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Karnataka crisis HIGHLIGHTS: Hours before floor test, Karnataka CM meets Cong MLAs camping in Bangalore resort

Karnataka crisis HIGHLIGHTS: In Karnataka, resignations by 15 MLAs have plunged the Congress-JD(S) coalition government into crisis earlier this month. Thirteen Congress and three JD(S) MLAs have resigned since July 6, technically reducing the numbers of the coalition from 117 to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 in the 224-member House.

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Karnataka crisis HIGHLIGHTS: Resignations by the MLAs have plunged the Congress-JD(S) coalition government into crisis earlier this month.

Karnataka crisis HIGHLIGHTS: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict on Wednesday which said the 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs should not be compelled to take part in the trust vote which is scheduled to be held in Karnataka Assembly tomorrow, the rebel MLAs who are in Mumbai said there is no question of going back to attend the floor test. “We honour the Supreme Court’s verdict. We all are together. We stand by our decision. There is no question of going to the Assembly,” ANI quoted the MLAs as saying.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also left it to the Speaker to decide on the resignations of the rebel MLAs within the timeframe he thinks appropriate. The top court was hearing the pleas of the MLAs against Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar for sitting on their resignations.

In Karnataka, resignations by the MLAs have plunged the Congress-JD(S) coalition government into crisis earlier this month. Thirteen Congress and three JD(S) MLAs have resigned since July 6, technically reducing the numbers of the coalition from 117 to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 in the 224-member House where the halfway mark is 113.

The bench had on Tuesday said the position and powers of the Speaker after the enactment of the anti-defection law in 1985 may require a relook, after hearing the rebel MLAs, the Speaker and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. Earlier on Friday, the top court had restrained the Speaker from taking any decision till July 16 on the resignation and disqualification of the rebel MLAs. Also, a vote of confidence has been scheduled in Vidhana Soudha on July 18.

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Karnataka CM meets Congress MLAs camping in Bangalore resort

Hours ahead of the floor test scheduled to take place in Vidhana Soudha on Thursday, Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy met Congress legislators camping in Windflower Prakruthi Resort, Bangalore.

There is evidence of BJP being behind the mass resignations, our petition is to look into that issue: K C Venugopal

"Our petition of disqualification is not related to any party whip. The same stands even after this verdict as they (rebel MLAs) have voluntarily given up the membership with a purpose to sabotage this government joining hands with the BJP," said AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal.

"They are various evidence that shows BJP's hands in this mass resignation. Our disqualification petition (submitted to the Karnataka speaker) is to look into that issue," he further said.

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The court allowed the intervention application of five rebel MLAs to be made as parties in the case, in which 10 MLAs have approached the apex court earlier. The Congress workers have alleged that the resignation by the rebel MLAs was a ploy to destabilise the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government in the southern state.

On Tuesday, the top court heard all the parties. Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and the speaker questioned its jurisdiction on entertaining the rebel MLAs, who alleged that they were being forced to act in a particular manner so as to save the coalition government in the state that had lost majority. (PTI)

SC rules: Rebel Karnataka MLAs can’t be compelled to participate in trust vote

In an interim order, a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said it thought fit to permit the Speaker to decide on the resignations “within such time frame as the Speaker may consider appropriate”. The bench added that the MLAs should be given an option to attend or not to attend the proceedings of the House.

The order came on petitions by the MLAs challenging the action of Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar in not accepting their resignations. The bench said it was of the view that the Speaker should not feel fettered by any order and should be free to make a decision. The court directed that the Speaker’s decision be placed before it as and when it is taken. Read more here

Will act in accordance with Constitution: Karnataka speaker after SC decision

Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court decision, giving him the freedom to decide on the resignations of rebel MLAs, and said he would conduct himself responsibly in accordance with the principles of the Constitution. “With utmost humility I welcome and respect the Supreme Court decision,” Kumar said soon after the apex court pronounced its order on the issue that has pushed the state into political turmoil. “The Supreme Court has put extra burden on me, I will conduct myself responsibly in accordance with constitutional principle,” he told reporters in Kolar, his home town. Read More

There is no question of going to the Assembly: Rebel Karnataka MLAs

Rebel Karnataka MLAs who are in Mumbai says, "We honour Supreme Court's verdict. We all are together. We stand by our decision. There is no question of going to the Assembly."

SC in its final judgement will have to create timelines for Speakers to decide a matter: GVL Narasimha Rao

GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP on SC verdict in Karnataka MLAs case: SC in its final judgement will have to create timelines for Speakers to decide a matter be it Assembly or Parliament. If required we'll look at the need for amending the act so that Speakers can't go by their own whims and fancies.

SC has put an extra burden on me, I will conduct myself responsibly: Karnataka Speaker

Reacting to the Supreme Court's verdict, Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar says, "I respect and welcome Supreme Court order with utmost humility. SC has put an extra burden on me, I will conduct myself responsibly in accordance with constitutional principles."

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CM has lost mandate,he must resign tomorrow, says BS Yeddyurappa after SC verdict

Former Karnataka CM and BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa on Supreme Court's verdict in Karnataka rebel MLAs case: Certainly the Government will not last because they do not have the numbers. Karnataka CM has lost his mandate and when there is no majority he must resign tomorrow. I welcome SC's decision, it's the victory of constitution and democracy, a moral victory for rebel MLAs. It's only an interim order, SC will decide powers of Speaker in future.

SC rules: Rebel Karnataka MLAs can’t be compelled to participate in trust vote

The Supreme Court Wednesday left it open to the Karnataka Assembly Speaker to decide on the resignations of the 15 rebel Congress and Janata Dal (S) MLAs but ordered that they should not be compelled to attend the proceedings of the state Assembly. In an interim order, a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said it thought fit to permit the Speaker to decide on the resignations “within such time frame as the Speaker may consider appropriate”. Read More

Kumaraswamy should not wait for trust vote, resign immediately: BJP

Reacting to the Supreme Court's verdict, BJP leader Jagadish Shettar, said, "There is anarchy in the state because of HD Kumaraswamy, he should resign immediately after this verdict and not wait for the trust vote."

15 MLAs are given liberty that may or may not go to the House tomorrow: Mukul Rohtagi

Mukul Rohatgi, representing Karnataka rebel MLAs in SC: In view of Trust Vote kept for tomorrow, SC has said two important things- 15 MLAs will not be compelled to attend the House tomorrow. All 15 MLAs are given the liberty that may or may not go to the House tomorrow. The three-line whip issued against them (rebel MLAs) to attend the House tomorrow is not operative in view of the SC judgement. Secondly, the Speaker has been given time to decide on the resignations as and when he wants to decide.

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MLAs should not be compelled to take part in the trust vote: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Wednesday left it to the Speaker to take a decision on resignations of 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs within the timeframe he thinks appropriate. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also said that the MLAs should not be compelled to take part in the trust vote which is scheduled to be held tomorrow.

Kumaraswamy will lose mandate tomorrow: BS Yeddyurappa

Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa says, " We are waiting for Supreme Court's decision, the MLAs who have resigned will not be affected. Tomorrow CM is going to move the confidence motion, he will lose the mandate, let us see what will happen."

Speaker’s powers need relook: SC

The Supreme Court  Tuesday said that the position and powers of the Speaker after the enactment of the anti-defection law in 1985 may require a re-look. “When the 10th Schedule (Anti-Defection law) was added (to the Constitution), a very high status was given (to the Speaker). But with (what has happened in the) last 10-25 years, probably a re-looking is required,” observed the bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose. Read More

Crucial SC verdict at 10:30!

As the political crisis continues in Karnataka, all eyes will be on the Supreme Court verdict on pleas moved by the dissident MLAs against Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar scheduled to be announced today. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi who heard a clutch of petitions filed by 10 MLAs of the Congress and JDS coalition government against the Speaker for not accepting their resignations on Tuesday had decided the same.  Read Bangalore news LIVE updates here

Karnataka floor test to be held tomorrow!

Amid the ongoing turmoil in the state, Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Monday scheduled a trust vote for the ruling Congress-JDS coalition government for 11 am on Thursday. He announced the decision of the trust vote after a meeting of the Business Advisory Council of the assembly. He also adjourned the house till Thursday after the BJP objected to the conduct of regular proceedings without the government proving it’s majority.

Welcome to our LIVE blog. The Supreme Court is all set to pronounce its order on the pleas of 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs against Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar for not accepting their resignations from the Assembly today. Follow to get the latest updates here!

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Karnataka crisis LIVE updates: 16 Congress and JD(S) MLAs have submitted resignations since July 1.

The numbers in the House will reduce only when the resignations are accepted by the Speaker or if the rebels are disqualified. In the SC Tuesday, the CJI countered arguments that the court did not have the jurisdiction to direct the Speaker to act in a particular manner at this stage. “The extent of jurisdiction depends on the kind of restraint this court would like to impose upon itself. There is no inflexible rule,” the bench told senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi who appeared for the Speaker.

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A total of 16 Congress and JD(S) MLAs have submitted resignations since July 6. This means the coalition strength will fall to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 plus two Independents in the 224-member House. 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 government.

On Monday, Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar scheduled a trust vote for the ruling Congress-JDS coalition government for 11 am on Thursday. He announced the decision of the trust vote after a meeting of the Business Advisory Council of the assembly. He also adjourned the house till Thursday after the BJP objected to the conduct of regular proceedings without the government proving it’s majority.

On Friday, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy announced a move to seek a trust vote after 16 MLAs of the coalition put in their papers, reducing the government to a minority. BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa has been demanding that CM Kumaraswamy resign immediately or face a trust vote at the earliest.

The Congress-JDS coalition are trying to bring back a few rebels to restore it’s majority numbers, even as 15 rebel MLAs have approached the Supreme Court with a plea to direct the Speaker to accept their resignations.