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Karnataka MLAs resign HIGHLIGHTS: Resort politics returns as 10 dissident MLAs reach Mumbai, Congress blames BJP

The BJP, which has come under attack from the combine for allegedly trying to destabilise the government by luring MLAs, clarified that it had nothing to do with the resignation of the legislators.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2019 2:29:00 pm
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Karnataka MLAs Resign, Karnataka Political Crises HIGHLIGHTS: In fresh trouble for the wobbly Karnataka coalition government, eight Congress and three JD(S) MLAs submitted their resignation at the Assembly Speaker’s office on Saturday. While the resignations are yet to be formally accepted by the Speaker, the disgruntled MLAs are being shifted to Mumbai.

The Congress-JDS coalition has sprung into action with a series of meetings being held in Bengaluru and New Delhi as leaders try to pacify the MLAs. The Congress alleged the saffron party’s hands behind the resignations as party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, condemned the “orchestrated move” by the BJP and reminded PM Narendra Modi of his oath. He further said that the democracy is being denigrated and the constitution is being trampled in broad daylight in the state.

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Meanwhile, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa denied the allegations levelled against his party and said they are not involved in the issue. “I and my party have nothing to do with developments in other rival parties. I heard through media that Congress-JDS legislators have resigned from their Karnataka Assembly seats. I’m categorically reiterating that BJP has absolutely no say on the issue. We are closely watching political developments in Karnataka,” Yeddyurappa told the media.

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Karnataka crisis deepens, Congress, JD(S) MLAs submit resignation to Speaker.

21:14 (IST)06 Jul 2019
In Pics | The political crisis in Karnataka has deepen as Congress-JDS try to stay afloat

 Dissident MLAs from JD(S) and Congress meet with Karnataka Governor Vajuibhai Vala at Rajbhavan, in Bengaluru. (PTI Photo)
Dissident MLA from JD(S) H Vishwanath addresses after meeting with Karnataka Governor Vajuibhai Vala, in Bengaluru. (PTI)
Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar at the Vidhanasoudha to meet the dissident MLA's of Congress and JD(S) in Bengaluru. (PTI)

20:46 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Rebel MLAs land in Mumbai after submitting resignation

Karnataka PWD Minister HD Revanna and brother of Kumaraswamy arrives at Siddaramaiah’s residence to discuss the political crisis in the state. Meanwhile, Rebel Karnataka MLAs landed in Mumbai.

19:51 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Modi stands for Mischievously Orchestrated Defections in India: Surjewala

The new word for 'aaya ram gaya ram' is MODI -- mischievously orchestrated defections in India. The Karnataka government which is a joint government having complete majority under our democratic setup is now being sought to be pulled down by defections and resignations. MLAs are being bought in broad daylight. We deprecate the efforts of the BJP to buy over legislators, to pressurise legislators, to bring down an elected government in Karnataka: Surjewala

19:46 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Video | Political crisis deepens in Karnataka

19:42 (IST)06 Jul 2019
10 Congress MLAs flown to Mumbai, Ramalinga Reddy, ST Somashekhar and Munirathna stay behind

10 Congress-JD(S) MLAs have been flown to Mumbai after they filed resignations from their membership from the Karnataka legislative assembly. The legislators will stay at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel in Powai. Congress MLAs Ramalinga Reddy, ST Somashekhar and Munirathna have chosen to stay back in Bengaluru.

19:39 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Have faith in MLAs, they will stay: Kharge

Many of the MLAs who want to leave Congress have been associated with the party for a long time. I've faith that they'll stay with us & support the party. I'm going to Bengaluru. I'll make further comments after looking at the ground situation there: Mallikarjun Kharge

19:26 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Explained: What’s behind the Karnataka MLAs’ move to resign

If accepted by the Speaker, the resignation of the 13 MLAs along with the resignation of Anand Singh on July 1 will bring the coalition number down to 105 and will be the same as the BJP strength of 105. This could lead to demands for a floor test by the BJP in the assembly ahead of the session that begins on July 12.

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

19:19 (IST)06 Jul 2019
A Ramalinga Reddy's decision to resign as an MLA shocking: Shivakumar

Karnataka minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar said seven-time MLA Ramalinga Reddy's decision to resign as an MLA was "shocking" for him. "He (Reddy) is also a very senior leader and a seven-term MLA like me. He is a big asset of this (Congress) party," Shivakumar said adding that he is still trying to convince Reddy to withdraw his resignation.

19:13 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Congress blames BJP for resignation of MLAs in Karnataka assembly

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala condemned the "orchestrated move" by the BJP for the spate of resignations of MLAs in Karnataka and reminded PM Narendra Modi of his oath. He further said that the democracy is being denigrated and the constitution is being trampled in broad daylight.

19:11 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Karnataka Cong in-charge Venugopal holds meeting

Karnataka Congress In-charge, K.C Venugopal holds a meeting with CLP Leader Siddaramaiah, KPCC Working President Eashwar Khandre, DK Shivakumar, DK Suresh and other leaders after some of the Congress-JD(S) MLAs submitted their resignations, today.

18:17 (IST)06 Jul 2019
MLAs likely to be taken to undisclosed locations: Reports

There are speculations that the MLAs who have tendered resignation today will be flown outside Bengaluru. The eleven MLAs were taken in a minibus after their meeting with Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan sometime back. A chartered flight from HAL airport is reportedly ready to take the legislators off to an undisclosed location. The MLAs have reached HAL Airport, reports say.

18:11 (IST)06 Jul 2019
BJP has nothing to do with resignation of coalition MLAs: BSY

"I and my party have nothing to do with developments in other rival parties. I heard through media that Congress-JDS legislators have resigned from their Karnataka Assembly seats. I'm categorically reiterating that BJP has absolutely no say on the issue. We are closely watching political developments in Karnataka. One thing I can say is that people are not ready for elections. Elections are a burden on the state exchequer. If the situation arises we'll definitely explore constitutional provisions to form next govt."

18:06 (IST)06 Jul 2019
14 MLAs likely to have submitted resignation

14 Congress-JD(S) MLAs have submitted resignation to Speaker so far, says JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath after meeting Karnataka Governor. (PTI)

18:03 (IST)06 Jul 2019
I am not going to react: Deve Gowda

I'm not going to react anything, I have not spoken anything to anybody. I'm only holding my party workers meeting just to prepare ourselves for the corporation polls: Deve Gowda

17:54 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Tried my level best to stop them from resigning: Shivakumar

I have tried my level best to stop them from resigning. But they are telling some small stories. These are not reason enough for resigning. However, there is still some process. We will see: Shivakumar

17:52 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Senior Congress leaders to meet in New Delhi today

Senior Congress leaders set to meet in New Delhi as crisis deepens over the coalition in Karnataka. The Congress is already in midst of chaos following the resignation of Rahul Gandhi from the post of party president. 

17:37 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Siddarmaiah doesn't want Deve Gowda family in power: Pralhad Joshi

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi in Hubli says "Siddarmaiah does not want the Deve Gowda family to be in power and an alternative leadership in G Parameshwara from the Congress. This is why he is trying to destabilise the (Karnataka JD(S)-Congress) government." 

17:17 (IST)06 Jul 2019
BJP gives room to infighting within Congress-JDS coalition

The state BJP, led by former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, has been keen to dislodge the coalition and form its own government. But the party’s central leadership is more intent on playing the waiting game and allow infighting and contradictions in the coalition to bring down the government.  Yeddyurappa, who initially solicited support from rebel MLAs by expressing intent to face fresh elections, has now changed his stance and repeatedly said that a new government will be formed by the BJP without dissolving the current Assembly.

17:15 (IST)06 Jul 2019
Here are the MLAs who were at Speaker's office

The MLAs who were seen at the Speaker's office include Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), Pratap Gowda Patil (Maski), Shivram Hebbar (Yellapur), Mahesh Kumathalli (Athani), B C Patil (Hirekerur), Byratibasavaraj (K R Puram), S T Soma Shekar (Yashwanthpur) and Ramalinga reddy (BTM Layout) of the Congress. The JD(S) MLAs are A H Vishwanath (Hunsur), who recently resigned as the party's state chief, Narayana Gowda (K R Pet), and Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout).

17:03 (IST)06 Jul 2019
No BJP hand in the development: Vishwanath

There is no BJP hand in the developments. We are senior leaders and we have come to this decision after serious thought. JDS-Congress government has failed to discharge duties properly and they have failed to take the confidence of all the MLAs. So, we decided to resign: H Vishwanath

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Earlier this week, two Congress MLAs had resigned from the state assembly. Congress MLA from Vijayanagar, Anand Singh and MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi from Gokak in Belagavi district submitted their resignation letters to the assembly speaker on Monday. “Yes. I have resigned. Today morning, I submitted the resignation,” Singh was quoted as saying by PTI. The MLA refused to disclose the reason behind his step. He said that he will meet Governor Vajubhai Vala and inform him about his decision. Hours later, Jarkiholi stepped down from the post. He was earlier accused of hobnobbing with the BJP.

Recently, Singh had held a press conference in Ballari against the sale of 3,667 acres of land to JSW Steel in which he had hinted that he would step down. It is speculated that he would join the BJP. Taking to Twitter, JD(S) leader and Chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, who is in the US, said he was aware of the political developments in the state.

Despite two MLAs from the Congress claiming to have submitted resignations, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar later clarified that he had received only one resignation letter through the correct process.

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