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Karnataka crisis Highlights: Will examine resignation, ascertain if genuine, says Speaker after meeting rebel MLAs

Karnataka MLAs Resign, Karnataka Political Crisis Today Live News Updates: Rebel MLAs submitted afresh their resignation to the Speaker following a Supreme Court order that directed the Speaker to decide on the resignation during the course of the day

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Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar briefs media after meeting rebel MLAs (Express Photo)

Karnataka Political Crisis Live News Updates: 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. Briefing the media after his almost one-hour meeting with the MLAs, Kumar said he was “hurt” over reports that he is delaying the resignation process of the MLAs, adding that “it is not (his) job to save anyone.”

The Speaker received fresh resignations of eight of the ten rebel MLAs who had approached the Supreme Court earlier. The apex court allowed the ten MLAs to meet the Speaker at 6 PM and convey again their decision to resign. The court directed the Speaker to decide on the resignations during the course of the day.

With the political crisis in the state causing more trouble for the beleaguered Congress-JD(S) alliance in the state, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy chaired a crucial cabinet meeting to discuss the situation. The state Cabinet meeting resolved to face the situation “bravely” and said it was ready to face a no-confidence motion, if moved by the opposition BJP. Earlier today, Kumaraswamy held 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.

Sixteen MLAs, including Housing Minister M T B Nagaraj, have resigned and two Independent legislators — R Shankar and H Nagesh — have withdrawn support to the Congress-JD(S) coalition government. If the resignations are accepted by the Speaker, the strength of the coalition will fall to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 plus two Independents clearing the way for the BJP to seek a trust vote.

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The dissident Congress JD(S) MLAs met the Karnataka Speaker to submit afresh their resignation following a Supreme Court order that directed the Speaker to decide on their resignations during the course of the day. Track here for LIVE updates

Newly merged Goa Congress MLAs meet Amit Shah

Newly merged MLAs with BJP national president Amit Shah. They had the meeting in the evening and are expected to return by morning flight. Chief a minister Pramod Sawant is expected to return later in the evening on Saturday after attending a meeting on mining in delhi.
Newly merged Goa MLAs with BJP national president Amit Shah. They had the meeting in the evening and are expected to return by morning flight. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is expected to return later in the evening on Saturday after attending a meeting on mining in Delhi.  (Express Photo)

Cong-JDS legislators return Mumbai

BJP sources told the Indian Express that dissident legislators, who had gone to Bangalore today to appear before assembly speaker at 6 pm, are back in Mumbai. They will stay in the Renaissance Hotel, Powai till further decision is taken, said a BJP leader.

Speculative sensationalism: Muralidhar Rao on talks with JD(S) minister

Taking to Twitter, BJP General Secretary  Muralidhar Rao said "there is no truth in any kind of discussion with JDS minister. In a public place it was a mere coincidence. Don't go by highly speculative sensationalization."

CPI-M slams BJP for Karna political crisis

CPI(M) general secretary Sitara Yechury Thursday lashed out at the BJP and alleged that the "horse-trading" taking place in Karnataka was part of th saffron party's agenda to make India "Opposition free". "The current horse-trading happening in Karnataka i part of BJP's agenda to make India Opposition free. The BJ will go to any extent to grab power," Yechury told reporters. (PTI)

Resignations now in right format: Karnataka Assembly Speaker

Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Thursday said that "MLAs have submitted their resignation in right format now." Kumar said he had earlier informed the legislators that if they are so intent to resign, they should resubmit their resignations in the prescribed form.

The top court earlier asked the Speaker to decide "forthwith" on Thursday about the resignation of 10 rebel Congress-JD(S) coalition MLAs, allowing them to meet him at 6 pm.

Karnataka Assembly Speaker on disqualification petition on 2 rebel MLAs

On the disqualification petition against Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathahalli, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said, "though resignation and disqualification are similar in case of disqualification they cannot enter the house for the rest of the term of the house. Therefore if I hurriedly decide on this I will not do justice. I am in a fix, I want to go by my conscience."

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. 

Not acting in haste, obligation to state and constitution: Speaker

Karnataka Assembly Speaker after meeting rebel MLAs: "MLAs don't communicate to me and rush to the Governor. What can he do? Is it not misuse? They approached the Supreme Court. I am not acting in haste because I have to convince myself. I am 70. I must die peacefully. I repeate that I'm not under anybody's obligation. My obligation is to the aspiration of the people of the state."  

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. 

Speaker addresses press after meeting with rebel MLAs

Watch: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar addresses media after meeting rebel MLAs Thursday

Full list of rebel MLAs meeting Speaker

Full list of MLAs meeting Speaker

MLA - Constituency - District

Congress
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

JD(S)
AH Vishwanath - Hunsur - Mysuru
KC Narayan Gowda - Krishnarajpet - Mandya
K Gopalaiah - Mahalakshmi Layout - Bengaluru

Watch: Congress MLA Byrathi Basavaraj runs into Speaker's chamber

Watch: Congress MLA Byrathi Basavaraj runs into the Speaker's chamber in Vidhana Soudha.  He is seen carrying documents related to his resignation with him, like the other MLAs directed by the Supreme Court to meet Speaker Ramesh Kumar.

Rebel MLAs meeting with Speaker underway

A meeting is underway between 11 rebel MLAs of the Congress JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka and the Assembly Speaker. The MLAs meeting the Speaker include Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavraju, BC Patil, Gopalaiah, shivaram Hebbar, ST Somashekar, Vishwanath, Narayan gowda, pratha gowda patil, mahesh kumatali, Munirathna. 

Watch: Rebel MLAs reach Speaker's chamber

Monsoon session: Karnataka Congress issues whip to MLAs, including rebels.

Meanwhile, the Congress party has issued a whip to all its MLAs, including the rebels, to be present in the Assembly on the first day of the monsoon session on Friday.

Cops stop BJP MLAs from entering Karnataka Speaker's chamber

Police officers stopped a group of BJP MLAs from entering the Speaker's chamber in the first floor of Vidhana Soudha in Karnataka. 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 said. 

The 10 MLAs will meet the Speaker at 6 PM Thursday to submit their resignations again following the Supreme Court order directing the Speaker to decide on the resignations during the course of the day. 

Govt will survive,ready to face no-confidence motion:Cabinet

The Karnataka Cabinet that met Thursday resolved to face the political situation in the state "bravely" and "withstand" it unitedly. Expressing confidence that the government would survive, the cabinet that met under the leadership of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said it was ready to face a no-confidence motion, if moved by the opposition BJP.

"Political developments were discussed, what was discussed and decided was that the government is in a crisis situation, there is no doubt about it, various reasons for it and steps to solve it were discussed," Rural development minister Krishna Byre Gowda said.

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting here, he claimed that this was the sixth or seventh attempt to destabilise the government . "It can be called as continuous assault rather, by the BJP, using the central government.

(PTI)

Meanwhile, in Goa: Ten Congress MLAs to meet BJP’s top leadership today

All the 10 Goa MLAs, who left the Congress Wednesday,  are expected to meet BJP national president Amit Shah and working president J P Nadda later today along with Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. 

Two-thirds (10 of the 15) MLAs of the Congress Legislative Party Wednesday resigned and met the Speaker of the 40-member Assembly in their bid to merge with the ruling BJP.  All resignations were accepted by Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo.

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Disgruntled MLAs approaching SC made things 'murky': Karnataka Speaker

Ahead of his meeting with th disgruntled Congress and JD(S) MLAs, Karnataka Assembl Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Thursday said the legislator approaching the Supreme Court made things appear "murky."

The Congress and JD(S) MLAs, who had resigned from th Assembly are slated to meet the Speaker by 6 PM, in accordanc with the Apex court  "I had not prevented them (disgruntled MLAs) from comin (to my office). I don't know why they moved the Supreme Cour to meet me," Kumar told reporters outside the Vidhana Soudh here

"There was no need for them (MLAs who resigned) t approach the Court (for a direction) that I should meet them They could have willingly come here. That itself shows th whole thing is murky," he said.

(PTI)

Dissident MLAs to tender resignations afresh to Speaker after SC order

The disgruntled Congress MLAs Thursday said they would tender their resignation to the Assembly Speaker afresh, in accordance with the Supreme Court order. Insisting they were still in Congress and have resigned only from the Assembly, the MLAs ruled out BJP's role in the entire episode.

"According to the Supreme Court directive, we will reach Bengaluru and meet the honourable speaker. Since the Apex court has directed us to tender resignations afresh, we are going there. There is no change (in our decision)," B A Basavaraja, Congress MLA from KR Puram in Bengaluru told reporters in Mumbai.

(PTI)

Karnataka MLAs camping in Mumbai leave for Bengaluru by special flight.

Karnataka MLAs camping in Mumbai leave for Bengaluru by special flight. The Supreme Court has asked the ten Congress and JD(S) rebel MLAs 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.

Karnataka rebel MLAs reach Mumbai airport, directed by SC to meet Speaker

Rebel Congress MLAs reached the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. They have been directed by the Supreme Court to meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6 pm today and submit their resignations if they so wish.

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. Supreme Court refused to give a hearing in the matter today. The Supreme Court said, 'In the morning we have fixed the matter for hearing tomorrow'.

Mallikarjun Kharge: The Court has ordered, naturally that will be followed

Reacting to  SC asking 10 rebel Karnataka MLAs to meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6pm today and submit their resignations if they so wish, Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said, "The Court has ordered, naturally that will be followed. As per law they have to act. Speaker will also go as per rule."

Still confident that all MLAs who had resigned will change their minds: 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 DK Shivakumar said.

Why should I resign, says Kumaraswamy

With his government fighting for survival following the resignation of 16 Congress-JD(S) MLAs, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy sought to know on Thursday why should he step down from the post. "Why should I resign? What is the necessity for me to resign now?," Kumaraswamy shot back to reporters here, amidst the speculation that he could put in his papers in the wake of the crisis that has pushed his coalition government to the brink of collapse. He recalled that in 2009-10, 18 MLAs, including some ministers, had "opposed" the then chief minister BS Yeddyurappa of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but he had not resigned. The chief minister held discussions with senior Congress leaders on Thursday, after the coalition government headed by him suffered a fresh jolt with two more Congress legislators resigning on Wednesday, talking the tally of MLAs who have put in their papers to 16. The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition faces the threat of losing its majority in the Assembly if the resignations are accepted as its current tally is 116 in the 224 member House.

Congress sends Chellakumar to take stock of situation in Goa

Meanwhile, in another development, shocked after 10 of its MLAs joined the BJP in Goa, the Congress central leadership has sent senior party leader A Chellakumar to take stock of the situation in the coastal state. Chellakumar, All India Congress Committee secretary and the opposition party's Goa in-charge, arrived here on Wednesday night and began discussions with the party's remaining five legislators to decide the future course of action. All the five MLAs will meet during the day to elect their leader after consulting the party high command, Chellakumar told PTI. He dubbed Wednesday's political development in Goa "murder of democracy by the BJP".

Cong leaders protest in Parliament over Karnataka, Goa crisis

Congress MPs held a protest against the ruling BJP in Parliament on Thursday over the political crisis which has hit the party in Karnataka and Goa. A number of top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma, protested near the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex and shouted slogans. They also carried placards with messages like "Save Democracy". The Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka is in a turmoil after several MLAs, mostly of the Congress, resigned from the Assembly, threatening the stability of the ruling dispensation.

Karnataka MLAs camping in Mumbai may fly back to Bengaluru today

Karnataka MLAs camping in Mumbai may fly back to Bengaluru at 2 pm, PTI reported.

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 the Congress "will fight tooth and nail to uphold the constitution and save democracy."

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."

P Chidambaram in Rajya Sabha: Unhappy that democracy is suffering a blow every day

P Chidambaram in Rajya Sabha: I wish I was speaking under happier circumstances. I'm not unhappy only because India lost cricket match yesterday, I'm very unhappy that democracy is suffering a blow every day. What we've seen in Karnataka, Goa may appear to be political upmanship but it has very damaging effect on economy. Foreign investors, rating agencies, international organisations don't follow Indian media. What they hear and read on political instability will have an impact on economy.

Security beefed up at Vidhana Soudha

Security beefed up at Vidhana Soudha. Public not allowed inside 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.

Karnataka crisis in SC: Rebel MLAs told to meet Speaker at 6pm today, to be given security

The Supreme Court on Thursday told the 10 Congress and JD(S) rebel  MLAs to meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6 pm and convey their decision to resign from the Cabinet if they wish so. The court added the Speaker should decide on the resignations today itself.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing a plea by the dissident legislators who alleged that Speaker Ramesh Kumar was deliberately not accepting their resignations, a move that has threatened the stability of the coalition government.

Assuring security to the rebel MLAs, the apex court directed the state DGP to provide protection and said the decision taken by the Speaker must be intimated to the bench on Friday. Read More

Meanwhile, a Goa meltdown: 10 of 15 Congress MLAs join BJP

AS the Congress struggles to save the coalition government with JD(S) in Karnataka, it suffered a major setback in Goa with 10 of its 15 MLAs joining the BJP on Wednesday.

With this, the ruling BJP ‘s strength in the Assembly swells to 27, and the strength of the Congress which won 17 seats in 2017, stands reduced to five. Two Congress MLAs had joined the BJP earlier. Read More

Ten Congress MLAs in Goa submitted their resignation letter to the Speaker

BJP staged a protest against the Speaker for not accepting the resignations of MLAs

Earlier, the BJP staged a protest against the Speaker for not accepting the resignations of MLAs before a delegation led by Yeddyurappa met the Governor. “…the Speaker is bound to accept the resignations of MLAs who have rendered their resignation, if it is presented in person,’’ Yeddyurappa wrote in a letter to the Governor. He also said the law allows the Speaker to check the veracity of a resignation if it is sent through post or an agent.

“Immediately accepting the resignations is the only constitutional provision left with the Speaker. Despite such clear constitutional mandate, we are shocked to know that the Speaker is giving dates to MLAs to be present in his chamber and postponing the acceptance of the resignations,” he stated.

The BJP has asked the Governor to advise the Speaker to take action regarding the resignations.

BJP tests the waters in Karnataka as more MLAs resign, meets Governor

As two more MLAs quit the beleaguered Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka Wednesday, a BJP delegation led by state party chief B S Yeddyurappa met Governor Vajubhai Vala, requesting him to advise the Speaker to expedite the process of accepting the resignations of all MLAs. 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.  The fresh exits take the number of legislators who have quit to 16, leaving the ruling coalition staring at the threat of losing majority. If the resignations are accepted by the Speaker, the strength of the coalition will fall to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 plus two Independents clearing the way for the BJP to seek a trust vote. Read More

Prohibitory orders around Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru in view of crucial cabinet meet

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar has issued prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, restricting the gathering of more than five persons and any form of protests within the two-km area around the Vidhana Soudha. The police commissioner issued the orders on Wednesday night, taking into account intelligence inputs. The prohibitory orders came into effect on Thursday when Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is scheduled to chair a cabinet meeting in the backdrop of 16 MLAs, including Housing Minister M T B Nagaraj, resigning and two Independent legislators -- R Shankar and H Nagesh -- withdrawing support to the Congress-JD(S) coalition government on Wednesday.

JUST IN | SC asks MLAs to appear before Assembly Speaker at 6 pm today

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. CJI Ranjan Gogoi to Sr Adv Mukul Rohatgi who appeared for 10 rebel MLAs: So you want to resign but Speaker not accepting? Rohatgi: Yes, that’s what surprises me. CJI: Nothing surprises us.

We are protesting against Karnataka and Goa issue: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma protest in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament. "We are protesting against Karnataka and Goa issue," ANI quoted Rahul Gandhi as saying. As the Congress struggles to save the coalition government with JD(S) in Karnataka, it suffered a major setback in Goa with 10 of its 15 MLAs joining the BJP on Wednesday. Stay tuned for LIVE updates here!

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Karnataka crisis LIVE updates: Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar has issued prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

In the wake of a spate of resignations threatening the existence of the coalition government in Karnataka, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar has issued prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, restricting the gathering of more than five persons and any form of protests within the two-km area around the Vidhana Soudha. The police commissioner issued the orders on Wednesday night, taking into account intelligence inputs.

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked Kumaraswamy to step down, claiming that his government has lost the majority.

Joining 14 MLAs who had quit earlier, Housing minister M T B Nagaraj and the state pollution board chairman K Sudhakar submitted their resignations to the Speaker Wednesday afternoon. This comes a day after Kumar rejected the resignations of nine of 14 MLAs. Both legislators are expected to join other rebel MLAs in Mumbai, where police detained Congress leader D K Shivakumar. Shivakumar, sent to negotiate with the rebels, was stopped from entering the hotel the MLAs are staying in and was packed off to Bengaluru.

Incidentally, the resignations of Nagaraj and Sudhakar, affiliated to senior Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah, were submitted to the Speaker just after the Congress and JD(S) ended a protest in Bengaluru, where they accused the BJP of holding 10 MLAs hostage in Mumbai as part of its efforts to topple the coalition government in Karnataka.

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