Karnataka MLAs resign, Karnataka political crisis today Highlights: While the BJP on Monday expressed that it will form the government in next four to five days, the Congress-JDS coalition maintained that they will retain the government on the floor of the house. The statements came after a floor test was scheduled by the Karnataka assembly on July 18.
The floor test will take place at 11 am on July 18, said Congress’s Siddaramaiah after a meeting of a panel that decides the agenda of the state assembly.Sixteen MLAs of the ruling coalition have submitted their resignations to the Speaker. If the resignations are accepted, the coalition will have 101 MLAs in the 224-member House versus the BJP’s 105. The BJP, which was pressing for a floor test today, said it won’t allow the House to proceed unless the no-confidence motion is held at the earliest.
After a spate of resignations, the fate of the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka is uncertain. Follow Highlights on Karnataka political crisis
BJP has 10 MLAs (Two independents) in the House,
Yeddyurappa had stepped down as chief minister before the confidence motion was taken up for voting as he failed to muster enough numbers for the BJP which had emerged as the single largest party with 105 seats in the 224-member House. The ruling coalition's total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker. With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the House, where the half-way mark is 113.
BJP will form govt in 4-5 days: Yeddyurappa
As the Congress-JDS coalition government faced uncertainty over its numbers, BJP's Karnataka unit chief B S Yeddyurappa Monday said he was confident o forming the government in the next four to five days. "I am quite confident that the BJP government will come into existence in the next three to four days. The BJP will give the best administration in Karnataka," Yeddyurappa told reporters. "Kumaraswamy will not be able to continue as chief minister. He too knows it. I think he will quit after making a good speech (in the assembly)," Yeddyurappa, who had quit in similar circumstances early last year, said.
No show from dissident MLAs in assembly
The disgruntled MLAs, who have turned against the government, are camping in Mumbai. The Speaker is yet to accept their resignations as the matter is pending before the Supreme Court which will hear the case again on Tuesday. The MLAs have not turned up for the assembly proceedings, which began on Friday last. The Apex Court Monday agreed to hear a plea of five more rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators seeking a direction to the Karnataka Assembly speaker to accept their resignation.
Confident of winning floor test, expresses Shivakumar
"No one will like to go for an election. It is not possible (for legislators to not turn up) when the anti-defection law is in place,", senior Congress leader. He expresses confidence in being on the winning side of the scheduled for Thursday.
Speaker schedules trust vote for Thursday
Amid the ongoing turmoil in the state, Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Monday scheduled a trust vote for the ruling Congress-JDS coalition government for 11 am on Thursday. He announced the decision of the trust vote after a meeting of the Business Advisory Council of the assembly. He also adjourned the house till Thursday after the BJP objected to the conduct of regular proceedings without the government proving it’s majority.
BJP seeks to move no-confidence motion against Kumaraswamy
The BJP has issued a notice to Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar during the Business Advisory Committee meeting attended by party leader B S Yeddyurappa seeking to move the no-confidence motion, party state general secretary C T Ravi told PTI. "Yes, we have given the notice to move a no-confidence motion," he said.
Won't allow House to proceed unless floor test is held: BJP
While the Speaker has announced that the floor test will take place on July 18, the BJP has announced that they won't allow the proceedings in the house until the motion of confidence is held at the earliest.
BJP has sought to move no-confidence motion against Kumaraswamy govt
"BJP has sought to move a no-confidence motion against Congress-JD(S) government," said BJP leader C T Ravi, reported news agency ANI.
Speaker holds meeting with Karnataka MLAs
Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar has initiated a meeting with MLAs from both the sides. The Business Advisory Council meeting is now underway in his cabin. The next course of action including when to schedule a no-confidence motion is expected to be taken during the meeting. CM Kumaraswamy and leader of opposition BS Yeddyurappa are at the meeting.
Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy reaches Karnataka Assembly
Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy has arrived at Vidhana Soudha for the second day of the monsoon session in the state legislative assembly. Kumaraswamy, on Friday, had approached Speaker Ramesh Kumar seeking for trust vote as he didn't want to give an impression of continuing in power without proving majority.
Congress holds CLP meet before Assembly session
Ahead of the Assembly Session, Congress held a CLP meeting. The meet was called by former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah
Congress legislators take part in the CLP meeting called by leader @siddaramaiah ahead of the second day in Vidhana Soudha for the monsoon session. AICC general secretary @kcvenugopalmp also took part in the same held at the hotel in which the MLAs camp together. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/md7oAYekxC— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) July 15, 2019
Congress MLAs leave for Karnataka Assembly
'Not ready to misuse position': Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy
The resignations have pushed the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state to the brink. Amid the crisis, H D Kumaraswamy surprised everyone when he sought time from the Speaker of the state assembly to seek a vote of confidence. “Only when I have the support of this House, I can continue in this position. I am not ready to misuse this position in any way. So voluntarily I have decided to seek trust vote," he said.
Responding to Kumaraswamy’s move, Speaker K R Ramesh said a slot would be allotted whenever the Karnataka Chief Minister opted for it. To a question on the justification behind the chief minister seeking to trust vote, Kumar said the question should be put to Kumaraswamy.
Why did the 5 MLAs approach Supreme Court?
The plea filed by the 5 MLAs sought to implead in the main plea filed by 10 other lawmakers. It said the resignation letters of four — Singh, Sudhakar, Nagaraju and Baig — of the five MLAs were submitted to the Speaker in person.
The Speaker who was asked by the SC to decide on the resignations before the end of the day had on Friday said that he was required to conduct an “enquiry” to ascertain whether the resignation was voluntary and genuine and that he would need more time for this.
Opposing this stand of the Speaker, the five legislators said the Constitution “contemplates only an inquiry to be conducted and not an enquiry and therefore there is no necessity of any elaborate hearing. They said there were no disqualification proceedings against them on the date of their resignation and hence there was no ground to deny them the right of the resignation on the ground of pendency of disqualification proceedings. The resignation cannot be invalidated by filing disqualification proceedings subsequently, they added.
Stand by demand of floor test: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi
Talking to news agency ANI, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said, "We stand by our demand(of floor test). The behaviour of Assembly speaker & CM is highly uncalled for & unacceptable. When the MLAs have personally handed Speaker their resignations, what inquiry does he want?"
BJP MLAs leave for Karnataka Assembly
BJP MLAs leave for Karnataka Assembly. The party has demanded Chief Minister Kumaraswamy to either prove the majority of his govt in the floor test or resign from the post.
Express Opinion: Beware of defectors
In her weekly column in The Indian Express, Tavleen Singh writes, "Toppling govts may be more dangerous for BJP than Congress. For me personally, the ugliest aspect of the Karnataka episode was the manner in which the defectors were brought to Mumbai and confined in a five-star hotel. Who paid the bills? Who paid for the private jet in which they were flown back to Karnataka and then flown back again? There are unverifiable but nasty rumours of big money. If PM is sincere about creating a new India, then he will have to create a new political culture - in which defectors are not welcomed into the BJP as if they were heroes."
What had happened when the rebel MLAs had written to Mumbai Police last week?
For almost five hours, Karnataka Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar waited outside the Renaissance hotel in Mumbai. Sent to negotiate with rebel MLAs inside, whose resignations have left the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka on the brink of collapse, Shivakumar refused to leave without speaking to them.
Shivakumar insisted that he had booked a room in the hotel but the management cancelled it citing an “emergency in hotel”, forcing him to camp outside. Hours later, he was served breakfast by the hotel staff just as the Mumbai police issued prohibitory orders disallowing assembly of more than five people outside the hotel. And despite the incessant rain, Shivakumar, who was constantly on the phone, sometimes with one mobile in each hand, waited as his associates held umbrellas.
Karnataka Crisis: What does the rebel MLAs' letter say?
In the letter to Mumbai Police, the rebel MLAs have requested the forces to stop Congress leaders from meeting them. "We have absolutely no intentions in meeting Shri Mallikarjun Kharge ji or Ghulam Nabi Azad ji or any Congress dignitaries or functionaries from Maharashtra and Karnataka Congress team leader or any other political leader... we anticipate serious threat from them," the letter reads.
Congress MLA joins Karnataka rebels in Mumbai
In Mumbai, the rebels — 15 of whom have approached the Supreme Court to direct Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to accept their resignations — put up a united front and claimed there was no question of any of them withdrawing their resignations. “We have not divided into groups. We are all united. M T B Nagaraj has joined us and 12 of us are together now. Another MLA, Sudhakar, who has resigned, is in Delhi and he will join us. There are 13 of us in all and a total of 15, with two Independents,” S T Somashekhar said.
In a sign that the rebels are driving a hard bargain with the ruling coalition and the opposition BJP ahead of the vote of confidence sought by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, Nagaraj too asserted, “We are all together. Yesterday I said that if Sudhakar takes back his resignation, I will do too. Now there is no question of taking back the resignation.”
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