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Karnataka Floor Test Today, Karnataka Trust Vote: State Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao has moved the Supreme Court against July 17 order saying that the rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to attend House proceedings.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 27, 2019 9:51:28 pm
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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16 MLAs — 13 from the Congress and three from JDS — had resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government.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.

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The fate of Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka remained uncertain as no floor test took place on Friday.

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    23:06 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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."

    20:56 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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

    20:32 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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).

    20:21 (IST)19 Jul 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

    20:14 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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."

    19:57 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    People have been mocking our state by labelling us Kar'Nataka': Belgaum MLA
    19:55 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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.

    19:39 (IST)19 Jul 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)

    19:34 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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.

    19:32 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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)

    19:30 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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".

    19:28 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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)

    19:22 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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.

    19:00 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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". 

    18:37 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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."

    18:24 (IST)19 Jul 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.

    18:12 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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.

    18:05 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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.

    17:53 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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)

    17:27 (IST)19 Jul 2019
    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?" 

    karnataka floor test, karnataka trust vote, karnataka trust vote live, karnataka floor test news, floor test, floor test in karnataka, floor test karnataka 2019, karnataka, karnataka news, karnataka govt crisis, karnataka govt news, karnataka government news, karnataka mla resign, karnataka political crisis, karnataka mla resign today, karnataka mlas news, karnataka mla news, hd kumaraswamy, hd kumaraswamy news, karnataka congress, karnataka congress mla resign, karnataka mla resignation BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa with party MLAs in the House on Thursday night. (ANI)

    The Governor had earlier asked the Speaker to complete the confidence motion process by the end of the day. This was after the Opposition BJP, which claimed that the ruling coalition was trying to buy time to build up its numbers, requested him to direct the Speaker to complete the process Thursday itself.

    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.