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Karnataka crisis HIGHLIGHTS: CM Kumaraswamy holds meeting with top Congress, JD(S) leaders

Karnataka crisis LIVE updates: While BJP claimed that the resignations were the result of an ongoing "power struggle" between former chief minister Siddaramaiah and incumbent HD Kumaraswamy, the grand old party alleged BJP's hand behind the developments.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2019 7:34:26 am
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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.

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

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.

Meanwhile, the chartered plane that had flown 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) flew from Karnataka to Mumbai Saturday night belongs to a company associated with Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, company sources said on Sunday. “It is a charter operation and the aircraft is chartered regularly by various people,” a top official of the company told PTI requesting anonymity.

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After the resignation of 13 MLAs, the future of the Congress-JDS alliance government in Karnataka is on the brink. Follow LIVE updates on the political crisis in the state

21:42 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Congress leader barred from entering Sofitel Hotel, claims only BJP leaders are being allowed

Naseem Khan, a Congress MLA from Mumbai, was stopped from entering Sofitel hotel where the rebel Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying. Khan said, "BJP leaders are allowed to go inside. They're pressurising the MLAs, but I'm not allowed to go".

21:23 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Meeting of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy with senior Congress and JD(S) leaders begins

Meeting of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda, Karnataka Minister, Deputy CM G Parameshwara & other senior Congress leaders, begins at Taj West End hotel

20:58 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Ruling government at Centre has taken interest to topple this alliance government: Kharge

Kharge said the ruling government at Centre has taken interest to topple this alliance government.

20:52 (IST)07 Jul 2019
They (BJP) pressurising, not only Cong MLAs, but also regional party members in 14 states: Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge said the Karnataka government should run as per Constitution. It is a constitutionally elected govt in Karnataka. They (BJP) are destabilising it. In about 14 states, they are pressurising, not only Congress MLAs, but also the regional party members.

20:46 (IST)07 Jul 2019
No question of withdrawing resignations, says Congress MLA Somashekar

Eleven dissident MLAs address media outside Mumbai hotel, say there's no question of going back and withdrawing resignations. "We will not attend CLP meeting on Tuesday," Karnataka Congress MLA ST Somashekar.

20:24 (IST)07 Jul 2019
10 dissident MLAs to address the media at Mumbai's Sofitel Hotel soon

10 dissident MLAs will address the media at Mumbai's Sofitel Hotel soon, said a BJP legislator.

20:12 (IST)07 Jul 2019
BJP state unit has booked 30 rooms in Bengaluru hotel for two days

Karnataka BJP unit has booked 30 rooms for two days in Ramada Hotel on Doddaballapur Road in Bengaluru for their MLAs, ANI reported.

19:53 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Not going to BJP; coalition government is for the betterment of state: Karnataka JD(S) minister

GT Devegowda said,  "If my party decides, I am ready to resign. I am not going to BJP. Ours is a coalition government for the betterment of state." He also said he has spoken to H Vishwanath.  "He (Vishwanath) told (me) he'll come back. If both the parties decide to make Siddaramaiah as CM or any other from JDS party or from Congress party, I am okay with it."

"If the coordination committee decides that Siddaramaiah should be the CM, we have no objection. Congress is making efforts to save the govt. They have told the members that some seniors should resign from cabinet & make way for others," he added.

19:32 (IST)07 Jul 2019
HD Kumaraswamy lands in Karnataka

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has landed in Karnataka. He will head directly to JD(S) office in Seshadripuram, Bengaluru, from airport to chair a crucial meeting. Top party leaders will take part in the meeting.

19:31 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Siddaramaiah's appeal to party workers

Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah appealed to the party leaders and workers to not speak against the coalition government. He said, "I appeal to our leaders and workers not to speak against the coalition government, chief minister or Deve Gowda. We have to be aware that the opposition is ready to take advantage of any differences amongst us."

19:12 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Meeting of JD(S) MLAs with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to be held at Taj West End hotel

Meeting of JD(S) MLAs with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to be held at Taj West End hotel.

19:09 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Congress and JD(S) leaders lost faith in their leadership: Reddy

Reddy said the Congress and JD(S) leaders had lost faith in their leadership and were hence quitting. "The Congress is in such a pathetic shape now that it doesn't even have a president," he pointed out.
The Union Minister said Andhra Pradesh and Telangana too would witness political tremors in the near future. "You will see tremendous changes on the political scape in the two Telugu states in the next two years." (PTI)

19:07 (IST)07 Jul 2019
BJP has nothing to do with ongoing political crisis in Karnataka: MoS, Home, G Kishan Reddy

Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy Sunday said the BJP has nothing to do with the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka and noted that it was only because of lack of faith in their own leadership that Congress and JD (S) legislators were rebelling.
"Such allegations were made against the BJP even earlier but we have nothing to do with the resignation of MLAs in Karnataka. In fact, they have been trying to quit for a long time now. Both the Congress and JD(S) were not in a position to protect their own legislators," Kishan Reddy remarked. (PTI)

18:59 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Bengaluru Congress cadres demand MLAs to take back resignation

Bengaluru Congress cadres gathered today at Karnataka Congress' office and demanded the MLAs to be sensitive towards party cadres' sentiments & opinions and take back their resignation.

18:45 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Meeting of BJP leaders underway at Yeddyurappa's residence

Meeting of BJP leaders is underway at Yeddyurappa's residence. Senior BJP leaders and Yeddyurappa loyalists are in a meeting.

18:39 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Power struggle between Siddaramaiah & Kumaraswamy behind K'taka political crisis: BJP

It is the "power struggle" between Congress leader and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and current incumbent HD Kumaraswamy which has resulted in a political crisis in the state, senior BJP leader and Union minister Pralhad Joshi said Sunday.
Dubbing the Congress's claim of a BJP hand behind the resignation of ruling alliance MLAs to destabilise the government in the state as "bogus", Joshi said, "All this is happening because the Congress has become leaderless and rather than blaming others, they should settle their house first."
There is complete "anarchy" in Congress and its Karnataka unit is "functioning like an independent entity as central leadership has no say in the state unit," Joshi, a former chief of the state BJP unit, told PTI.
The crisis, which had been brewing ever since the BJP swept the parliamentary polls in the state, deepened as 13 Congress and JD(S) MLAs submitting their resignation to the speaker. (PTI)

18:31 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Plane that flew MLAs to Mumbai belongs to firm associated with BJP Rajya Sabha member

The chartered plane in which 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) flew from Karnataka to Mumbai belongs to a company associated with Rajeev Chandrasekhar, a Rajya Sabha member of the BJP, company sources said. The plane belongs to Jupiter Capital Private Limited. Chandrasekhar is the founder and chairman of the company.
Admitting that the aircraft that ferried the MLAs belonged to Jupiter Capital, the company officials clarified that they were running a business and whoever wanted to use the plane could do so.
"It is a charter operation and the aircraft is chartered regularly by various people," a top official of the company told PTI requesting anonymity. (PTI)

18:07 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Congress Legislature Party meeting on June 9; circular says action against MLAs who won't attend

A circular has been issued by Congress to all MLAs to attend Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting called by CLP leader Siddaramaiah on July 9. Karnataka Congress in charge KC Venugopal and  Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao will also be present in the meet. The circular also mentions that strict action will be taken against those Congress MLAs who don't attend the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting.

18:00 (IST)07 Jul 2019
BJP's Murlidhar Rao says Congress' allegations of horse-trading baseless

"This is nonsense. It's baseless allegation. By making allegations against another party that has nothing to do with internal affairs of Congress, they're not going to gain anything," says BJP's Murlidhar Rao.

17:57 (IST)07 Jul 2019
Karnataka JD(S) President H K Kumaraswamy arrives at airport to brief chief minister about developments in ongoing crisis

Karnataka JD(S) President H K Kumaraswamy arrives at the airport to brief CM H D Kumaraswamy about the political development of the ongoing crisis in Karnataka. Chief Minister will hold JD(S) LP meeting at J P Bhavan.

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In Mumbai, Congress workers gathered outside Sofitel Hotel, where the rebel MLAs are staying, to protest against the BJP's undemocratic move of poaching Congress-JDS MLAs of Karnataka, they said. They alleged that democracy is being slaughtered and said they won't tolerate horse trading.

Earlier in the day, two Maharashtra BJP leaders -- Prasad Lad and Mohit Bhartiya -- were spotted inside a Mumbai hotel where 10 of the 13 Karnataka MLAs who resigned on Saturday were staying. There is no word, however, on whether the two had met any of the eight MLAs. When asked about the political situation in Karnataka, Prasad Lad, who is Maharashtra BJP vice president and an MLC, told news agency ANI: "I know about it only through media. I am busy with the party membership drive."

This comes close on the heels of Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa maintaining that his party had nothing to do with the crisis even as the Congress accused it of trying to “bring down an elected government”. Congress, on the other hand, is trying to talk to the disgruntled leaders. While former chief minister Siddaramaiah said that he is in touch with few leaders and that everybody is loyal to the party, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the party will see what can be done to resolve the grievances.

The JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka plunged into a crisis on Saturday, with 14 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the speaker. After submitting the resignations, 10 MLAs flew by a chartered flight and arrived at a hotel in Mumbai late Saturday night.

Speaker Ramesh Kumar, who was not in office when the legislators arrived, said “whether the government will fall or survive” will be decided “in the Assembly”. Unable to meet the Speaker, who asked the MLAs to return on Tuesday, the rebel legislators met Governor Vala and conveyed their desire to quit.

The MLAs who have resigned are H Vishwanath, Y Gopalaiah and K C Narayana Gouda from the JDS; the Congress MLAs are B C Patil, Mahesh Kumatahalli, Ramesh Jharkiholi, Shivaram Hebbar, Prathapgouda Patil, Ramalinga Reddy, Byrathi Basavaraj, N Munirathna, S T Somashekhar and Anand Singh As many as seven of the 14 MLAs have been linked with a move to the BJP for over 10 months now and were part of a Congress rebel group.

If the Speaker accepts the 14 resignations, the coalition will lose majority in the 224-member Assembly as its strength will come down to 104 against the BJP’s 105. The coalition’s current strength, including those who have resigned, is 118 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-2), besides the Speaker.

In Kumaraswamy's absence, Congress leader and minister D K Shivakumar, considered the Congress troubleshooter for the coalition, tried to convince the disgruntled MLAs from quitting but failed.

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