Karnataka floor test: The political crisis in Karnataka continued to remain in limbo as Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar adjourned the House till Monday. The trust vote failed to take place for the second day in a row, despite a lengthy debate on the no-confidence motion in the Karnataka Assembly. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who missed two deadlines set by the governor to prove majority in the House, has moved the Supreme Court against its July 17 order that the 15 rebel MLAs can’t be compelled to attend Assembly proceedings.
State Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao also moved the apex court against its July 17 order. Speaker K R Ramesh, on the other hand, lashed out at the legislators today for accusing him of delaying the trust vote process and indulging in “character assassination”. “You may have your own apprehensions but let me make it clear… I have led fairly in public life. Character assassination is easy but those commenting on me please look at your background,” he said.
The ruling JD(S)-Congress government remained on edge ever since 16 MLAs — 13 from the Congress and three from JDS — had resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government. The ruling coalition strength is 117— Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides the Speaker. With the support of the two independents, the Opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House. If the resignations of the 15 MLAs — 12 from Congress and 3 from JD(S) — are accepted, the ruling coalition’s tally will come down to 101 (excluding the Speaker), reducing the 14 month-old Kumaraswamy government to a minority.
The fate of Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka remained uncertain as no floor test took place on Friday.
Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa says Monday will be the last day for Kumaraswamy govt
Former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa says, "Monday will be the last day for HD Kumaraswamy govt, they don't have numbers & they aren't allowing the people who have numbers to form govt. We are 106 members totally. SC has said MLAs who are in Mumbai can't be forced to attend the session."
Karnataka assembly adjourned till Monday without taking up voting on trust motion
The Karnataka Assembly was adjourned till Monday without taking up the voting on the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.
Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar adjourned the House after the Congress-JDS coalition governement ignored two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala to prove majority Friday itself.
Before adjourning, the speaker made it clear that finality would be put on the motion on Monday and the matter would not be prolonged further under any circumstances. PTI
No trust vote today as well, Speaker adjourns assembly till 11 am on July 22, Monday
No trust vote in Karnataka Assembly today as well. Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar adjourns assembly till 11 am on July 22 (Monday).
JUST IN | No #KarnatakaFloorTest /#KarnatakaTrustVote today as well. Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar adjourns assembly till 11 am on July 22 (Monday). @IndianExpress @IEBengaluru #KarnatakaPoliticalCrisis pic.twitter.com/jLx7McfdkG— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) July 19, 2019
What is Article 356?
The political turmoil in Karnataka snowballed into a constitutional crisis on Friday with the teetering government being slapped with two consecutive deadlines from the state’s governor to prove its majority.
While the BJP leaders demanded state Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy’s opinion on the governor’s directive, the CM moved the Supreme Court saying that Governor Vajubhai Vala cannot dictate the manner in which the debate on the confidence motion has to be taken up in the Assembly. In view of such turn of events in Karnataka, which were initially triggered by the resignation of 15 MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) and two independents, talks of President’s Rule being imposed on the state are doing the rounds.
Article 356 of the Constitution of India empowers the President to withdraw from the Union the executive and legislative powers of any state “if he is satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the government of the state cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution”. READ MORE
Ready to wait for however long it takes today: Yeddyurappa
Reiterating their demand to hold a floor test by end of the day, leader of opposition in Karnataka Assembly BS Yeddyruappa said, "Governor's letter sent today has mentioned that the vote should finish today. People on our side will sit peacefully even if it till late night. Let it take however long it takes, but we have to respect Governor's direction."
People have been mocking our state by labelling us Kar'Nataka': Belgaum MLA
If they (rebel MLAs) have stayed away because of security reasons, they're misleading people: Speaker
Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh: "Want to inform SC, people & the House. No MLA has given me letter seeking protection and I don't know if they've written to govt. If they have informed any member that they have stayed away from House for security reasons then they're misleading people.
Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh: Want to inform SC, people & the House. No MLA has given me letter seeking protection & I don't know if they've written to govt. If they have informed any member that they have stayed away from House for security reasons then they're misleading people pic.twitter.com/np75rlnj9x— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019
No MLA has sought my protection, Karnataka assembly Speaker
Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday said no MLA has sought protection from him amid allegations by the Congress that rebel lawmakers were being held captive to bring down the government. The statement by the speaker in the assembly came after senior Congress leader H K Patil requested him to create an atmosphere conducive for the legislators who are holed up outside the city to attend the session.
"No one has come seeking protection... nor have their families come.. so the issue ends there," Kumar said. Senior Congress leader D K Shivakumar said he had been to Mumbai where the rebel MLAs are sequestered and according to his information, they were in "captivity and confinement".
The House, which missed the Governor's 1.30 pm deadline for the voting on the confidence motion, was also locked in a debate on when the trust vote process should be completed. (PTI)
Experts differ over power of governor to direct assembly speaker on trust vote
Against the backdrop of political crisis in Karnataka, constitutional experts on Friday expressed divergent views on the power of a governor to issue directions to an assembly speaker. Former Lok Sabha Secretary General Subhash Kashyap said under Article 175 of the Constitution, the governor has "every right" to send a message to the House, and the legislature is duty-bound to take action on it with "all convenient dispatch" (at the earliest).
The constitutional expert said Article 168 makes it clear that the governor is part of the state legislature. But another former Lok Sabha secretary general P D T Acharya said in Karnataka's case, the state governor has "stretched" the definition of Article 175 of the Constitution.
"The Governor may send messages to the House or Houses of the Legislature of the state, whether with respect to a Bill then pending in the legislature or otherwise...," states the Article. Acharya said the "message" governor can send is with regard to bills only. "The words 'or otherwise' cannot be stretched regarding how the proceedings are held," he told PTI.
Governor not 'guide' or 'mentor' to assembly speaker: SC in 2016 verdict in Arunachal case
As the Karnataka governor gave two deadlines to the chief minister to prove his majority, a 2016 Supreme Court verdict assumes significance in which it had held that it is not within the governor's domain to interfere with the functions of the Speaker as he is "neither a guide, nor a mentor" to the latter.
In 2016, the apex court had held as unconstitutional the decision of Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa to advance the floor test. Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala set two deadlines for the H D Kumaraswamy government to prove majority on the floor of the assembly by Friday.
A five-judge Constitution bench headed by the then CJI J S Khehar had restored the dismissed Congress government led by Nabam Tuki in Arunachal Pradesh and had dealt in details the power of the governor under the Constitution.
"It is not within his domain to interfere with the functions of the Speaker, as the Governor is neither a guide, nor a mentor to the Speaker and has no role whatsoever in the removal of Speaker or Deputy Speaker...Both the Governor and the Speaker have independent constitutional responsibilities," the bench had said. (PTI)
Hold floor test today even if the clock ticks past 9: BJP
BJP legislators have urged Speaker Ramesh Kumar to hold a floor test on Friday itself "even if the clock ticks past 9 pm." The Opposition in the House has been keen on holding the floor test since Thursday morning and has been constantly alleging Congress-JD(S) leaders of "delaying the process".
Governor cannot dictate Assembly proceedings: Karnataka CM tells SC
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy moved the Supreme Court Friday saying that Governor Vajubhai Vala cannot dictate to the Assembly the manner in which the debate on the confidence motion has to be taken up. The Chief Minister questioned the deadlines set by the Governor one after another to complete the trust vote, and also sought clarification on the apex court's July 17 order which said that the 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to attend the proceedings of the House.
Kumaraswamy said in his plea that the Governor sent a communication Thursday directing that the confidence motion and the trust vote should be held before 1:30 pm on Friday.
"It is respectfully submitted that no such direction could have been issued by the Governor when the confidence motion has already been initiated. The debates on the motion are currently ongoing and the House is in seisin of the confidence motion," the plea said. (PTI)
SC interim order troubles confidence vote in House: Dy CM G Parameshwara
"The Supreme Court's interim order for the resignation of legislators is troubling the vote of confidence in the House. Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has filed a petition seeking clarification on the order. Our transparent walk is constitutional and honest," Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara wrote on Twitter.
If rebel MLAs approach me seeking protection, I will give them protection: Speaker
If the rebel MLAs will approach me seeking protection, I will give them protection. They haven’t approached me yet, said Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar. He also said that a lot of discussion has taken place. "I want to close it (trust motion process) today," he said. However, the BJP is pressing for the trust vote to take place today only "even if the clock ticks past 9".
Karnataka floor test in limbo: Kumaraswamy says session could be concluded on Monday
Clarifying that the session can be concluded on Monday, CM Kumaraswamy said, "It is important that all members should be given an opportunity to speak on the floor. All MLAs have to go back to their respective constituencies as well."
Clarifying that the session can be concluded on Monday, CM @hd_kumaraswamy said, "It is important that all members should be given an opportunity to speak on the floor. All MLAs have to go back to their respective constituencies as well." #KarnatakaFloorTest @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/MOmZ73qjRz— Ralph Alex Arakal (@ralpharakal) July 19, 2019
Kumaraswamy fails to meets 2nd deadline, Speaker asks how much more time?
Speaker Ramesh Kumar has asked the Congress-JD(S) members on how many people would want to speak on the motion and how much time they would require. The coalition is looking at fielding around 20 speakers and they say they would like to take time till Tuesday/Wednesday. It is being objected by BJP members who want the vote to be taken up now. The second deadline given by the governor for 6 pm today has also passed.
Second deadline set by Governor for CM Kumaraswamy ends
The proceedings in the Karnataka Assembly are still underway, even as the second deadline set by Governor Vajubhai Vala has lapsed.
BJP is trying to twist Anti-defection law: JD(S)
JD(S) MLA Shivalinge Gowda, while targetting the saffron party in the assembly today said that the people of the state are talking that governor's office is puppet of the BJP. He also said that the BJP is trying to twist Anti-defection law.
Kumaraswamy moves SC against Governor setting deadline for trust vote
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy moved the Supreme Court Friday contending that Governor Vajubhai Vala cannot dictate Speaker K R Ramesh to conduct the proceedings of the Assembly which is debating the confidence motion moved by him.
Kumaraswamy questioned the deadlines set by the Governor one after another to complete the trust vote. He said directions of the Governor are completely contrary and ex-facie in contravention of apex court's earlier verdict.
In his application, Kumaraswamy contended: "No such direction on trust vote could have been issued by Governor when confidence motion was already initiated." He submitted that the Governor cannot dictate the House on the manner in which debate on the Confidence motion has to take place.
The Chief Minister also sought clarification of the apex court's July 17 order that the 15 rebel MLAs can't be compelled to attend Assembly proceedings. The Governor had on Thursday set a deadline of 1:30 PM on Friday for the conclusion of the trust vote, which was not met. Thereafter, Vala again sent a communication extending the deadline till 6:00 pm. (PTI)
Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s floor test lasted for 10 days: JD(S) MLA
As the debate in the Karnataka Assembly continues, JD(S) MLA Shivalinge Gowda said, "Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s floor test lasted for 10 days. Why is BJP opposing discussion on floor test?"
Floor test would not take place today: Siddaramaiah
Congress leader Siddaramaiah today said that the floor test would not take today as well, despite the deadline set by the governor. "A total 20 MLAs have given their names to speak on the issue & they have complete right to speak on the floor of the house. Only after this, the vote can be placed," he said.
Hinting that #KarnatakaFloorTest would not happen on Friday, CLP leader @siddaramaiah says, "A total 20 MLAs have given their names to speak on the issue & they have complete right to speak on the floor of the house. Only after this, the vote can be placed." @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/cYcMvjt4jO— EXPRESS Bengaluru (@IEBengaluru) July 19, 2019
After Cong, Kumaraswamy moves SC against July 17 order
After Karnataka Congress Chief Dinesh Gundu Rao moved the Supreme Court today, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also approached the apex court against its July 17 order that said the rebel MLAs can't be compelled to attend the house proceedings.
Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy also approaches Supreme Court. Seeks clarification of its July 17 order @IndianExpress— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) July 19, 2019
Request you to protect me from letter sent by Governor: Kumaraswamy
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, while addressing the speaker in the state assembly today, said that he is leaving the decision on the floor test to him (the Speaker). "It won't be directed by Delhi. I request you to protect me from the letter sent by the Governor," he was quoted as saying by ANI.
After he failed to prove his majority on the floor of the house at 1.30 pm today (the first deadline set by Governor Vajubhai Vala yesterday), the Karnataka CM received another deadline of 6 pm in the afternoon.
'Second love letter' by guv has hurt me: Kumaraswamy after receiving 2nd deadline
After receiving the second deadline of 6 pm today to prove his majority on the floor of the house, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said in the state assembly that "the second love letter" from the governor has hurt him. "He (guv) only came to know about horse-trading 10 days ago?," he said while showing photos of BS Yeddyurappa, PA Santosh, reportedly boarding a plane with independent MLA H Nagesh.
CM HD Kumaraswamy: I have respect for the Governor. But the second love letter from the Governor has hurt me. He only came to know about horse trading 10 days ago?(Shows photos of BS Yeddyurappa's PA Santosh, reportedly boarding a plane with independent MLA H Nagesh) pic.twitter.com/VIcA4TUmeI— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019
Cong moves SC against its July 17 order regarding 15 rebel MLAs
KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao has moved the Supreme Court against its July 17 order which said that 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to attend House proceedings. He said, " it “whittles down the right of a political party to issue a whip to its legislators...”.
Congress Karnataka unit President Dinesh Gundu Rao moves Supreme Court against July 17 order which said 15 rebel MLAs be not compelled to attend house proceedings. Says it “whittles down the right of a political party to issue a whip to its legislators...”. @IndianExpress— Ananthakrishnan G (@axidentaljourno) July 19, 2019
Coalition legislators chant 'Down down Amit Shah, down down BJP'
Congress-JD(S) legislators chanted "Down down Amit Shah, down down BJP" after Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao alleged that the Union Home Minister has links to the political situation that prevails in Karnataka at present. However, speaker K R Ramesh Kumar brought the House back to order saying, "He (Amit Shah) is not a member of this House and hence such allegations will not go into the assembly record."
BJP to meet Governor Vajubhai today, complain against Kumaraswamy
Meanwhile, a BJP delegation will meet Governor Vajubhai Vala today and complain against CM HD Kumaraswamy for not following Governor’s directive. The governor had yesterday directed the chief minister to prove his majority on the floor of the house by 1.30 pm.
Dinesh Gundu Rao seeks SC clarification on 'whip' issue
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Dinesh Gundu Rao has moved the Supreme Court claiming that the apex court's order dated July 17 (which directed that 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to attend Assembly) violated the party's right under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution to issue whip to the legislators.
Karnataka Assembly resumes after lunch
The proceedings of the Karnataka Assembly have begun after the lunch. It would be interesting to know whether the floor test will take place today. Governor Vajubhai Vala had given 1.30 pm deadline to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to prove his majority in the House.
Yeddyurappa says his party is moving breach of privilege motion against Kolar JDS MLA
Senior BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa has said that his party is moving a breach of privilege motion against Kolar MLA Srinivas Gowda (JDS) who alleged in the assembly that he was offered Rs 5 crore by BJP. Yeddyurappa was interacting with media persons outside the Karnataka Assembly.
BS Yeddyurappa,BJP: Kolar MLA Srinivas Gowda(JDS) alleged in the assembly that he was offered Rs 5 crore by BJP. We are moving a breach of privilege motion against him. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/vuaVLMzmCS— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019
Karnataka Governor sends interim report on today's development to House Secretary
Governor Vajubhai Vala has sent an interim report on today’s development to Home Secretary. It can be recalled that he had given a 1.30 pm deadline to Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy to prove his confidence in the House by 1.30 pm on Friday. The political drama in Karnataka Assembly continued today with the Congress leaders lashing out at BJP for "trying to destroy democracy".
Discussion to continue on Monday, says Siddaramaiah
Congress leader Siddaramaiah ruled out the possibility of a floor test today. "The discussion is still not complete and 20 members are yet to participate. I don’t think it will finish today and will continue on Monday," he was quoted as saying by ANI.
'You are trying to destroy democracy': Kumaraswamy tells BJP
"I have given funds to all of your districts. But you (BJP) say I am the CM of only two-three districts. That is why I am saying there should not be any hurry, let us discuss it. You are trying to destroy democracy," Kumaraswamy said.
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy during trust vote debate: I have given funds to all of your districts. But you(BJP) say I am the CM of only two-three districts. That is why I am saying there should not be any hurry,let us discuss it. You are trying to destroy democracy. https://t.co/Ap9Hwsf1Um— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019
Kumaraswamy hits out at BJP in assembly
"You blame Revanna (state minister and CM's brother) of carrying a lemon. You (BJP) believe in Hindu culture, but you blame him. He carries lemon with him and he goes to a temple. But you accuse him of doing black magic. Is it even possible to save a government by doing black magic?" Kumaraswamy told the assembly today.
Democracy being killed in Karnataka: Congress in Lok Sabha
Meanwhile, in Lok Sabha, the Congress raised the issue of the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka, saying the independence of legislature is under threat and democracy is being killed. Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury alleged that the BJP is conspiring to bring down governments in states where opposition parties are in power. He said what is happening in Karnataka is a threat to the independence of legislature and democracy is being killed in the state.
Mumbai Police provides security to 'sick' Karnataka Congress MLA
Meanwhile, Mumbai Police today provided security to Karnataka Congress MLA Shrimant Patil, who was admitted in a state-run hospital, and is recording his statement, an official said. "We have provided security to the MLA and his statement is being recorded," he said.
'CM will decide on Governor's order': Karnataka Speaker
"Whether the Governor's order has to be followed or not will be decided by the Chief Minister because the letter was sent to him," Speaker Ramesh Kumar said. The assembly has been adjourned till 3 pm.
Karnataka assembly session has been adjourned till 3 pm. https://t.co/cG6EpwjNbf— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019
'No vote until discussion is over': Speaker
"Unless the discussion is over, there cannot be a vote," the Speaker said while BJP members continued to protest over the issue. The deadline of 1.30 pm given by the Governor for a vote has passed.
Kumaraswamy refers to SC verdict to prove limitations of Governor
In the assembly, Kumaraswamy told the Speaker that he has to decide whether the Governor can set a deadline for him (1.30 pm Friday) to prove majority. He also referred to a Supreme Court verdict that the Governor cannot act as ombudsman of Legislature.
Congress-JD(S) MLAs chant 'Go back Governor'
Soon after Congress MLA Krishna Byre Gowda completed presenting various citations on the limits of the Governor, Congress-JD(S) legislators in the house chanted, "Go back Governor," creating further ruckus in the House.