Karnataka Floor Test Result Highlights: After the fall of the Congress-JD(S) government on Monday, BJP sources said the party’s state chief B S Yeddyurappa is likely to stake claim on Wednesday. The swearing-in ceremony is likely to be held on Thursday.
The HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) government failed to survive trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday. “HD Kumaraswamy has failed the confidence vote, with 99 voting for the government while 105 members have voted against the government,” Speaker KR Ramesh said. The trust vote was necessitated after 15 MLAs resigned, plunging the government to a minority.
Ahead of the trust vote, Section 144 was imposed in Bengaluru for the next 48 hours following clashes between Congress and BJP workers. The workers from the parties indulged into a brawl after some from the ruling coalition allegedly tried to take away the two independents to make them participate in the trust vote the deadline of which was fixed at 6 pm.
Earlier in the day, Supreme Court had adjourned till Wednesday the hearing on a plea filed by two Independent Karnataka MLAs, seeking holding of the floor test “forthwith” in the state Assembly. The court’s decision was taken after the counsel for Karnataka Speaker told the court that the trust vote may “most likely happen today or tomorrow.” The MLAs who withdrew support to the ruling coalition had sought direction to the ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition government to conduct the floor test on or before 5 pm on Monday.
Karnataka floor test Highlights: The trust vote was necessitated after 15 MLAs resigned, plunging the government to a minority. Read in Bangla
Greed won today, democracy, honesty lost: Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi,Congress:From its first day,the Cong-JDS alliance in Karnataka was a target for vested interests,both within&outside,who saw the alliance as a threat&an obstacle in their path to power.Their greed won today. Democracy, honesty&the people of Karnataka lost.(File pic) pic.twitter.com/F0s3CFBbP1— ANI (@ANI) July 23, 2019
Watch | BJP MLA dances after coalition govt falls
Karnataka BJP MLA Renukacharya dances with supporters outside the Ramada Hotel in Bengaluru. HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) government lost trust vote in the assembly, today.
#WATCH Karnataka BJP MLA Renukacharya dances with supporters outside the Ramada Hotel in Bengaluru. HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) government lost trust vote in the assembly, today. pic.twitter.com/6MBQNgzg4R— ANI (@ANI) July 23, 2019
Rebel MLAs seek four weeks time from Speaker on disqualification plea
The 15 rebel MLAs of the Congress and the JD(S) have sought four weeks' time to appear before speaker K R Ramesh Kumar in connection with the plea for their disqualification from the State Assembly. "Yes, we have sought four weeks' time from the speaker. We have approached the speaker through our advocate," Hunsur JD(S) MLA A H Vishwanath told PTI.
In their letter, whose contents are identical, the disgruntled MLAs, 13 of whom are camping in a Mumbai hotel, said a petition has been filed under Schedule-10 of the Constitution, by the party, seeking their disqualification. They added that they were not in receipt of the copy of the petition or the documents annexed to it. Stating they have learnt that their presence has been sought by Wednesday, the MLAs reminded the speaker that at least seven days time should be given to present their case. Read more...
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, which saw the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government losing the confidence motion in the Assembly on Tuesday after just 14 months in power. S Nijalingappa (1962-68), D Devaraja Urs (1972-77) and Siddaramaiah (2013-2018) were the chief ministers who had completed their full term. Read more...
Kumaraswamy thanks people, colleagues, legislators for cooperation during his tenure
Kumaraswamy thanked people of the state, cabinet colleagues, all legislators and officers for the cooperation and support during his 14-month tenure as chief minister.
Met Hon'ble Governor Vajubhai Vala and tendered my resignation. I profusely thank the people of the state, cabinet colleagues, all legislators and officers for the cooperation and support extended during my 14 month stint as Chief Minister.— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) July 23, 2019
BJP to hold legislature party meet shorty, says Yeddyurappa
BJP Karnataka President, BS Yeddyurappa said, "I will discuss with Prime Minister & our President Amit Shah ji, afterwards I will go & meet Governor. We are going to have a legislature party meet now." (ANI)
Yeddyurappa likely to stake claim tomorrow
Former chief minister and BJP leader Yeddyurappa is likely to stake claim to form the government on Wednesday. The swearing-in is likely on July 25.
'Congress to hold protests against immoral, brazen destabilisation of govt by BJP'
Congress party to hold nation-wide protests against the immoral, blatant and brazen political destabilization carried out by the Bharatiya Janata Party, said Congress' K C Venugopal.
Violation of whip attracts disqualification of rebel MLAs: Siddramaiah
Siddaramaiah said, "15-16 of our MLAs violated the whip by abstaining from the House during trust vote, thereby, it is a clear violation of Schedule 10 (of the Constitution) and attracts disqualification." (ANI)
Governor Vajubhai Bala accepts Kumaraswamy's resignation
Governor accepts Kumaraswamy's resignation from the chief minister's post. (ANI)
BSP MLA N Mahesh expelled from party for not taking part in trust vote: Mayawati
Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) MLA to Karnataka Assembly N Mahesh has been expelled from his party for allegedly not abiding by the directions of the party high commission to be present in the Karnatak Assembly during the trust vote, party chief Mayawati said Tuesday. She said not by not following the high commission's directions, he has flouted the norms of the party and hence has been expelled from the party with immediate effect.
कर्नाटक में कुमारस्वामी सरकार के समर्थन में वोट देने के पार्टी हाईकमान के निर्देश का उल्लंघन करके बीएसपी विधायक एन महेश आज विश्वास मत में अनुपस्थित रहे जो अनुशासनहीनता है जिसे पार्टी ने अति गंभीरता से लिया है और इसलिए श्री महेश को तत्काल प्रभाव से पार्टी से निष्कासित कर दिया गया।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) July 23, 2019
BJP misused central agencies for blackmailing and horse-trading MLAs: AICC
"BJP facilitated this dirty-dealing political drama by offering a huge amount of black money and ministerial berths to the defected MLAs. Along with this, the BJP also misused central agencies like enforcement and income tax for blackmailing and horse-trading. BJP has carried out one of the biggest political subversion and hawala transaction to destabilise the coalition government in Karnataka," said AICC.
One of the most henious poltical horse-tradings: AICC
The subversion of the coalition government in Karnataka carried out by the BJP is one of the most heinous political horse tradings the country has ever witnessed, AICC General Secretary In-charge of Karnataka, K C Venugopal said in his statement. "The coalition government was subverted by the nefarious joint efforts of the Central government, governor, state government of Maharashtra and BJP leadership," he said.
Betrayal of our party legislators responsible for defeat: H K Patil
Congress leader HK Patil said the coalition faced was because of betrayal of their party legislators. "This defeat is because of betrayal of our party legislators, we have come under the influence of various things... People of Karnataka will not tolerate this type of betrayal to the party," he said. (ANI)
HD Kumaraswamy seeks appointment of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala
After the coalition government lost the trust vote on Tuesday HD Kumaraswamy sought an appointment with Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala.
HD Kumaraswamy, JD(S) seeks appointment of Karnataka Governor, Vajubhai Vala. Kumaraswamy led Congress- JD(S) coalition government lost trust vote in the assembly today. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/JpB0iqfI6L— ANI (@ANI) July 23, 2019
Floor test result a victory of democracy: Yeddyurappa
Yeddyurappa said it is a victory of democracy. "People were fed up with Kumaraswamy government. I want to assure people of Karnataka that a new era of development will start now," ANI quoted him as saying. "We assure the farmers that we will give more importance to them in the coming days. We will take an appropriate decision at the soonest," he added.
End of a corrupt and unholy alliance: Karnataka BJP
End of a corrupt and unholy alliance, tweets Karnataka BJP after qualifying the floor test.
It’s the victory of people of Karnataka.— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) July 23, 2019
It’s the end of an era of corrupt & unholy alliance.
We promise a stable & able governance to the people of Karnataka.
Together we will make Karnataka prosperous again ✌🏽
Kumaraswamy loses majority
BS Yeddyurappa and other BJP MLAs show victory sign after winning the trust vote. HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) coalition government loses trust vote to BJP by securing 99 votes while BJP got 105.
BS Yeddyurappa & other Karnataka BJP MLAs show victory sign in the Assembly, after HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) coalition government loses trust vote. pic.twitter.com/hmkGHL151z— ANI (@ANI) July 23, 2019
Kumaraswamy-led coalition loses trust vote in Karnataka Assembly
"99 votes for the government. While 105 members have voted against the government, HD Kumaraswamy has failed the confidence vote," Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar confirms after counting the votes.
Officials tallying votes
Voting has ended. Numbers are expected any minute from now. Counting of votes taking place.
Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh said he will vote only if there is a tie
Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh said he will vote only if there is a tie. Voting underway at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.
Votes counted now
The legislators are counted row by row. Deputy Speaker's vote counted. Speaker says though he has the right to cast the vote, he doesn't want to participate in the vote.
Bell for trust vote rung in Vidhana Soudha. Voting to begin in two minutes
Bell for trust vote rung in Vidhana Soudha. Voting to begin in two minutes. Doors of the Assembly closed.
Had kept my resignation ready in my pocket: Karnataka Speaker
Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar said I had kept my resignation ready in my pocket and come to the assembly not knowing what will happen today.
Am ready to happily sacrifice my position: Kumaraswamy
Karnataka Chief Minister H Kumaraswamy Tuesday said he was ready to "sacrifice" his post happily, as he replied to the confidence motion debate in the assembly "I am ready to happily sacrifice this position, Kumaraswamy said after the assembly debated the confidence motion for four days.
He also said he had no intention to drag the trust vote and added, "I apologise to the Speaker and the people of the state." Kumaraswamy also said discussions were on why he had not resigned and was sticking to the chair.
Karnataka CM @hd_kumaraswamy apologises for the delay and the 'shameful' events that unfolded in Vidhana Soudha during the last two weeks. "I had no intention to drag the trust vote, I apologise to the Speaker and people of the state, he said. #KarnatakaTrustVote @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/LJdeWC2Vj2— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) July 23, 2019
Defection of MLAs is wholesale trade: Siddaramaiah
Siddaramaiah slammed the rebel MLAs for defecting in exchange of money and said their "political samadhi" would be built. "Rs 25 crore, 30 crore, 50 crore, where is this money coming from? They(rebel MLAs) will be disqualified. Their political 'samadhi' will be built. Whoever defected since 2013 lost. The same fate awaits those who have resigned this time. It should happen," ANI quoted him as saying. Reming the poaching "a wholesale trade", he said, "If there is retail trade of one or two members then it's not a problem. The MLAs (rebel) who have gone have indulged in wholesale trade."
Section 144 imposed in Bengaluru for 48 hours
Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar said they have imposed Section 144 in Bengaluru for the next two days. "Today and tomorrow we are imposing Section 144 across the city. All pubs, wine shops will be closed till 25th. If anyone is found violating these rules, they will be punished," ANI quoted him as saying.
#KarnatakaFloorTest— Darshan Devaiah B P (@DarshanDevaiahB) July 23, 2019
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code imposed in Bengaluru by City Police Commissioner Alok Kumar for 48 hours. All bars, pubs and liquor shops to be closed till 25th July across the city. @IndianExpress @IEBengaluru @IExpressSouth @BlrCityPolice pic.twitter.com/zRF9sjspqc
BJP accuses Kumaraswamy of wasting tax payers' money
The BJP on Tuesday accused Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy of using his position to "waste" the taxpayers' money till the last second. As Kumaraswamy came in late to the state assembly on Friday, debating on the confidence motion moved by him the BJP took the Twitter to send him a message.
"Session for #KarnatakaTrustVote has begun. But CM @hd_kumaraswamy is resting at his Taj West end hotel. His message is clear. He will continue to loot & waste tax payers money to the very last second as CM. He & his party will be answerable to Kannadigas very soon," the tweet said.
SC takes note of Karnataka Speaker's submission that trust vote likely today
The Supreme Court Court on Tuesday took note of the submissions of Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar that voting on the trust motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is likely to be concluded by this evening.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi considered the submission of senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the Speaker. (PTI)
Have got every right to issue whip under Constitution: Siddramaiah
During the resumed debate on the motion of confidence moved by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, Yeddyurappa told Siddaramaiah, the Congress Legislature Party leader, that the whip he has issued against the rebel MLAs has no value. "My understanding of the law is that the Supreme Court has given protection to the (rebel) MLAs from the whip. They cannot be compelled to attend the assembly proceedings. Whether you agree with me or not but your whip has no value," the BJP veteran told Siddaramaiah.
However, Siddaramaiah countered him saying the apex court has not barred him from issuing whip and the Speaker of the assembly has upheld his right "Supreme court has not told me not to issue whip. I have got every right to issue whip under the Constitution. It has been upheld by the Speaker," he said. (PTI)
Bring them (rebel MLAs) here, let them vote against this government, says D K Shivakumar
Bring them (rebel MLAs) here, let them vote against this government, says D K Shivakumar.
DK Shivakumar, Congress, in Vidhana Soudha: Yes I was the reason MTB Nagaraj got a ticket. We spoke to him and he gave a statement as well. Couldn't we have locked them up? No, because we have trust in them. Bring them here, let them vote against this government. pic.twitter.com/heDBeplbCx— ANI (@ANI) July 23, 2019
BJP is misusing the legislature and judiciary: Sa Ra Mahesh
"BJP is misusing the legislature and judiciary, no one can pacify the disgruntled. The BJP too will face the same problem," said Tourism Minister, Sa Ra Mahesh in the assembly.
Not BJP, but rebel MLAs have back stabbed me, says Shivakumar
Addressing Karnataka Assembly, Congress leader DK Shivakumar said, "It's not BJP leaders who have back-stabbed me but it's the rebels in Mumbai who have back-stabbed me. But, do not worry, they will do the same to all of you. They cannot become Ministers I'm telling you. BJP leaders are being misguided. I went to Mumbai to speak to them (rebel MLAs). I spoke to one of the MLAs there and he asked me to come and take him away."
Rebel MLAs lawyer meet Speaker
Lawyers of the rebel MLAs met Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar at his chamber in Vidhana Soudha today. A delegation from the Congress party also met the Speaker.
Near empty treasury benches in Karnataka, Speaker expresses displeasure
Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday expressed displeasure over near-empty treasury benches as the House took up the debate on Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's motion of confidence for the fourth day running. "Should this be the fate of the speaker or the assembly," Kumar asked minister Priyank Kharge. "You will lose credibility, leave alone strength," he told him.
We are living in the land of Basavanna: DK Shivakumar
Speaking in the Karnataka assembly, Congress leader and Minister DK Shivakumar said, "We are living in the land of Basavanna. I have seen many debates but now we’re being shown in a bad frame. We should stick to our ideologies."
SC adjourns hearing of two Independent MLAs plea to tomorrow
The Supreme Court Court on Tuesday took note of the submissions of Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar that the voting on the trust motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is likely to be concluded by this evening. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi considered the submission of senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the Speaker. It adjourned hearing till Wednesday on the plea of two independent MLAs seeking a direction to the speaker to forthwith conduct the floor-test in the House
BJP maintains a facade of distance, but its prints all over Karnataka row
In the past fortnight, the BJP’s hand in moving 13 Congress-JD(S) rebels, and two Independents who were ministers in the coalition, to Mumbai, has been evident on various fronts — state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa’s secretary N R Santhosh was spotted by Karnataka televisions cameras while helping rebels board chartered flights to Mumbai.
The real window into the BJP’s game plan to topple the coalition came in February when Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy used the services of Sharanagouda Kandakur, the son of a JD(S) MLA, to trap Yeddyurappa while making a defection offer. “We are taking 20 people on board. We will make around 12 people who join us ministers and around eight people chairmen of corporations. Those whom we make ministers, we will give Rs 10 crore,” Yeddyurappa was heard saying in the JD(S) sting tapes.
Kanataka trust vote: Timeline of the political drama in Assembly
Congress-JDS government isn't a people's govt: BJP leader
Expressing confidence of toppling the Kumaraswamy government, BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje told ANI, "They don't have the numbers. They're a minority govt. MLAs are in Mumbai. They don't want to come. Let's see what happens by this evening. Confident that this govt will definitely go. This isn't a people's govt. People are upset,MLAs are upset."