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Karnataka Highlights: Yeddyurappa yet to stake claim as BJP looks to top brass on next move

The Congress-JDS government in Karnataka collapsed after it lost the confidence vote, garnering 99 votes against the 105 to the BJP. Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa will now meet the Governor to stake claim to form government in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 24, 2019 10:01:41 pm
Karnataka BJP president B S Yeddyurappa  (Source: REUTERS)

Government formation exercise in Karnataka is yet to take off as the state BJP looked to the central leadership for its go-ahead to stake claim to provide an alternative after the collapse of the Congress-JDS coalition ministry in a confidence vote

After the Opposition BJP in Karnataka won the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy by six votes on Tuesday, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa is expected to meet the Governor Vajubhai Vala after consulting the party’s central leaders today.

“I’m awaiting instructions from Delhi. I can call legislature party meeting any time and go to Raj Bhavan (to stake claim). I’m waiting for it,” Yeddyurappa, 76, who masterminded attempts to topple the coalition, told reporters after meeting RSS leaders at its state headquarters “Keshava Krupa” in Bengaluru.

“The BJP is a natural claimant with the majority on its side in the House of which the strength is reduced now. We will be looking to take the responsibility and we will be following the directions of our national president and parliamentary board,” said P Muralidhar Rao, BJP general secretary in-charge of Karnataka.

Read | BJP says natural claimant to power

The Congress-JDS government in Karnataka collapsed after it lost the confidence vote, garnering 99 votes against the 105 to the BJP in the Karnataka assembly, ending the nearly three-week-long high political drama in the state.

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Developments on the political situation in Karnataka

20:06 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Opposition accuses BJP of 'brazen horse-trading' in Karnataka

A number of political parties on Wednesday hit out at the BJP after the fall of the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka and accused the ruling party at the Centre of indulging in "brazen horse-trading" and "misusing power". Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said the day will go down in the history of democracy as a "black chapter".

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has alleged that "brazen horse-trading" and "misuse of power" by the BJP has led to the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government.

Hours after the fall of the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had said the greed of those who saw the alliance as an obstacle in their path to power won, while democracy and the state's people lost.


19:27 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Bengaluru police cuts short 36-hour liquor ban to 24 hrs

The Bengaluru police has cut short the 36-hour liquor ban in the city from Tuesday 6 pm, imposed amid the political turmoil in the State, and lifted it
Wednesday evening. 

18:59 (IST)24 Jul 2019
2 Independent Karnataka MLAs seek to withdraw SC plea for 'forthwith' floor test

Two Karnataka Independent MLAs on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to allow them to withdraw their plea seeking its direction to the state assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to conduct "forthwith" floor test on a trust motion moved by the H D Kumaraswamy government.

The Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka headed by Chief Minister Kumaraswamy collapsed on Tuesday with 99 members voting for the motion and 105 against it in a House of 225 members, including the Speaker and a nominated member. The counsel for the lawmakers — R Shankar and  H Nagesh — told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the MLAs wanted to withdraw the petition as the floor test has been conducted.

17:53 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Outgoing CM Kumaraswamy met govt officials

Karnataka Caretaker Chief Minsiter HD Kumaraswamy met officials today and thanked them for support.

17:14 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Kumaraswamy recounts accomplishments on his way out

Outgoing Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, " When I took oath, my government decided to waive off farmer loans. We planned to bring in the Debt Relief Act. I wanted to bring such an act and help landless labourers and small farmers. We sent the proposal to the President for approval. He has now signed it, I thank him. "

16:59 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Bengaluru police clarifies Section 144 stil in place

Bengaluru City Police (BCP) has clarified that section 144 imposed on Tuesday is "still in place and is not revoked." The police, however, confirmed that the ban on the sale of liquor has been withdrawn and pubs, bars and liquor shops can resume operating from 6 PM on Wednesday.

"There were 2 orders yesterday. One for liquor prohibition and second for imposing section 144 CRPC prohibitory order. Only liquor prohibition order is withdrawn. The prohibitory order is not withdrawn," a BCP spokesperson told

15:54 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Kumaraswamy non-commital on future of JDS' alliance with Congress

A day after the coalition government headed by him collapsed, outgoing Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday remained non-committal on the future of his party JDS' alliance with the Congress, saying both parties have not yet discussed it.

"Today we have called our MLAs to work out future strategies. Our top priority is to develop our party, to get the confidence of the people of Karnataka and how to move ahead at this juncture. We will discuss," Kumaraswamy told reporters ahead of the JD(S) meeting at the party office here.

Responding to a question on continuing alliance with the Congress, he said, "Let us see...I don't know. I don't know about the stand of Congress leaders for the future... we have not discussed anything yet."


15:16 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Sole BSP MLA who abstained from trust vote says was 'neutral', 'didn't support any party'

N Mahesh, Karnataka MLA who was expelled by BSP for abstaining from floor test, said "party incharge Ashok Siddharth told me to abstain from voting. Be neutral and not support any party. That was the instruction given to me. Accordingly, I was absent. I haven't violated Behen ji's order."

15:12 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Never seen this before in my life: JD(S)' Deve Gowda on Karnataka crisis

Former Prime Minister and JD(S) leader Deve Gowda said, "The way in which things have happened in Karnataka, I have never seen in my political career. The way in which a national party, BJP leadership allowed this type of horse trading, I have never seen in my life."

15:09 (IST)24 Jul 2019
With Kumaraswamy out of the picture, what is left of Oppn unity?

As the Congress-JD(S) alliance collapsed in Karnataka, what is the status check of all the Opposition leaders who were present at the swearing-in ceremony of Kumaraswamy turning it into an Opposition show of strength fourteen months ago. Read here

14:53 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Karnataka: Section 144 imposed in Bangalore lifted
13:44 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Karnataka Congress leaders meet in Bangalore following the defeat

After its coalition government with the JD(S) in Karnataka collapsed, the Congress on Tuesday accused the BJP of carrying out "one of the most heinous" horse-trading the country has ever seen and said it will hold nationwide protests against the "immoral political destabilisation".

Karnataka Congress leaders meeting underway in Bengaluru following the defeat of Congress-JD(S) government during the trust vote in Assembly, yesterday.

— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2019

13:39 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Karnataka govt: 23 days before change of guard

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13:26 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Black chapter in history of democracy, says Mayawati on Karnataka developments

BSP president Mayawati on Wednesday said the manner in which the JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka has been pulled down will go down in the history of democracy as a "black chapter".

Mayawati, who on Tuesday night expelled its lone party MLA in Karnataka hours after Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy lost the trust vote in the state assembly, said in a tweet, "The manner in which BJP kept all constitutional norms aside and used money and power to pull down Opposition-led government in Karnataka will be registered in the history of democracy as a black chapter."

"Any amount of condemnation of such an act is not enough," Mayawati said.

13:07 (IST)24 Jul 2019
BSY seeks blessings of RSS leaders ahead of his meeting with Governor

CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa met RSS leaders at the Chamrajpet office in Bengaluru.

12:26 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Parliament to discuss RTI bill

Meanwhile, in the Parliament, The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which was passed on Monday evening in the Lok Sabha will be taken up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha today. The Bill came under fire as several Opposition parties insisted that the amendments to the law were “dangerous” to the fundamental rights of the citizens and a “threat to the Constitution and the Parliament”. Follow LIVE Updates 

12:18 (IST)24 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, 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.

12:18 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Who will be the Chief Minister?

In an interview with Indian Express, P Muralidhar Rao, BJP general secretary in-charge of Karnataka said, CM candidate will be decided by the parliamentary board. We have BS Yeddyurappa as leader of our party and we had sought mandate under his leadership. Taking all factors into consideration, the leadership will take a decision. Read the full interview 

11:17 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Karnataka: Two Independent MLAs seek withdrawal of their plea from SC

Two Independent Karnataka MLAs sought withdrawal of their plea from the Supreme Court in which they asked for immediate voting on trust vote. The Supreme Court said it will pass an order in presence of senior lawyers representing lawmakers and K'taka assembly speaker.

10:55 (IST)24 Jul 2019
Karnataka BJP to hold legislature party meeting today

As the BJP is expected to stake claim to form the next government in Karnataka, its legislature party meeting would be held on Wednesday.
According to party sources, the meeting is likely to begin at 11.30 AM to decide the next step. The party may approach Governor Vajubhai Vala on Thursday and stake claim to form the government, they said.

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Despite buying time of over five days, amid deadlines given by the Governor to complete the trust vote, the coalition could not lure back the rebels — 13 from the Congress and three from JD(S) — who left the flock since July 6, triggering the latest crisis after the BJP won 25 of 28 seats in Lok Sabha elections. It was only able to convince one MLA — Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy — to withdraw his resignation, and prevent two Independent legislators, H Nagesh and R Shankar, from going to the Assembly for the trust vote Tuesday.

Read | Kumaraswamy loses Karnataka trust vote

During the trust vote discussions, Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah warned the BJP that it would not be able to survive given the conditions under which it would come to power. “You will not be able to run a government created through defections. In the history of India, few governments formed by splitting parties have survived for long,: Siddaramaiah said.

Hours after the fall of the coalition, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the greed of those who saw the alliance as an obstacle in their path to power won, while democracy and the state's people lost. "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," Gandhi tweeted.

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