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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

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    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.

    17:50 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Ashok Chavan accused BJP of attempting to topple Karnataka's democratically-elected government

    Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan accused the BJP of attempting to topple the democratically elected Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka and misusing official machinery in the saffron party-ruled states for "murdering" democracy. The Maharashtra BJP had claimed early on Sunday that it was not aware of the presence of 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) combine from Karnataka in Mumbai, even as a saffron party leader was spotted at a hotel where the legislators are put up.

    17:30 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Pressure, lot of money involved in MLAs' resignation: Congress' Eknath Gaikwad

    Eknath Gaikwad, former two-time Congress MP, also arrives outside Sofitel Hotel. There was pressure on the legislators to resign. Lot of money was involved in it. Had they given the resignations on their own, they wouldn't have come to Mumbai. They would have stayed in Karnataka only, says former MP Eknath Gaikwad.

    17:25 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Party will take decision on those rebel MLAs: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara

    Speaking to media, Karnataka DCM G Parameshwara said "We have been informed that few MLAs are camping in Mumbai. The party will take a decision on those rebel MLAs. "

    17:14 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Watch video: Mumbai Congress workers stage protest outside Sofitel Hotel

    Mumbai Congress workers stage protest outside the hotel where rebel Karnataka MLAs are staying.

    16:50 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    BJP leader denies party's role in Congress-JD(S) government crisis in Karnataka

    Senior BJP leader R Ashok denies BJP’s involvement in ‘Operation Kamala’, says they have no role to play in the present crisis in the Congress-JD(S) Coalition Government and will keep a distant watch.

    16:47 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy to chair crucial meeting with top party leaders

    Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to 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.

    16:43 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    BJP initimidating Congress-JD(S) MLAs, forcing them to resign: Mallikarjun Kharge

    Speaking to media, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge accused the BJP of intimidating the Congress and the JD(S) MLAs. “The BJP is behind the resignation of the MLAs in Karnataka. BJP is intimidating the Congress and JD(S) MLAs and forcing them to resign.”

    16:41 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Congress workers detained, taken to BKC police station

    Police have detained some Congress workers and took them to BKC police station after they staged protest outside Sofitel Hotel. The workers were protesting against "the undemocratic move of BJP poaching Congress-JDS MLAs of Karnataka". They alleged that democracy is being slaughtered and stressed that they won't tolerate horse trading.

    16:20 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Congress workers reach outside Sofitel hotel to protest

    Congress workers reach outside Sofitel hotel to protest.

    16:18 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Congress to stage protest outside Sofitel hotel; security beefed up

    Security has been beefed up outside the Sofitel Hotel in BKC after Mumbai Congress workers called for a protest at 5pm. The workers have decided to stage a morcha outside the resort to protest against the undemocratic move of BJP poaching Congress-JDS MLAs of Karnataka, they said.  They alleged that democracy is being slaughtered and stressed that they won't tolerate horse trading.

    16:02 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Congress PMs weakened country, PM Modi built it: Chouhan

    Chouhan lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for building the nation and alleged Congress Prime Ministers Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajeev Gandhi "weakened' the country.
    "It was due to Nehru that two-third of Kashmir is under Pakistan occupation, Indira strangulated democracy, Rajeev Gandhi in Shah Bano case deprived Muslim women their rights, and this mother-son (Sonia-Rahul) duo were involved in corruption when Manmohan Singh was Prime Minister," Chouhan said. Congress is "dying" of it's "evil deeds", he stated.

    16:00 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Chouhan takes dig at names of Congress leaders taking rounds as replacement of Rahul Gandhi

    Chouhan also took dig at the names of Congress leaders taking rounds as a replacement of Gandhi.
    "There are names of leaders like Motilal Vora who is around 100 years of age and Ashok Gahlot whose son lost the Lok Sabha elections. In such a situation, party workers and leaders have no option but to leave it," he said.

    15:59 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Congress a sinking ship, hence MLAs deserting it, says Chouhan

    Congress is a sinking ship whose captain Rahul Gandhi is deserting it, senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Sunday and claimed MLAs quitting the party in Karnataka was a fallout of it. "Congress is a sinking ship and Rahul Gandhi who is its captain is deserting it. When the captain will flee, the Congress MLAs will not be behind in fleeing," Chouhan said launching Delhi BJP's membership campaign at JLN stadium here.

    The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister also attacked Congress Prime Ministers Jawahar Lal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, charging them of "weakening" the country.

    15:54 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    BJP will decide after Karnataka speaker decides on MLAs' resignation: Yeddyurappa

    The BJP is watching the political developments in Karnataka after the resignation of over a dozen ruling Congress-JD(S) MLAs, and those in the party are not "sanyasis" to rule out the possibility of forming the government, state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa said Sunday.
    "Let's wait and watch. Are we sanyasis (hermits)? After the resignation process is over and the speaker takes his decision, leaders of our party will discuss and decide," he said in response to a question whether the BJP was preparing to form the government. Speaking to reporters in Tumkur, the former chief minister said, "Ours is a national party, after discussing with the national leadership, we will take a decision."
    Asked whether the coalition government will collapse, he repeated, "Let's wait and watch". (PTI)

    15:49 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    No threat to our government, issues to be resolved after CM's return: Karnataka Congress MLA Mahendra Singhi

    Karnataka Congress MLA Mahendra Singhi told reporters that he had met Congress MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi and spoke about the reasons of his quitting the Assembly. "There is no threat to our government as the issues will be resolved on the chief minister's return," Singhi said. (PTI)

    15:35 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy flying to Bengaluru by a special flight from Delhi

    Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is flying to Bengaluru by a special flight from Delhi.

    14:54 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Not aware of presence of dissident K'taka MLAs in Mumbai: BJP

    The Maharashtra BJP on Sunday claimed that it was not aware of the presence any of the 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) from Karnataka in Mumbai. When contacted, Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Keshav Upadhyay said, "We are not aware of the presence of any MLA from Karnataka in Mumbai. We have nothing to do with the developments."

    Rebel JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath told reporters on Saturday that "14 MLAs from Congress and JD(S) have resigned", but Karnataka Assembly secretariat sources said 13 legislators have put in their papers, including Vijayanagara MLA Anand Singh, who had submitted his resignation to the speaker's office earlier in the week. (PTI)

    14:39 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    In touch with 5-6 MLAs, everybody loyal to Congress, says Siddaramiah

    Even as the Congress-JDS alliance in Karnataka is teetering on the edge with the resignation of 14 MLAs, former chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramiah Sunday said he is in touch with a few leaders and that everybody is “expected to be loyal” to the party. “I am in touch with 5-6 MLAs. I can’t reveal all the details. Everybody is loyal to the party. It is not a question of a person being loyal to me. Everybody is expected to be loyal to the party,” he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. Read more...

    14:23 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    Congress' DK Shivakumar meets Deve Gowda, JDS leaders

    Congress leader and Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar met former prime minister HD Deve Gowda and JDS leaders HD Revanna, D Kupendra Reddy, HK Kumaraswamy, and DC Thammanna. "They've (JDS) called a meeting of their party leaders. We'll also call our party leaders&sort out this issue. I'm confident things will cool down immediately. In the interest of nation and both parties, we've to run govt smoothly. I'm confident MLAs will come back," he told news agency ANI

    14:19 (IST)07 Jul 2019
    What’s behind the Karnataka MLAs’ move to resign

    The MLAs are from pro and anti-Siddaramaiah groups as well as pro and anti-Kumaraswamy groups. The composition of the group of rebel MLAs suggests an attempt to extract concessions and favours from those controlling the Congress-JDS government, including possibly ministerial posts.

    Congress leaders claimed that the 14 MLAs were upset over the failure of the coalition government to address local issues that concern them. “If the issues are addressed, the situation is still recoverable,” said a Congress functionary.

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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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