As the Karnataka government teetered on the brink, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy announced on Friday that he would seek a trust vote. He sought time from Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar who in turn said a slot would be allotted whenever the CM opted for it. Former Karnataka CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said the Congress-JD(S) coalition is confident of retaining the numbers in the Assembly and that is why they are moving the vote of confidence motion. However, he said he “did not want to disclose” how (Cong-JDS) will win the vote of confidence in the Karnataka legislative assembly.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court while hearing the bunch of pleas moved by rebel MLAs directed the Speaker to not decide on the resignation or disqualification of legislators till July 16. The apex court will now hear the matter on Tuesday. The political turmoil in the southern state persists even as the 10-day-long Karnataka Monsoon session began with CM HD Kumaraswamy moving a confidence motion.
Eight of the 11 rebel MLAs, who met the Speaker at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru Thursday on the Supreme Court’s direction, have submitted fresh resignation letters. If the resignations are accepted, the 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka will lose the majority, paving the way for the BJP to stake claim to form the next government.
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Resort politics returns as Congress-JDS, BJP herd MLAs in luxury stays
Resort politics returned to Karnataka as the three key players — ruling Congress and JDS and opposition BJP herded their MLAs in luxury stays to keep their flock intact amid the continuing tension triggered by the legislators' resignation saga.
The JDS has chosen the serene surroundings of Nandi Hill on the city outskirts while its partner Congress opted for a star hotel here, sources in the parties said. The MLAs of the BJP are staying in the cozy comforts of a resort near Yelahanka here and an ultra luxury hotel. (PTI)
MLAs fallacious, Karnataka Speaker tells Supreme Court
Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday told the Supreme Court the allegation by 10 rebel MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) coalition that he had made himself "scarce" and was unavailable on the day of their resignation is "fallacious".
In an affidavit, he said that none of these MLAs submitted the resignation in person or by hand to him. "It is therefore patently false to suggest that the speaker had made himself scarce or was unavailable".
The MLAs moved the apex court alleging that the speaker was not accepting their resignations. Their counsel had told the top court on Thursday that on July 6, when some of the MLAs went to submit their resignations, the speaker left his office through the back door. (PTI)
Three rebel MLAs summoned by Assembly Speaker fail to turn up
Three rebel Congress and JDS MLAs failed to appear before Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday as sought by him for a personal hearing over their resignations, official sources said. The Speaker had on July 9 asked the three MLAs to appear before him at his office between 3 pm and 4 pm Friday for a personal hearing. (PTI)
Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar: The man in the spotlight
One of the concerns that Congress leaders have as the Karnataka legislative assembly enters a phase of uncertainty on account of the resignation of 16 MLAs from the ruling Congress-JDS coalition is that the Speaker of the state assembly K R Ramesh Kumar will show no favouritism despite being a Congress leader for many years. Read more...
Lone BSP MLA N Mahesh in the Karnataka Assembly chose not to speak to media
Lone BSP MLA N Mahesh in the Karnataka Assembly chose not to speak to the media.
Lone BSP MLA N Mahesh comes out from Vidhana Soudha after Day-One of the Monsoon session in Karnataka legislative assembly. He chose not to speak to the media on the #KarnatakaPoliticalCrisis @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/2o2X5Aex7D— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) July 12, 2019
Seeking trust vote moral responsibility (of any chief minister): Karnataka Urban Development Minister UT Khader
Karnataka Urban Development Minister UT Khader said seeking of trust vote is the way to solve the confusion that has arisen between the people of the state and the government. "It is the moral responsibility (of any chief minister) and ethics of politics, and that is why a chief minister is looked up to as a role model," he said. "If we get the majority, we will continue, otherwise no." When asked about when the trust vote will be moved, he said only Speaker will decide that.
"Whenever such confusion arises between the people of the state and the government, it is the moral responsibility (of any chief minister), ethics of politics," said Karnataka minister UT Khader while speaking on chief minister's decision of seeking trust vote. pic.twitter.com/F0kyXtT8bR— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) July 12, 2019
BJP uses money to bring down state governments, saw that in Northeast as well: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Friday said BJP uses money to bring down state governments. "They have been doing that. We saw that in the Northeast as well," he added.
Rahul Gandhi on political developments in Karnataka: BJP uses money to bring down state Govts, they have been doing that. We saw that in the North east as well. pic.twitter.com/gqEav98XeU— ANI (@ANI) July 12, 2019
Monsoon Session of Vidhana Soudha concludes
JD(S) legislators have left for a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru after the first day of monsoon session in Vidhana Soudha. They were ferried in a bus different from the one in which they came to the legislative assembly this morning.
Moving vote of confidence motion because we are confident: Siddaramaiah
Former Karnataka CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said the Congress-JD(S) coalition is confident of retaining the numbers in the Assembly and that is why they are moving the vote of confidence motion. However, he said he "did not want to disclose" how (Cong-JDS) will win the vote of confidence in the Karnataka legislative assembly.
We are confident that we get the approval of the house for our (vote of confidence) motion, CLP leader @siddaramaiah says. However, he said he "did not want to disclose" how (Cong-JDS) will win the vote of confidence in the Karnataka legislative assembly. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/zqawLDrts5— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) July 12, 2019
Congress MLA Tanveer Sait says Congress-JD(S) coalition has numbers to retain government in Karnataka
Karnataka Congress MLA Tanveer Sait says Congress-JD(S) coalition has the numbers to retain the government in Karnataka. According to him, the coordination between the two parties is now even better than before.
Karnataka Congress MLA Tanveer Sait says Congress-JD(S) coalition has the numbers to retain the government in Karnataka. According to him, the coordination between the two parties is now even better than before.https://t.co/H4JeiwkYw6 pic.twitter.com/ry4eAGzfpf— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) July 12, 2019
Congress legislators seek blessings of Lord Ganesh at Mumbai's Siddhivinayak Temple
Four Karnataka rebel legislators, BC Patil, ST Somashekhar, Byrathi Basavaraj, and Shivram Hebbar, took blessings of Lord Ganesh at Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai.
Slot will be alloted for moving trust motion whenever CM opts for it: Karnataka Speaker
In the wake of H D Kumaraswamy deciding to seek a trust vote, Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday said a slot would be allotted whenever the Karnataka Chief Minister opted for it.
"The chief minister has spoken his mind that he would not cling to power amid the confusion. He said he will seek the trust of the House," the Speaker told reporters here.
"Whenever he tells me that he wants to move the trust motion, the very next day I will put it in the business of the day," he added. (PTI)
Have to wait and see if their (MLAs') mind changes: Anitha Kumaraswamy
JD(S) MLA and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy's wife Anitha Kumaraswamy said the speaker is yet to accept the resignations. "We’ll have to wait and see if their mind changes. Still hopeful," Anitha said.
Congress to move its MLAs to Clarks Exotica Convention Resorts in Bengaluru after Assembly session
K Eshwarappa demands resignation of Kumaraswamy
Kumaraswamy made the plea seeking the trust vote in the Assembly
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Friday said he would seek a trust vote and asked Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to fix the time for it. The embattled JD(S) leader also said he was ready for everything and that he was not here to cling to power. Kumaraswamy made the plea seeking the trust vote in the Assembly, which met here amid a flurry of political developments that have pushed his already wobbly government on the brink of collapse.
CM Kumaraswamy seeks Vote of Confidence as Assembly session begins
Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy on Friday sought time from the Speaker of the state assembly to seek a vote of confidence in his government Kumaraswamy made the request in the course of condolence messages at the opening of the state assembly session. The numbers of the coalition will fall to 101 in the event of acceptance of the resignations of 16 MLAs by the Speaker. The BJP has 105 MLAs and the support of two Independents at present.
Assembly session to start soon
All is set for the start of the tumultuous Karnataka assembly session today. Most MLAs have started arriving. JD (S) MLAs have come on a bus from the Devanahalli resort. Ministers are already in the assembly. Sowmya Reddy, daughter of Ramalinga Reddy is seen entering the Vidhan Soudha.
Congress confident on attendance in assembly session
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Working President Eshwar Khandre claims all Congress MLAs will attend the monsoon session. He says strict action will be taken against those who skip the session.
Breaking | Speaker should not decide on resignation of MLAs till July 16
Supreme Court orders status quo regarding Karnataka MLAs till it hears the matter again on July 16. The court says Speaker should not decide on disqualification or resignation of MLAs till that date.
Hearing underway in SC over rebel MLAs plea
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for K'taka CM, tells SC one of the rebel MLAs was involved in Ponzi scheme for which govt is being accused of. Disqualification proceedings have been filed against eight MLAs, Singhvi, counsel for Speaker, tells SC.
MLAs keep arriving at the Vidhan Soudha ahead of assembly session
Jayanagar MLA Sowmya Reddy, Congress MLA KJ George and others arrive ahead of the monsoon session in Vidhana Soudha.
Plea of MLAs should not have been entertained: CM Kumaraswamy to SC
MLAs in plea have levelled corruption allegations and order was passed without hearing me. Plea of MLAs should not have been entertained. Speaker has the responsibility to satisfy himself that resignations were voluntary. Order on resignations was passed by SC without issuing notice to speaker, alleges CM HD Kumaraswamy.
Speaker can be given one or two days to decide on resignations: MLAs
Speaker can be given one or two days to decide on resignations. If he does not decide, contempt notice can be issued against him: MLAs to SC
MLAs say speaker questioned their move to approach SC
Speaker has no immunity with regard to acceptance of resignations, rebel MLAs tell SC. Does the speaker have the power to challenge SC order, CJI Ranjan Gogoi asks the speaker's counsel. Rebel MLAs say speaker questioned their move to approach SC and said "go to hell" to them in front of media.
Notices are being pasted on the homes of all the rebel MLAs
Notices are being pasted on the homes of all the rebel MLAs of the party legislative whip that has been issued for them to attend the monsoon session of the Karnataka assembly.
BJP rules out forming govt with JD (S)
Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa rules out the possibility of forming govt with the support of JD(S), says they have already failed after forming the govt with JD(S) once. The issue was raised following a meeting of Tourism Minister Sa Ra Mahesh with BJP leaders yesterday. Yeddyurappa said it was a mere coincidence, and nothing more should be seen in the incident.
JD(S) MLAs camping at a resort leave for Vidhana Soudha
JD(S) MLAs camping at a private resort in Devanahalli, Bengaluru leave for Vidhana Soudha to attend the monsoon session.
CM Kumaraswamy's counsel objects to submissions by rebel MLAs
Dr Rajeev Dhavan, arguing for Karnataka CM, objects to the submissions of the rebel MLAs that the speaker has acted in a mala-fide manner.
Hearing on plea of 10 rebel Karnataka MLAs underway in SC
The Supreme Court is hearing on a plea of 10 rebel Karnataka MLAs seeking acceptance of their resignations by Assembly speaker. The MLAs had met the Speaker on Thursday and eight of them had submitted fresh resignation letters in a correct format.
Singhvi making submissions for Speaker
It is a constitutional duty to Speaker to ensure that resignations are voluntary and genuine. Cites Article 190(3)(b) provision. Resignation is a ploy to avoid disqualification, Singhvi submits. Congress leader and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi argue that these MLAs' intention in giving resignation is something different, and it is to avoid disqualification.
Speaker working in contempt of court: Rohatgi in SC
Rohatgi points out that whip has been issued to the rebel MLAs to be present in house and vote on the budget. This is a ploy to cause their disqualification and acceptance of resignation is being purposefully delayed, he says. Speaker is acting in contempt of court by refusing to decide on resignations within the deadline set by SC.
#KarnatakaPoliticalCrisis Sr Adv Mukul Rohatgi for MLAs says if Speaker wants more time to decide on resignation of MlAs, it can be given but till then there should be no disqualification. Urges court to issue contempt notice if he doesn’t want to decide at all @IndianExpress— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) July 12, 2019
BJP hardly care about democracy: Karnataka Congress
BJP government has come to power just to finish Secularism, Democracy and Opposition. Their only goal is to have one political party, which is against democracy and constitution: Gulam nabi Azad
' @BJP4India hardly care about democracy.— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) July 12, 2019
BJP government has come to power just to finish Secularism, Democracy and Opposition.
Their only goal is to have one political party, which is against democracy and constitution. -@ghulamnazad #BJPKidnapsMLAs #BJPKillingDemocracy
BJP will issue whip to MLAs, says Yeddyurappa
BS Yeddyurappa, BJP, on Karnataka Assembly session beginning today: We will give a whip to attend the session from today to the end of this month.
Karnataka Crisis knocks Supreme Court doors
Lawyer appearing for many Congress workers today, before the Supreme Court mentioned and sought a hearing in Karnataka political crisis case. CJI, Ranjan Gogoi, heading the three judge-bench, asked him to remain present when the same matter would be taken up for hearing today.
Congress, JDS issue whip to all MLAs
All the Congress and JDS MLAs have been issued whips to attend the session. The whip will be in force under the present circumstances, the Speaker clarified. Legislators who do not attend the assembly session will be liable to face disqualification under the anti-defection law.