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Karnataka floor test highlights: Speaker adjourns house, says trust vote by 6 pm Tuesday

While the Opposition BJP has 105 MLAs in the House and the support of two Independents, the ruling coalition has 101 MLAs on its side on paper

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy with his deputy G Parameshwara during Assembly Session at Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka floor test highlights: Setting a new deadline of 6 pm Tuesday to complete the vote, Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Monday adjourned the house. Earlier in the day, Speaker K R Ramesh had expressed his discontent over wasting time in the name of discussion. “People are watching. In the name of discussion, if an opinion is created that we are wasting time, it won’t be right on my part or anybody else’s,” he had said.

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Amid the ongoing chaos in the Assembly by the BJP leaders, a letter, that appeared to be that of the resignation of Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy, surfaced on Monday and was circulated on social media spreading rumours of the chief minister putting down his papers. However, terming it a “cheap level of publicity”, Kumaraswamy said the letter was fake and his signature had been forged. “I got the information that I have tendered my resignation to the governor. I don’t know who is waiting to become the CM. Someone has forged my signature and spread the same on social media. I’m shocked at the cheap level of publicity,” news agency ANI quoted the CM as saying.

The Supreme Court, meanwhile, refused to give an early hearing to the plea of two Independent Karnataka MLAs seeking directions to the Speaker to conclude the floor test before 5 pm today. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “Impossible. We have never done this before. Tomorrow we may see to it.”

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23:39 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Congress' R V Deshpande appeals to Yeddyuruppa to adjourn House for the day, Speaker rejects

Senior Congress leader RV Deshpande appealed to BJP's BS Yeddyurappa to let the House be adjourned for the day. But Speaker Ramesh rejected his appeal saying that he has to keep his promise that he made on Friday that the process of confidence motion would be completed today.

23:29 (IST)22 Jul 2019
We've an incumbent ruling and outgoing ruling party, says Speaker Ramesh trying to bring House back in order

Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh tries to bring the House back in order. He says, "This is a question of the survival of a ruling government. There is no ruling and opposition party here. Instead, we have an incumbent ruling (party) and an outgoing ruling (party) here. This is the problem. In a parliamentary democracy, if there were to be a clear distinction between a ruling party and an opposition party, it is very easy for a Speaker to arrive at a decision. (But), we have reached a very difficult state. My only misfortune is (that) I am presiding over these proceedings."

23:06 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Congress' U T Khader says not ready for trust vote; BJP MLAs requests speaker to count votes

"Whatever it may be, we are not ready for a vote of confidence today. It is practically and humanly not possible," Urban Development minister UT Khader says, to which BJP MLAs reply, "We are ready." Legislators from the opposition raise hands and requests deputy speaker to count the votes. Ruckus continues in Vidhana Soudha.

22:40 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Debate in Karnataka Assembly over whether to coninue session after dinner

Karnataka Assembly still active. Ruckus in the House as legislators debate whether to continue session after dinner or resume tomorrow morning. "We can even start tomorrow at 9 am, many of us including BJP's B S Yeddyurappa are diabetic patients," Congress MLAs.

22:35 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Congress-JD(S) coalition government 'unholy': C T Ravi

Terming the Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka 'unholy', BJP's C T Ravi said if leaders of the coalition, who are now willing to speaking on confidence motion, had worked for people, they wouldn't have had to prove their government's majority in the assembly. 

22:22 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Speaker has given time to rebel MLAs till 11 am tomorrow: D K Shivakumar

Congress' D K Shivakumar said Speaker has served notice to rebel MLAs, giving them time till 11 am Tuesday. "BJP is trying to convince them that they won't be disqualified & they will be made ministers. As per Constitution of India, you can't be made a member once you're disqualified," he added.

21:55 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Kumaraswamy says fake letter being circulated on his resignation

"I got information that I have tendered my resignation to the Governor. I don't know who is waiting to become CM. Someone has forged my signature & spread the same on social media. I'm shocked at the cheap level of publicity," said CM HD Kumaraswamy.

21:38 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Kumaraswamy's resignation letter fake: Karnataka CMO

A letter was seen to be kept on the table of CM H D Kumaraswamy at Vidhana Soudha, appearing to be his resignation letter. Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said the letter is fake.

21:30 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Don't push me to take a decision without asking you: Speaker K R Ramesh

Replying to HK Patil's statement, Speaker K R Ramesh says, "Don't push me to a point where I'll have to take a decision without asking you. The consequences will be disastrous."

21:28 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Debating over confidence motion right only after Supreme Court takes a decision: Congress' HK Patil

Congress MLA  HK Patil says speaking and debating over confidence motion will be right only after Supreme Court takes a decision Tuesday.  "After the Supreme Court takes a decision tomorrow, then it'll be right to speak and debate on this issue," he said. 

21:23 (IST)22 Jul 2019
‘Didn’t eat biryani’, says Kumaraswamy on photo with IMA scam accused

Amid allegations by the BJP that he had a role in the escape of IMA ponzi scam accused Mohammed Mansoor Khan, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Monday said he “did not eat biryani” with him. Kumaraswamy’s response came in an apparent reference to a picture of him purportedly showing sharing a meal with Khan. Read more...

21:14 (IST)22 Jul 2019
BS Yeddyurappa seeks to go ahead with confidence motion

BS Yeddyurappa says, " We didn't protest when they (Congress-JDS) were speaking. Siddaramaiah,CM&you(Speaker)promised floor test on Monday. When our chief Whip was called,we stated we'll be here till late night till all debates conclude.Please allow us to go ahead with confidence motion."

21:12 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Discussion underway in Assembly on when to hold trust vote

Discussion is underway in the Assembly on when to hold the trust vote.

21:01 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Kumaraswamy holding CM's post unconstitutionally: BJP

Kumaraswamy is holding the post of chief minister unconstitutionally, tweets BJP.

21:00 (IST)22 Jul 2019
CM promised to finish it (trust vote) today, will be in House till 12 am: Yeddyurappa

BJP's BS Yeddyurappa said, "CM had promised that he will finish it (trust vote) today and prove the majority today. Now I've spoken to Sunil, the chief whip, over finishing it today. We will be in the house till 12 am," ANI reported.

20:55 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Karnataka assembly session resumes after 2-hour break.

Karnataka assembly session resumes after 2-hour break. During the break, the Speaker held two rounds of meeting — one each with BJP and Congress-JD(S) MLAs.

20:38 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Karnataka Speaker holds a meeting with CM Kumaraswamy and other leaders of Congress-JD(S) alliance

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar holds a meeting with Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, Karnataka Deputy CM G Parameshwara, Sa Ra Mahesh (JDS), Krishna Byre Gowda (Congress) & Siddaramaiah (Congress), in his chamber at Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru.

19:16 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Karnataka Speaker holds meeting with BJP leaders

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar holds a meeting with BJP leaders-Sunil Kumar, Basavaraj Bommai, CT Ravi & JDS leaders-Sa Ra Mahesh, HD Revanna, Bandeppa Kashempur, in his chamber at Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru.

19:07 (IST)22 Jul 2019
Floor test being delayed on one pretext or other: Advocate of independent MLAs

At the outset, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the MLAs, said that he has filed a new petition in the Karnataka matter and it be heard either during the day or tomorrow on urgent basis.
"The floor test is being delayed on one pretext or the other," he said.
He said when the Congress-JD(S) coalition can take orders for holding of floor test earlier, then same order can be issued now.
The bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said, "Impossible (to list today). We have never done this before. Tomorrow we may see to it." (PTI)

18:56 (IST)22 Jul 2019
SC to hear on Tuesday plea of 2 independent MLAs for immediate floor test

The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday a fresh plea of two Independent Karnataka MLAs seeking holding of the floor test "forthwith" in the state Assembly on the trust motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Monday declined to hear during the day the plea by R Shankar and H Nagesh.
"On mentioning, the matter is taken on board. List the matter tomorrow before the appropriate bench as per the roster," the bench, also comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said in its order. (PTI)

Karnataka BJP president BS Yeddyurappa holds a meeting with party MLAs at a resort in Bengaluru on Sunday. (PTI)

The Congress-JDS alliance, which is on the brink of collapse in Karnataka, held emergency meetings over the weekend and made last-ditch attempts to woo back the rebel MLAs. But the MLAs, few of whom are camping in Mumbai, sent out a video message saying they would not budge from their decision to resign and withdraw support to the coalition.

The confidence motion was moved on Thursday but the vote did not take place despite two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala.  Stung by the resignation of 15 MLAs, the strength of Kumaraswamy government in the 225-member Assembly will likely slip to 102 MLAs. In comparison, the opposition BJP has 105 MLAs and the support of two Independents. In a relief for the government, BSP chief Mayawati has directed her party's lone one legislator in Karnataka to side with the alliance.

Despite their numbers not adding up to a majority, members of the coalition have insisted that the government will win the trust vote. “We are confident that we will be able to save the government,” JD(S) MLA D C Gowrishankar said.

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"We thought this government will do good to the state but it did not happen. There is no question of our attending the assembly session tomorrow," rebel JD(S) MLA K Gopalaiah said in a video, flanked by ten other legislators. A H Vishwanath, who resigned as the JD(S) state president following the Lok Sabha election debacle, said "the demonic politics in the name of the coalition has done no good to the people and compelled the MLAs to resign."

BJP state chief B S Yeddyurappa said, “Kumaraswamy has been saying he does not want to stick on to the chief minister’s chair. In the past three days, it has been apparent to the people of Karnataka the extent to which he is stuck to the chief minister’s chair.”

 

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