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Karnataka MLAs resign LIVE Updates: Action shifts to Goa as 14 rebel MLAs leave Mumbai

Karnataka MLAs Resign, Karnataka Political Crises Today Live News Updates: Independent MLA Nagesh stepped down earlier in the day while 13 MLAs had submitted their resignations to the Speaker on Saturday. 

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Dissident MLAs being shifted to Goa.

Karnataka MLAs Resign, Karnataka Political Crises Today Live News Updates: There is no end in sight to the Karnataka crisis as 21 Congress ministers and nine JDS ministers resigned from the Cabinet to placate the 14 rebel MLAs who withdrew their support to the Congress-JD(S) coalition on Monday. Two independent MLAs Nagesh and R Shankar stepped down earlier in the day while 13 MLAs had submitted their resignations to the Speaker on Saturday. Congress MLA from Bidar North, Rahim Mahmood Khan, on the other hand, threatened to resign from the Assembly, PTI reported.

Meanwhile, the dissident MLAs left Mumbai for Goa in the evening. The coalition was pushed to the brink on Saturday after 13 Congress and JD(S) MLAs submitted their resignations to bring its number to 105, on par with the BJP, in the 224-member Assembly even as several other rebels are reported to be waiting to exit. The resignations of the 13 MLAs, at least 10 of whom have moved to a Mumbai hotel, are yet to be accepted by the Speaker.

The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength after Nagesh withdrawing his support, stood at 117 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-1), besides the Speaker. The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the MLAs are accepted by the Speaker, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 104. The Speaker also has a vote.

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14 MLAs withdraw support to Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka. Get latest updates here.

Kumaraswamy leaves after meeting Karnataka Congress In-charge

Deputy CM accuses governor of encouraging horse trading

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara today accused governor Vajubhai Vala of encouraging horse trading following a flurry of resignations by Congress and JD(S) legislators threatening the existence of the coalition government in the State.

"Our governor when the MLAs went to submit their resignations to him, there was no necessity for him to chit-chat with them for two hours," he told reporters.

"In the photograph you have published, the governor was sitting with the police officer. If there was any threat to any MLA, if the MLAs had asked for any security then the question of police security arises but the governor called the police commissioner there and discussed with the MLAs for two hours. (PTI)

More MLAs to jump coalition ship

"More legislators including Congress legislator Roshan Baig and Karnataka Pragnyavanthara Janata Party legislator R Shankar are likely to come to Mumbai tonight. But, all of them will leave for Goa tomorrow morning," says a BJP functionary.

Watch | 'We have elected our legislators to work for us'

Bus carrying JD(S) MLAs arrives at Prestige Golfshire Club

Bus carrying JD(S) MLAs arrives at Prestige Golfshire Club

We are now 107, let's wait and see: Yeddyurappa

Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa replies to Kumaraswamy's statement "Government will run smoothly," says, "Two independent MLAs met the Governor and gave a letter that they'll support BJP. Now, we're 105 + 2 = 107. Even when they've lost the majority, Kumaraswamy is speaking like that. People are observing everything. Let us see and wait."

Action shifts to Goa; 14 Karnataka MLAs leave Mumbai

Fourteen MLAs of the ruling JD (S)-Congress government in Karnataka Monday left for Goa as the scene of action on the fate of the Kumaraswamy-led regime shifted to the coastal state. The MLAs, including 10 of Congress, two of JD(S) and two Independents, left for Goa in the evening and are being accompanied by MohitBhartiya, president of the Mumbai BJP Yuva Morcha, sources said. Maharashtra BJP legislator Prasad Lad said the 14 MLAs left the luxury hotel in suburban Bandra where they were put up, at 5 pm. They are expected to stay at a resort in Goa, sources said.

Congress leaders arrive for a meeting at Kumara Krupa Guest House

Congress leaders arrive for a meeting at Kumara Krupa Guest House in Bengaluru. Karnataka Congress in charge KC Venugopal says, "Don't worry."

Another Independent Karna Minister resigns, supports BJP

Karnataka Minister and Independent MLA R Shankar Monday resigned from the H D Kumaraswamy cabinet and extended support to the opposition BJP. Shankar met state Governor Vajubhai Vala and conveyed his decision to support BJP, a communication from the Raj Bhavan said. The Ranebennur MLA, who quit as Municipal Administration Minister, later left for Mumbai.

Dissident MLAs leave for Goa from Mumbai hotel

BJP sources said that all the 14 legislators including an independent legislator H Nahesh have left for Goa by road on Monday evening and all the arrangements for their stay in Goa have been made. "All the legislators were waiting for the independent legislator H Nagesh, who came in the afternoon, to join them. All of them are on their way to Goa," said a BJP functionary. The functionary further said that the legisaltors have been accompanied by Mohit Bhartiya, president of Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha. "All the legislators left from the back gate of the Sofitel Hotel at around 5 pm," added the functionary.

Anti-democratic attitude of the BJP to destabilise the government: venugopal

"Today morning we met the ministers. In the prevailing condition, the ministers themselves voluntarily resigned from ministership as far as the Congress ministers are concerned," he said. The ministers have left it to the party to take necessary decisions to reshuffle the cabinet and to settle the issues in the present scenario, he said. "I sincerely thank the ministers for their decision and their attitude to sacrifice their ministership for uniting the party and defeating the anti-democratic attitude of the BJP to destabilise the government," Venugopal said.

Congress protestors detained by Police

The Congress workers protesting outside the Sofitel hotel where dissident Karnataka MLAs are holed up have been detained by Mumbai Police. They have been taken to the nearest police station. 

CM Kumaraswamy should resign: Yeddyurappa

Now we are having BJP legislative party meeting and we are going to take appropriate decision there. Tomorrow all our workers will protest because Congress-JD(S) lost the majority so CM should resign immediately. That is the people's aspiration also. When they lost confidence, they have no moral right to conduct the business. That is why we are demanding that he (CM) resign immediately.

In Pic | Congress brings horse cart to protest outside Sofitel hotel

Congress brings horse cart to protest outside Sofitel hotel

BJP MLAs gather for CLP meeting

BJP leaders begin arriving for BJP legislative party meeting, in Bengaluru

In Pics | Congress workers waiting for IYC Vice President to protest outside Sofitel Hotel

Kumaraswamy may know something no one else does: Omar on K'taka crisis

National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Monday wondered where Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy got his confidence from that his government would run smoothly. "This is some serious confidence on display here! What does he know that NO one else seems to know," Abdullah tweeted.

All 9 JDS ministers have resigned to facilitate way for Cabinet reshuffle

All nine JD(S) ministers in Karnataka have submitted their resignations to facilitate a cabinet reshuffle, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's office said on Monday. Their resignations came shortly after 21 ministers of coalition partner Congress quit the cabinet.

BJP using IT, ED to intimidate MLAs: Siddaramaiah

Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah alleges BJP of using IT and ED to intimidate MLAs camping in Mumbai. "They (BJP) have not got the mandate in 2018 and they are trying to dislodge this government for the past one year," he said.

BJP a 'poacher party', says Cong leader Adhir Chowdhury

Terming the BJP a "poacher party", Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Monday said his party will try to raise the Karnataka-crisis issue in Parliament, but not reveal its strategy.  "We'll try to raise the #Karnataka issue in Parliament but we won't reveal our weapons. But it is clear that BJP is a poacher party," Chowdhury, who is the leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, told reporters outside Parliament. (PTI)

All JDS ministers resign, Cabinet reshuffle imminent

All ministers from JDS have submitted their resignations just like the 21 ministers from Congress. Cabinet reshuffle will happen soon.

CM Kumaraswamy on political development in Karnataka

I don't have any kind of anxiety about the present political development. I don't want to discuss anything about politics: Kumaraswamy

Congress leaders to meet in Delhi today

Senior Congress leaders are likely to meet in New Delhi later in the evening today. The development comes as the party struggles to keep its coalition government with JDS afloat in Karnataka. 

No relation with developments in Karnataka: Rajnath Singh

The BJP-ruled government has no relation to the ongoing developments in Karnataka and did not put pressure on any MLA or MP to switch parties, Union Minister Rajnath Singh said Monday in Lok Sabha. The Defence Minister said the government is committed to protect the sanctity of Parliament. "Whatever is happening currently in Karnataka, we have not relation with that," he said, replying to the issue raised by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. (PTI)

DK Shivakumar on resignation of independent MLA

"Just now Mr Nagesh (Independent MLA who resigned as a minister) called me and said that he has been hijacked by Mr Yeddyurappas' PA and BJP. By the time I reached airport, the flight had left."

'Karnataka issue will be resolved, govt to function smoothly': Kumaraswamy

"The issue will be resolved, don't worry. This government will run smoothly," Kumaraswamy was quoted as saying by ANI.

 Siddaramaiah urges rebels to reconsider decision to quit

"I, on behalf of Congress party, request all those who have resigned to reconsider their decision and strengthen our government,"  Siddaramaiah added.

'Will try to accomodate rebels': Siddaramaiah

"Our ministers have voluntarily resigned to help save the government. We will try to accommodate those MLAs who have resigned and interested to be the ministers. We will reshuffle the cabinet keeping regional aspirations and social obligations in mind," Siddaramaiah added.

'BJP will face wrath of public': Siddaramaiah

"BJP had been trying to destabilize since last one year and this is their sixth attempt. They will surely fail again and will have to face the wrath of the public. They are unable to digest the fact that our coalition govt is trying to ensure social justice & regional balance," Siddaramaiah said.

'PM Modi, Amit Shah traitors of country': Siddaramaiah

"BJP is misusing central govt and its agencies to threaten our MLAs. It is not just by BJP leaders in Karnataka but also by dictators Amit Shah and Narendra Modi. They are nothing but the traitors of this vibrant country." 

'BJP trying to topple govt'

"BJP had not got any mandate from the people even if the percentage of votes are considered. Independents and BSP MLAs had supported our coalition government. We have numbers to prove the majority but BJP is continuously trying to topple our government," Siddaramaiah said.

'BJP a disgrace to country': Siddaramaiah

Hitting out at the saffron party, former CM Siddaramaiah tweeted, "BJP is a disgrace to our country and they have no respect for Parliamentary democracy. RSS did not respect freedom movement and BJP is not respecting our constitution. They are pseudo nationalists with ulterior motive of destabilizing India's unity."

Let party take a call, says Venugopal

"Congress ministers in Karnataka resigned voluntarily, I leave it to the party to take a decision on reshuffling the Cabinet," AICC General Secretary K C Venugopal was quoted as saying by PTI.

BJP has no role in Karnataka crisis, says Rajnath Singh

Addressing Lok Sabha, Union Defence Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh said, "Our party has nothing to do with what is happening in Karnataka. Our party has never indulged in horse-trading." 

21 Congress ministers resign in Karnataka: Siddaramaiah

"Twenty-one Karnataka Congress ministers have resigned voluntarily," Karnataka Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah told reporters. 

Explained: Here’s how Cong-JDS coalition is stacked up in Karnataka Assembly as Independent MLA resigns

There is confusion over the resignation of a Congress MLA from Bangalore, N Munirathna, with senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar claiming that he tore up the MLA’s resignation letter. Munirathna was seen among rebels on Saturday but did not travel with a group of 10 rebels to Mumbai. There is also no clarity if Congress MLA Soumya Reddy whose father Ramalinga Reddy, also an MLA, is among those who resigned. Reddy and his daughter also did not join the rebel MLAs in Mumbai.

When the crisis began last week the coalition’s numbers included 118 MLAs (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-2), besides the Speaker. The BJP, on the other hand, has 105. If the total MLAs who have sent resignations is 14 (Congress 11 and the JDS 3), then the coalition is in a minority with the exit of the Independent MLA H Nagesh. The coalition will be at 104 as against the opposition BJP’s 105. Click here to read more.

Few MLAs will return today evening: Zameer Ahmed Khan

"By today evening, at least six-seven MLAs of the 10 MLAs, who are in the BJP camp, will return," Karnataka Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan was quoted as saying by ANI.

Independent MLA Nagesh leaves for Mumbai

Independent MLA Nagesh (in white shirt), who resigned today, boards a special flight to Mumbai.

BJP a 'poacher party', says Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury

Terming the BJP a "poacher party", Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said his party will try to raise the Karnataka-crisis issue in Parliament, but not reveal its strategy. "We'll try to raise the Karnataka issue in Parliament but we won't reveal our weapons. But it is clear that BJP is a poacher party," Chowdhury, who is the leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, told reporters outside Parliament.

We welcome Nagesh to BJP, says Shobha Karandlaje

On Nagesh's resignation and offer to support BJP, Shobha Karandlaje said, "We welcome Independent MLA Nagesh (who resigned as minister). We will accept anybody into our party who is from non-political dispensation. We're not in touch with any rebels of the Congress and JD(S), as long as they are with their parties." 

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Kumaraswamy at Bengaluru airport on Sunday.

The coalition slipped into crisis after 12 MLAs went to Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s office Saturday to submit their resignations. The Speaker, who was not present, has asked the MLAs to come back on Tuesday. “A total of 14 MLAs have resigned. They are from the Congress and JD(S). There is unhappiness about the coalition,’’ JD(S) leader H Vishwanath said after meeting the Governor later.

Vishwanath seemed to have accounted for the 12 MLAs, Soumya Reddy, who is the MLA-daughter of Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy, and MLA Anand Singh who quit on July 1. Soumya was not among those who went to the Speaker’s office although her father was part of the 12-member group.

Congress leader in the Assembly Siddaramaiah, meanwhile, called for a meeting of the state legislature party Tuesday. A session of the Assembly is scheduled to begin on July 12, when the BJP is likely to seek a floor test. In Delhi, the BJP leadership maintained that the party, which is the single-largest in the 224-member Assembly with 105 MLAs, is not responsible for the crisis. “It’s the Congress leaders’ foolishness that they blame the BJP for the current crisis. Ramalinga Reddy, one of the MLAs who resigned, is a senior party leader and a former Home Minister. Even Ramesh Jarkiholi is a multi-term legislator. If they have resigned from the party, it cannot be because of the BJP,” Muralidhar Rao said.