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Karnataka floor test LIVE updates: BSY wins trust vote, Speaker resigns minutes later

Karnataka Assembly Floor Test Today Live News Updates: The political crisis in Karnataka erupted after 17 MLAs of Congress-JD(S) tendered their resignations to the Speaker. The mass resignations led to the collapse of 14 month-old Kumaraswamy-led government.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 29, 2019 2:54:03 pm
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Karnataka Floor Test Live Updates: Minutes after Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa won the trust vote against his government in the Assembly, Speaker K R Ramesh Monday tendered his resignation from the House. Handing over his resignation letter to Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy, Kumar said during his 14-month-long tenure as Speaker, he had worked according to his “conscience” and in accordance with the Constitution. “I have upheld the dignity of office to the best of my ability,” he added.

Meanwhile, moving the confidence motion, B S Yediyurappa said he will not be involved in vindictive politics and requested Opposition’s cooperation. “Forget and forgive is something I believe in. I love people who oppose me as well,” he said. Countering him, former CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said BSY lacks the mandate of the people and that his government is unconstitutional. “We hope you will be the chief minister but there is no guarantee of that. You are with the rebels, can you give a stable government? It’s impossible!” he said.

Two of the 17 disqualified MLAs, on the other hand, want the Supreme Court to examine Speaker’s decision. All the disqualified MLAs were associated with the rebellion against the Congress-JD(S) government headed by H D Kumaraswamy and were expecting to be inducted into the BJP cabinet. The disqualification bars the legislators from contesting Assembly polls for the term of the current Assembly — 46 more months unless mid-term polls are called — and also bars them from holding constitutional posts during this period.

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Karnataka Floor Test LIVE updates: BJP leader and Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa won the trust vote today in the Assembly. Follow the latest news

12:37 (IST)29 Jul 2019
Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar announces resignation

Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar announces resignation. The 69-year-old who represents Congress from Srinivasapura constituency in Kolar gave his farewell speech soon after Yediyurappa won the floor test. 

12:16 (IST)29 Jul 2019
BSY wins trust vote

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday proved his majority in the Assembly winning the confidence motion by a voice vote.

With the numbers game favouring the BJP government, the Congress and JDS did not press for division on the one-line motion moved by Yediyurappa that the House expresses confidence in his three-day old Ministry. As the Opposition did not press for division, the Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar declared that the motion had been passed by a voice vote.

11:35 (IST)29 Jul 2019
BSY government unconstitutional, lacks people's mandate: Siddaramaiah

"Unfortunately, Yediyurappa has never been CM with people's mandate. Where's the mandate? You didn't have it in 2008, 2018 or even now. When he took oath there were 222 MLAs in House, where did BJP have 112 MLAs for the majority? They had 105 seats. That is not a mandate. We hope you (BS Yediyurappa) will be the chief minister but there is no guarantee of that. You are with the rebels, can you give a stable government? It's impossible! I oppose this confidence motion because the reason is this government is unconstitutional and immoral," says Siddaramaiah 

11:26 (IST)29 Jul 2019
Wish BSY well: Siddaramaiah

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said there was no administration paralysis in the last government and that the coalition worked towards bringing to force common minimum program. Wishing the new CM well, he said, "We discussed HD Kumaraswamy's confidence motion over 4 days. I too participated in that and I don't wish to speak about it. I could've spoken about circumstances under which Yediyurappa became CM. I wish him well and welcome his assurance that he'll work for people. We're elected to work for people and we must try to do that. I attempted this as CM and so did HD Kumaraswamy.

11:15 (IST)29 Jul 2019
Love people who oppose me as well: B S Yediyurappa

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah as well as JP Nadda, the CM said, "Forget and forgive is something I believe in. I love people who oppose me as well. I want to thank Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and JP Nadda."

11:13 (IST)29 Jul 2019
Yediyurappamoves trust vote

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has moved the confidence motion in the Assembly. "When Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy were CMs they didn't indulge in vindictive politics. Admin has failed and we will set it right. I assure the House that we won't indulge in vindictive politics either. I believe in forget and forgive," he said in the Assembly, news agency ANI reported

11:06 (IST)29 Jul 2019
Disqualified MLAs to approach SC questioning Speaker's decision

Two disqualified MLAs from Karnataka - Ramesh L. Jarkhiholi & Mahesh Kumathallu - want Supreme Court to examine Assembly Speaker’s July 25 order rejecting their resignations & disqualifying them

10:32 (IST)29 Jul 2019
BSY reaches Assembly ahead of floor test

B S Yediyurappa has reached Karnataka Assembly. Meanwhile, the Congress legislative party (CLP) meeting begins at Vidhana soudha. CLP leader Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dinesh Gundu Rao, KJ George, Priyank Kharge, MB Patil, Eshwar Khandre and and other Congress MLAs are present.

09:34 (IST)29 Jul 2019
Only three CMs completed full term in history of Karnataka

Only three chief ministers — all from the Congress — have been able to complete their full five-year term in the history of Karnataka. S Nijalingappa (1962-68), D Devaraja Urs (1972-77) and Siddaramaiah (2013-2018) were the chief ministers who had completed their full term. No chief minister from the BJP and Kumaraswamy’s JD(S) could manage to complete the full term in Karnataka.

09:16 (IST)29 Jul 2019
Five disqualified Congress MLAs return to Bengaluru

Five disqualified Congress MLAs returned to Bengaluru. The rebels were camping in Mumbai after they tendered their resignations.

08:54 (IST)29 Jul 2019
“100 per cent I will prove my majority,” says Yediyurappa on Karnataka trust vote

A day ahead of seeking the trust vote in the Karnataka assembly, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday expressed confidence about proving the majority. He also said that the finance bill prepared by the previous Congress-JD(S) government would be tabled by him in the assembly on Monday, without any changes.

“On Monday hundred per cent I will prove the majority,” Yediyurappa told reporters. The finance bill (appropriation bill) needs to be passed “urgently”, as otherwise “we will not be able to draw funds even to pay salaries,” he said. “So tomorrow after moving the confidence motion, we will first take up the finance bill. I have not even changed a comma or full stop in it. I will be tabling the finance bill prepared by the (previous) Congress-JD(S) government,” he added.

08:43 (IST)29 Jul 2019
Karnataka floor test: How are the numbers stacked

The BJP, which formed a one-man government headed by B S Yediyurappa on July 26 after the Congress-JD(S) government lost the trust vote, now has a clear majority of 105 legislators, apart from the support of one Independent MLA. The Congress strength is down to 67 and the JD(S) to 34; the House also has one BSP MLA.

08:42 (IST)29 Jul 2019

Welcome to The Indian Express live blog on Karnataka floor test. The newly sworn-in Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Monday will face a crucial trust vote as he fights to prove his majority in the state Assembly. Follow this space to track the latest news

Karnataka state Governor Vajubhai Vala, right, administers the oath of office to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader B.S. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister (AP)

The political crisis in Karnataka erupted after 17 MLAs Congress-JD(S) tendered their resignations to the Speaker. The mass resignations led to the collapse of 14 months-old Kumaraswamy-led government. Many of the MLAs were allegedly convinced to resign by BJP leaders with the assurance that they would not face disqualification. The BJP had staked claim to power after the ruling Congress-JDS coalition government failed the trust vote last week.

After the disqualification of 17 rebels (14 on Sunday and 3 last week) by Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh, the strength of the House is reduced to 208 (including the Speaker). The magic figure required for majority is 104. BJP, along with the support of one Independent MLA, has 106 seats - putting Yediyurappa on safe ground, for now.

In a press conference Sunday, Speaker K R Ramesh announced the disqualification of rebel MLAs. “With responsibility and fear, I have taken this decision,” PTI quoted him as saying. “The way I am being pressurised mentally as Speaker to deal with all these things, I am pushed into a sea of depression,” he said. “I have used my judicial conscience,” he said.

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A PTI report quoted JD(S) rebel Vishwanath A H as saying that the decision was “against the law”, and they would all approach the Supreme Court on Monday for redressal. The BJP promised assistance to the rebel MLAs in fighting their case in the courts.

Yediyurappa (76), Chief Minister for the fourth time, was sworn in as the only member of the BJP government at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan which top state BJP leaders attended. No central party leaders, however, were at the ceremony other than recently appointed BJP national organising secretary B L Santhosh. The Congress and JD(S) boycotted the swearing-in.

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The BJP’s move to stake claim to form the government despite lacking a clear majority in the current House was greeted by barbs from the Congress and JD(S) of subversion of constitutional norms by the Governor and the BJP. “

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