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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

By: Express Web Desk
Bengaluru, New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2019 12:32:25 am
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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including Housing Minister M T B Nagaraj, have resigned and two Independent legislators — R Shankar and H Nagesh — have withdrawn support to the Congress-JD(S) coalition government.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

00:31 (IST)12 Jul 2019
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)

23:01 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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.

22:07 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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."

20:52 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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)

20:04 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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.

19:49 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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."

19:30 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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. 

19:24 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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."  

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19:11 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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. 

19:03 (IST)11 Jul 2019
Speaker addresses press after meeting with rebel MLAs

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

18:56 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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

18:49 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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.

18:47 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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. 

18:28 (IST)11 Jul 2019
Watch: Rebel MLAs reach Speaker's chamber
18:18 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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.

17:36 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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. 

17:19 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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)

16:49 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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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16:18 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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)

15:28 (IST)11 Jul 2019
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)

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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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First published on: 11-07-2019 at 10:48:10 am
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