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Karnataka Government crisis Highlights: 10 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs reach hotel in Mumbai

Rebel JD(S) leader AH Vishwanath addressed the media after meeting the Governor as 11 MLAs resigned from the Karnataka Government. The Congress-JD(S) government is on the brink of collapse. Catch the major highlights here:

By HT Correspondent | Jul 06, 2019 23:43 IST
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The Congress-Janta Dal(Secular) government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse as 11 MLAs, eight from Congress and three from JD(S) have submitted their resignation to Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh. Senior Congress leaders are scheduled to meet at 6 PM in Delhi. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy who was on a trip to US, is expected to fly back to Bengaluru by Sunday.

Catch all the highlights here:

9:15 PM IST

Congress leader and Karnataka Minister Zameer Ahmad hopeful that MLAs will return.

Karnataka minister Ahmad says that resignations tendered by the rebel Congress MLAs have not been accepted.

8:48 PM IST

10 rebel JD(S), Congress MLAs reach hotel

The rebel MLAs have reached Sofitel hotel, Bandra.

8:45 PM IST

The 10 rebel MLAs have reached Mumbai airport.

The 10 rebel MLAs have reached the Mumbai airport and are reportedly going to lodge at a resort.

These are visuals from CSM International Airport, Mumbai

7:49 PM IST

‘Have faith that resigned MLAs from Congress will stay with us’: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge

Mallikarjun Kharge is headed to Bengaluru to assess the situation. He said, he has faith that the MLAs will support the party as these MLAs have been associated with Congress for a very long time, according to ANI.

There are reports that 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the Speaker of Karnataka assembly, according to PTI.

7:32 PM IST

10 among the resigned Congress-JD(S) MLAs leave for Mumbai from Goa.

MLAs Ramalinga Reddy, S.T. Somashekar, & Munirathna have stayed behind in Karnataka. These rebel MLAs had earlier reached HAL Airport, B’luru and were to board a special flight to Goa.

7:14 PM IST

‘BJP efforts won’t denigrate India’s democracy’: Cong Spokesperson R Surjewala

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala accused the BJP of toppling elected Governments in Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, and Mizoram and said BJP has become a symbol of horse trading in India

7:08 PM IST

Congress’ Randeep Surjewala terms the resignations as ‘M.O.D.I. - Mischievously Orchestrated Defections in India’

Surjewala terms the Karnataka MLA exodus as ‘M.O.D.I. - Mischievously Orchestrated Defections in India’, according to ANI. Randeep Surjewala also accused BJP for buying MLAs, and blamed the ruling party for trying to bring down the governments across several states while speaking to the reporters.

Meanwhile, KC Venugopal arrives to meet Former CM Siddaramaiah.

The MLAs who resigned are in HAL Airport, Bengaluru and will board a special flight to Goa.

6:49 PM IST

‘MLAs who resigned are on a special flight to Goa’: Congress’ rebel MLA BC Patil

BC Patil, Congress’ rebel MLA, said, MLAs have boarded a special flight to Goa.

6:48 PM IST

Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal reaches Bengaluru

KC Venugopal reaches the capital and will seek to take stock of the situation.

6:25 PM IST

‘Will explore constitutional provisions to form next government’: Karnataka BJP President BS Yeddyurappa

Yeddyurappa also maintained that elections are burden on the state exchequer and the state isn’t ready for elections. He reiterated that BJP has no role in these developments, but they are closely keeping an eye.

6:11 PM IST

‘I tore up the resignations... I’m taking a big risk’: Congress’ DK Shivakumar

Karnataka Congress leader and state minister DK shivakumar said he is ready to go behind bars and asked the MLAs to file a complaint as he tore their resignations, according to ANI.

6:09 PM IST

Some among the resigned MLAs have reached HAL Airport, Bengaluru, according to ANI

HK Kumaraswamy Karnataka JDS chief said that the government is safe for now and assured that the rebel MLAs will come back.

6:07 PM IST

‘We’re concentrating on corporation polls’: Ex-PM HD Deve Gowda

The former PM denied speaking to anyone about the JD(S) MLA resignations.

5:55 PM IST

‘Hope good sense prevails ’: Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar

The Congress senior leaders will meet at 6 pm in Delhi.

Karnataka Minister HD Revanna from the JD(S) has assured that he has seen such incidents earlier and he feels there is no need to react to these developments.

5:47 PM IST

KC Venugopal could offer the cabinet rank to few of the angry MLAs, according to IANS

The leadership crisis in Karnataka deepens and Congress general secretary KC Venugopal who was in Kerala s rushing back to the capital Bengaluru to address the sudden jolt dealt to the HDK-Congress.

5:31 PM IST

KC Venugopal to rush to Bengaluru, meet former CM Siddaramaiah

Congress state president Dinesh Gundu Rao is in Europe. 8 Congress MLAs who submitted their resignations are former home minister and seven-time MLA Ramalinga Reddy, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumathahalli, ST Somashekhar, BA Basavaraj, BC Patil, Pratapgouda Patil, and Shivaram Hebbar. Congress’s DK Shivakumar met 3 MLAs outside the Governor’s house. Reddy, Basavaraj and Somashekhar left with him for an unknown destination to hold talks.

5:26 PM IST

‘MLAs who resigned, did so voluntarily’: AH Vishwanath

These 11 resignations come a week after Congress MLA Anand Singh resigned over alleged differences with the government over the sale of mining land.

Cong dissident MLA Ramalinga Reddy Reddy who quit, said he felt sidelined.

“Congress working president Eshwar Khandre met me and tried to convince me. I have said in the past that I feel I’m big being sidelined and discriminated against. I have nothing against the Congress or the party high command,” he said.

5:22 PM IST

Rebel JD(S) MLA claimed that 14 MLAs have quit the Karnataka Government

AH Vishwanath also said that Speaker KR Ramesh assured them that a decision will be taken by Tuesday. AICC general secretary KC Venugopal is set to arrive in the city to hold talks with senior Congress leaders, including former chief minister Siddaramaiah.

5:17 PM IST

‘There’s no Operation Lotus’: Rebel JD(S) MLA AH Vishwanath

Adagooru Vishwanath dismisses the resignations as a part of ‘Operation Kamala’, says senior leaders won’t fall prey to such operations.

The total strength of the House would reduce to 212 if all resignations are accepted. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, with 105 MLAs, may still fall short of a simple majority by two.

5:12 PM IST

‘The Govt. didn’t take everyone into confidence’: Ex-JD(S) President

Ex-JD(S) President Adagooru H Vishwanath also claimed that the coalition government failed, most notably, in the education sector. The 3 JD(S) MLAs who have quit are AH Vishwanath, who resigned as the party’s state president last month, K Gopalaiah and Narayana Gowda.

4:56 PM IST

Coalition government didn’t meet the expectations of K’taka’s people: Adaguru H. Vishwanath

The former state president of Karnataka JD(S) said that 14 MLAs have resigned from the Government and they have written to the speaker requesting him to accept their resignations. He also maintained that the Government did not meet the expectations of the people of Karnataka and there was friction in the government. He made these comments while addressing the media outside the Governor’s House.

4:45 IST

‘Yeddyurappa will be CM if we form the Govt.’: D. V. Sadananda Gowda

BJP leader D. V. Sadananda Gowda said that the MLAs resigned because they felt it wasn’t in larger interest of the constituency and the state. He also said that was not a part of the Operation Kamala, according to ANI.