according to the Karnataka CMO. (File)

Bangalore News July 8 highlights: The rebel Congress MLAs, who have been camping in Mumbai’s Sofitel Hotel, on Sunday refused to withdraw their resignations and said they won’t attend the Congress Legislature Party meeting on Tuesday. Addressing the media outside the hotel, Congress legislator S T Somashekar said, “We all 13 legislators have resigned and ten are here. We all are together. There is no question of taking back the resignations. We will not attend the CLP meeting on Tuesday.”

Earlier on Sunday, Congress had issued a circular to all party MLAs in Karnataka calling CLP meeting on Tuesday. The circular also mentioned that strict action will be taken against MLAs on failing to attend the meeting.

After reaching Bengaluru airport, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy headed to Taj West End hotel where he held a meeting with top JD(S) and Congress leaders.


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19:15 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Political crisis: Yeddyurappa stands chance to be next CM, citizens say

"Our legislators, for whom we voted hoping good governance, are into resort politics having fun spending our funds. I'd prefer BJP taking over as centre-state coordination will work; Yeddyurappa has a chance to become the next CM," Mahesh, a vendor in Bangalore said.

19:06 (IST)08 Jul 2019
We have the numbers now, says BJP

Soon after the conclusion of the BJP legislature party meeting in Bengaluru senior BJP leader Aravind Limbavali said that the party had the requisite numbers to form the government. "We have 107 now with two independents joining us," he said adding that the BJP had nothing to do with the resignation of the MLAs and it was time for Kumaraswamy to resign as he lost the confidence of the house.

18:33 (IST)08 Jul 2019
WATCH| Karnataka political crisis: Citizens react to developments

"I am not bothered about politics, we work hard and hence we survive. I get the pension from the government we have voted for but I'm not bothered about their internal politics," says Mangalamma, a resident of Shantinagar.

18:15 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Independent MLA and Karnataka minister R Shankar resigns

Karnataka Minister R. Shankar resigned from the Council of Ministers Monday evening. The independent MLA submitted his resignation to CM HD Kumaraswamy.  Shankar, a first-time MLA, was included when Kumaraswamy formed his Cabinet in June 2018 and he served as the Forest Minister. Later, he was dropped during the expansion in December 2018. He defeated former Legislative Assembly Speaker K.B. Koliwad of the Congress in 2018 elections. Recently, he was again reinducted into the ministry.

17:17 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Congress-JD(S) workers stage protest on the streets of Bengaluru

Congress-JD(S) workers stage protest on the streets of the city alleging horse trading by BJP in the state.

16:50 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Karnataka BJP considering legal options if Speaker delays decision

Karnataka BJP is considering various legal options available to it, if there is a delay from the part of the assembly speaker to accept the resignations of the MLAs. The Karnataka BJP legislative party is meeting this evening and party MLAs from various parts of the state have begun arriving at the party headquarters.  Meanwhile, Kampli MLA JN Ganesh has clarified that he is with the Congress party and  

15:46 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Independent MLA Nagesh reaches Mumbai hotel

Independent MLA and former Karnataka minister H Nagesh who tendered his resignation this morning at the Raj Bhavan in Bangalore has joined the other rebel MLAs in Sofitel Hotel, Mumbai. He was flown in a special chartered flight from HAL Airport in Bengaluru a couple of hours back. Incidentally, BS Yeddyurappa's close aid Santhosh accompanied him in the flight from Bengaluru.

15:19 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Cabinet reshuffle soon: CM Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy tweeted from his official handle saying,  "All ministers from JDS have submitted their resignations just like the 21 ministers from Congress. Cabinet reshuffle will happen soon."

15:07 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Karnataka crisis: Independent MLA H Nagesh resigns from Cong-JDS govt, extends support to BJP

In another major setback to the Karnataka Congress-JDS coalition government, independent MLA H Nagesh withdrew his support Monday resigning as Minister of Small Industries. The move comes amid growing threat to the coalition government which has been rocked by a spate of 13 other resignations.

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14:49 (IST)08 Jul 2019
BJP is a disgrace to our country: Siddaramaiah

Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah took it to Twitter to express his displeasure on the developments of events leading to the mass resignation of MLAs from the JD(S)-Congress Karnataka coalition government. In a series of tweets, the former Chief Minister said, "The BJP is a disgrace to our country & they have no respect for Parliamentary democracy. RSS did not respect freedom movement & BJP is not respecting our constitution. They are pseudo nationalists with ulterior motive of destabilizing India's unity."

13:14 (IST)08 Jul 2019
BJP using IT and ED to intimidate MLAs in Mumbai: Siddaramaiah

"All ministers have resigned to pave way for accommodating the rebel MLAs. We are trying to reach out to MLAs in Mumbai. BJP is using IT and ED to intimidate them. They have not got the mandate in 2018 and they are trying to dislodge this government for the past one year," Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah alleged in Bangalore.

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12:43 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Will all ministers resign to pave way for new ministry?

There are enough indications that one of the options being considered that all the Congress ministers would resign thereby paving way for the formation of a new ministry, which will give an opportunity for the rebel MLAs to be accommodated in the new ministry. This was indicated earlier by Dy CM Parameshwara but is not yet known whether the ministers have given their resignations to the CM.

12:38 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Nagesh boards a special flight for Mumbai

Karnataka Independent MLA Nagesh (in white shirt) who has resigned as a minister, boards a special flight for Mumbai

12:14 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Shobha Karandlaje welcomes Independent MLA Nagesh

Karnataka BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje told reporters, " We welcome Independent MLA Nagesh (who resigned as minister). We will accept anybody into our party who is from non-political dispensation. We're not in touch with any rebels of the Congress and JD(S), as long as they are with their parties."

12:02 (IST)08 Jul 2019
I will neither visit Mumbai nor Delhi: Ramalinga Reddy

Staying firm on his decision to resign, senior Congress leader and former home minister Ramalinga Reddy told reporters that he would stay back in Bengaluru itself. "I will neither visit Mumbai nor Delhi," he said Monday morning. 

11:54 (IST)08 Jul 2019
CM should resign immediately: BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje

BJP MP and leader Shobha Karandlaje alleges CM Kumaraswamy to have lost the majority.

11:37 (IST)08 Jul 2019
CM arrives at Dy CM's residence to join breakfast meeting

CM HD Kumaraswamy reaches Deputy CM Parameshwara's residence in Sadashivanagar to join the ongoing breakfast meeting with senior Congress leaders and legislators.

11:21 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Independent MLA and Karnataka minister H Nagesh resigns, withdraws support to coalition

Independent MLA from Mulbagal H Nagesh has tendered his resignation Monday morning. The MLA who was recently inducted to the Congress-JD(S) coalition cabinet also met Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation. Meanwhile, Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar is reportedly trying to pacify the MLA over the phone now to withdraw the resignation.

11:13 (IST)08 Jul 2019
BJP trying to grab power through the backdoor: Dy CM Parameshwara

Further blaming the BJP for the situation Karnataka deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara wrote on Twitter, "Traces of BJP's role in destabilizing the govt are all over the place. It is disgraceful that the party is attempting to topple a democratically elected govt & grab power through the backdoor, when the state is reeling under one of the worst droughts." The breakfast meeting called at his residence is still underway.

10:55 (IST)08 Jul 2019
Bagepalli MLA to resign for water supply?

In yet another setback to the Congress-JD(S) coalition, Bagepalli MLA Subba Reddy has reportedly threatened to resign. He has alleged that the government has been negligent in supplying water supply to his constituency. He adds that he will resign if the problem is not solved immediately.

The ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka slipped to the brink of collapse Saturday after 10 Congress and three JD(S) MLAs submitted their resignations to the Speaker and later met Governor Vajubhai Vala. The move comes days after another Congress MLA, Anand Singh, resigned on July 1.

Read: In Karnataka, Congress-JD(S) coalition on brink as 13 MLAs resign

The Congress JDS coalition in Karnataka slipped to the brink of a collapse on Saturday with 13 Congress and JDS MLAs expressing intent to resign and meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala. The resignations hang in the balance since it was not presented directly to the Speaker of the state assembly as mandated under the anti-defection law. The office of the Speaker has asked the MLAs to meet him on Tuesday for formal submission of the resignations.

Read: Explained: What’s behind the Karnataka MLAs’ move to resign

Among the 13 legislators of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition who have tendered their resignation, five MLAs are from Bengaluru even as the political drama shifted to Mumbai on Sunday. Ten dissident MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) combine are staying at Mumbai’s Sofitel Hotel.

Read: Five Bengaluru MLAs hint at lack of development in city as reason for quitting

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