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Karnataka floor test Highlights: Guv asks CM to prove majority by noon

Karnataka floor test highlights: During the House proceedings today, Congress and BJP were engaged in a war of words over the trust vote. While Congress alleged that the BJP had "abducted" one of its MLA, the saffron party said that the coalition wanted to postpone the floor test. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 19, 2019 12:40:12 am
karnataka floor test live updates: trust vote for congress jds government against bjp Karnataka floor test highlights: Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy after offering prayers in Bengaluru on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Karnataka floor test Highlights: The Kumaraswamy-led JDS-Congress government in Karnataka, which is on the brink of collapse after mass resignations, will not face a trust vote Thursday as the Assembly was adjourned till Friday. In protest, the BJP has begun an overnight ‘dharna’ demanding a response from Speaker K R Ramesh over Governor Vajubhai Vala’s letter.

After a delegation of BJP leaders met Governor over the delay in holding the floor test, Vajubhai Vala had sent a letter to the Speaker asking him to complete the trust vote proceedings by the end of the day.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy had moved a confidence motion earlier in the day. Speaking on the floor of the House, Kumaraswamy hit out at the 15 rebel MLAs — 12 Congress and three JD(S) — for making “false allegations” against his “stable government” in the Supreme Court.

During the House proceedings today, Congress and BJP were engaged in a war of words over the trust vote. While Congress alleged that the BJP had “abducted” one of its MLA, the saffron party said that the coalition wanted to postpone the floor test.

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On being asked to clarify the apex court’s order on whips, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar said he would not restrain parties from “exercising any authority”. The Speaker, however, is yet to decide on their resignations, as allowed by the SC. The bench headed by the Chief Justice of India, however, had Wednesday ordered that the MLAs should not be “compelled” to attend proceedings. He is currently meeting legal experts to decide his next move.

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Karnataka floor test live updates: The Assembly was adjourned today without any trust vote. Upset BJP has started a protest in the Assembly. Here's the latest news.

23:57 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Former CM Yeddyurappa sleeps at the Vidhana Soudha

Former CM Yeddyurappa sleeps at the Vidhana Soudha

23:46 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa at the Vidhana Soudha

Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa at the Vidhana Soudha

23:19 (IST)18 Jul 2019
BJP leaders stage overnight dharna

BJP leaders stage overnight 'dharna' at Vidhana Soudha

22:27 (IST)18 Jul 2019
On protest, BJP leaders have dinner in Assembly
21:13 (IST)18 Jul 2019
BJP MLA Prabhu Chavan arrives at Vidhana Soudha for overnight dharna
21:09 (IST)18 Jul 2019
We respect SC, not helping anyone: BJP MLA madhu Swamy
20:50 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Guv asks CM to prove majority by tomorrow

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has written a letter to Chief Minister Kumaraswamy asking him to prove majority on the floor of the assembly by 1:30 pm tomorrow, reported news agency ANI. 

20:45 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Will be back to Bengaluru, once I recover: MLA Patil
19:16 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Congress seeks security for 'abducted' MLA Patil, writes to Bengaluru Police

Meanwhile,  Congress has written to  Bengaluru Police Commissioner seeking protection for Shrimant Patil. The party has alleged that the MLA has been 'abducted' by the BJP. 

19:04 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Breach of constitutional framework, we will stay until the trust vote is decided: BSY on no trust vote today

Before the House was adjourned, BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa declared that his party members would stay put in the House itself overnight and even till the time the trust vote was decided. He said the confidence motion was not even discussed properly for 15 minutes and other issues were brought in by the ruling coalition members to delay the trust vote. "There has been a breach of the constitutional framework," he said, adding that it was unparalleled. "To protest against this, we will sleep here itself," Yeddyurappa said. "We will stay until the trust vote is decided," Yeddyurappa declared.

18:55 (IST)18 Jul 2019
BJP sits on overnight dharna demanding Speaker's response on Governor's letter

"Our MLAs will sit on an over night 'dharna' in the state assembly demanding that the Speaker replies to the Governor's letter and holds a floor test," the BJP said in a tweet

18:49 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Karnataka Assembly session adjourned

Karnataka Assembly session adjourned till 11 am tomorrow. The state BJP unit has decided to stay and protest in the house overnight till the Assembly reconvenes tomorrow.

The House was adjourned by Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy as the Congress members persistently shouted slogans against the BJP as the proceedings wore on with Kumaraswamy yet to make his speech on the motion.

17:59 (IST)18 Jul 2019
BSY urges Speaker to hold trust vote today, says will stay even if it's midnight

Leader of Opposition B.S. Yeddyurappa appeals to the Speaker to complete the motion of confidence and put to vote by the end of the day. Even if it's by midnight, we are ready, he said, reported news agency ANI. 

17:47 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Speaker seeks legal advice on whip issue

Speaker K R Ramesh has left the House to meet up with the advocate general to seek legal advice on the issue of whip imposed by Congress and JD(S) to rebel MLAs. The BJP has protested the move, demanding an immediate trust vote. 

17:27 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Congress objects to Karnataka Governor's interference in trust vote proceedings

Congress members of the house object to the interference of the Governor in the proceedings of the house. They found fault with the BJP for trying to seek the intervention of the Governor in the working of the house. The speaker, however, intervened to say that the opposition had the right to meet the Governor and ask him to act on some issue. However, it is up to him to finally decide on the matter. He would be influenced by anyone on the matter.

17:11 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Karnataka Guv steps in: Hold trust vote by end of the day

After the BJP leaders sought Governor's intervention, Vajubhai Vala has requested the Speaker to hold the floor test by the end of the day. "The motion of confidence moved by the CM of Karnataka is in consideration before the house today. The CM is expected to maintain the confidence of his house during all times of his tenure. I, therefore, send this message to the House to consider completing the process by the end of the day. This according to me, will uphold the highest traditions of democracy and parliamentary practice," the Governor's message to Speaker K R Ramesh read.

The Speaker reads out the message in the House.

16:46 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Governor Vajubhai Vala's special officer reaches Karnataka Assembly to witness trust vote proceedings

After a delegation of BJP leaders met Vajubhai Vala over delay in the trust vote, the governor has sent a special officer to the assembly to witness the proceedings

16:46 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Governor Vajubhai Vala's special officer reaches Karnataka Assembly to witness trust vote proceedings

After a delegation of BJP leaders met Vajubhai Vala over delay in the trust vote, the governor has sent a special officer to the assembly to witness the proceedings

16:42 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Karnataka Congress MLA Shrimant Patil shifted to another hospital in Mumbai

Karnataka Congress MLA Shrimant Patil, who was admitted in Mumbai hospital after chest pain, has been shifted to Mumbai's St. George Hospital from Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Centre for further treatment.

16:28 (IST)18 Jul 2019
Kumarswamy govt disrespecting the Constitution in its greed for power: BJP

Amid the delay in the trust vote debate, the BJP hit out at Congress-JDS alliance saying it has lost the majority and is "disrespecting the Constitution in its greed for power."

karnataka floor test live updates: trust vote for congress jds government against bjp Karnataka floor test live updates: Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and his deputy G Parameshwara with other members during the Assembly session at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, Monday, July 15, 2019. (PTI Photo: Shailendra Bhojak)

Karnataka floor test today live updates:

The Supreme Court Wednesday left it open to the Speaker to decide on the resignations of the rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs but also ordered that the MLAs should not be “compelled” to attend the ongoing session of the House. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said the order was passed in light of the trust motion on Thursday.

“The imperative necessity, at this stage, is to maintain the constitutional balance and the conflicting and competing rights that have been canvassed before us. Such an interim exercise has become prudent in view of certain time frame exercise that is in the offing in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, particularly, the no-trust motion against the present Government, which we are told is due for being taken up on 18th July 2019”, said the bench.

“In these circumstances, the competing claims have to be balanced by an appropriate interim order, which according to us, should be to permit the Hon’ble Speaker of the House to decide on the request for resignations by the 15 Members of the House within such time frame as the Hon’ble Speaker may consider appropriate.”

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Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar welcomed the SC decision 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,” he said. “The Supreme Court has put extra burden on me, I will conduct myself responsibly in accordance with constitutional principles,” he told reporters in Kolar, his home town.

If the Speaker accepts their resignations or disqualifies them from the House, the number of MLAs in the ruling coalition will fall below 113, the required number to prove majority. With 15 MLAs resigning, the strength of the coalition is likely to fall to 102 from 117. The BJP has 105 MLAs in the 224-member House.

 

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