Karnataka crisis highlights- Supreme Court to pass order in Karnataka rebel MLAs case tomorrow at 10:30 am

The Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government of Karnataka is tottering after 12 MLAs of the ruling coalition handed their resignations to the assembly speaker.The Congress has accused the BJP of trying to topple the state government and dismissed talk of a crisis.The BJP has said it is ready to form the government if the governor invites them but insisted that it had nothing to do with the differences in the Congress-JD(S) combine.Catch the highlights here :

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 03:28 PM IST
3:26 pm IST

Supreme Court to pass order in Karnataka rebel MLAs case tomorrow at 10:30 am

Supreme Court to pass order in Karnataka rebel MLAs case tomorrow at 10:30 am, ANI reports

11:25 PM IST

Deputy CM G Parameshwara Rao calls for a breakfast meeting at his residence

Karnataka ministers from the Congress have called a breakfast meeting at the residence of deputy CM G Parameshwara Rao

9:46 PM IST

Naseem Khan, MLA from Congress alleged that BJP leaders were allowed to enter Sofitel hotel, according to ANI

He alleged that BJP was pressurizing the MLAs and he wasn’t allowed to enter the hotel premises.

9:30 PM IST

Former Karnataka CM and Congress LP leader Siddaramaiah reaches Taj West End Hotel

Minister MB Patil and Deputy CM G Parameshwara Rao have come along with the former CM.

9:22 PM IST

Meeting between CM HD Kumaraswamy, former PM HD Deve Gowda, Karnataka Deputy CM and Congress leader G Parameshwara Rao begins

The meeting is also attended by other senior Congress leaders.

8:53 PM IST

Congress rebel MLA ST Somashekhar remains firm on resignations

He further added, that, MLAs Ramalinga Reddy, Munirathna and Anand Singh will join him tomorrow in Mumbai.

8:46 PM IST

‘BJP is destabilizing the government in Karnataka’: Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge

The senior Congress leader said that the BJP is carrying out simultaneous destabilizing in 14 states where they are pressurizing not only Congress MLAs but also members of other regional parties.

8:43 PM IST

‘We’ll not withdraw our resignations’: Rebel Congress MLA ST Somashekhar

Congress’ ST Somashekhar briefs the media outside Sofitel hotel, Mumbai.

8:16 PM IST

CM HD Kumaraswamy reaches Taj West End hotel

Karnataka CM will address a meeting with JD(S) MLAs. A parallel meeting with Congress lawmakers is being held at senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence.

8:03 PM IST

‘If Siddaramaiah is chosen CM, then we have no objection’: GT Devegowda, Karnataka minister

The JD(S) lawmaker is in the airport meeting CM HD Kumaraswamy. According to ANI, GT Devegowda has said that the Congress is making efforts to save the coalition government. He also added that some senior members will have to resign from the cabinet to make for others.

7:56 PM IST

GT Devegowda says AH Vishwanath will return to the government, according to ANI

GT Devegowda from the JD(S) who is also the higher education minister said, if both parties agree to make Congress’ Siddaramaiah he’s okay with it, and he is also fine if they decide to make a CM from JD(S), according to ANI

7:50 PM IST

GT Devegowda, JD(S), higher education minister, says he’s ready to resign

The Karnataka minister said, he would not join BJP. He said, the coalition government is for the betterment of Karnataka, according to ANI.

7:27 PM IST

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy back in Bengaluru

The Karnataka CM who was in US, reached Bengaluru on a special flight from Delhi and will meet the JD(S) MLAs at the Taj West End, Bengaluru

7:16 PM IST

CM HD Kumaraswamy will meet JD(S) MLAs at Taj West End hotel

Tight security around Taj West End hotel where the CM will meet the JD(S) MLAs.

6:02 PM IST

Congress issues circular, says, strict action to be taken against MLAs who skip CLP meeting on Tuesday

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee has issued a circular asking all of their MLAs to be present at CLP meeting on Tuesday called by CLP Leader Siddaramaiah.

The meeting will be attended by Karnataka Congress-in-charge KC Venugopal and Karnataka Congress Chief Dinesh Gundu Rao

4:28 PM IST

Congress Legislature Party to meet on July 9th

The CLP meeting is scheduled to be held at Vidhana Soudha at Bengaluru.

3:30 am IST

Congress workers hold protest outside Bengaluru party office

Congress workers on Sunday staged a protest outside the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) office here, demanding Congress MLAs to withdraw their resignations for the smooth functioning of the HD Kumaraswamy-led JD(S)-Congress government in the state, according to news agency ANI.

Congress workers were seen holding up placards seated outside the party office. With party flags in their hands, the protestors were seen raising slogans, the news agency reported.

3:28 pm IST

Congress MLAs resigning because of their inactivity: Javadekar

In the wake of the political crisis in Karnataka, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday hit out at Congress saying their MLAs are resigning as they are losing the plot because of their inactivity.

Speaking at the BJP’s membership drive here, Javadekar said, “Congress MLAs are resigning in Karnataka. Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Bhaskar Rao joined BJP yesterday. The whole atmosphere is in favour of BJP and the opposition is losing the plot because they are inactive,” reported news agency ANI

“After the Lok Sabha elections results, the opposition leaders have gone on vacation. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has gone on vacation to the US, Rahul Gandhi has gone there too and RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav has also gone on vacation. But for BJP and Modi there is no vacation,” Javadekar alleged.

2:55 pm IST

Everybody is loyal to the party: Siddaramaiah

“I am in touch with 5-6 MLAs. I can’t reveal all the details. Everybody is loyal to the party. It is not a question of a person being loyal to me. Everybody is expected to be loyal to the party,” Siddaramaiah had told reporters, according to news agency ANI.

The coalition government in Karnataka slumped into crisis on Saturday following the resignation of their 11 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly. The rebel legislators are lodged at a hotel in Mumbai.

2:50 pm IST

Congress leader calls Siddaramaiah ‘thief inside party’

A senior Congress, who is in charge of keeping the flock of legislators together, on Sunday blamed party strongman Siddaramaiah for sabotaging the Karnataka government coalition, terming the former chief minister “a thief inside the party”, according to news agency ANI.

The senior party leader, on condition of anonymity, said Siddaramaiah is “playing games” to wreck the Congress-JD(S) coalition for “his prestige”.

“There are thieves inside the house (Congress). One man (Siddaramaiah) is doing this for his prestige. He is playing all these games. MLAs who are there (in Mumbai) are in constant touch with Siddaramaiah but I don’t know what my party high command is doing,” the senior Congress leader stated.

Earlier today, Siddaramaiah refuting claims about him being the reason behind the crisis.

2:18 pm IST

Know about it only through media: Maharashtra BJP’s Prasad Lad

When Maharashtra BJP Vice President and MLC, Prasad Lad was asked about political situation in Karnataka he said that he knew about it only through media that he is busy with the party membership drive, according to news agency ANI.

2:10 pm IST

HD Kumaraswamy to reach Bengaluru this evening

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will be flying back to India from the US on Sunday evening, news agency ANI reported.

Kumaraswamy had to cut short his visit due to the ongoing political turmoil triggered in the state in his absence.

The JD(S) has called for a legislative party meeting today evening.

Meanwhile, a meeting took place between senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda in the backdrop of the dramatic developments in the state.

2:06 pm IST

JD(S) calls for legislative party meet

Janata Dal (Secular) has called for legislative party meet later today; Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy to return to India later today, reported news agency ANI.

1:33 pm IST

‘I’m confident MLAs will come back’: Congress’ DK Shivakumar

“They’ve (JDS) called a meeting of their party leaders. We’ll also call our party leaders and sort out this issue. I’m confident things will cool down immediately. In interest of nation and both parties we’ve to run government smoothly. I’m confident MLAs will come back,” Congress’ DK Shivakumar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

1:20 pm IST

BJP’s Prasad Lad seen outside Mumbai hotel where 10 Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying

BJP MLC Prasad Lad was seen outside Sofitel Mumbai BKC hotel in #Mumbai, where 10 Karnataka Congress-JD(S) MLAs are staying, as reported by news agency ANI.

1:15 pm IST

Not aware of presence of dissident K’taka MLAs in Mumbai: BJP

The Maharashtra BJP claimed on Sunday that it was not aware of the presence any of the 10 dissident MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) combine from Karnataka in Mumbai.

The JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka plunged into a crisis on Saturday, with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the speaker.

After submitting the resignations, 10 MLAs flew by a chartered flight and arrived at a hotel in Mumbai late Saturday night, sources close to them said.

1:11 pm IST

Siddaramaiah says ‘no threat’ to Congress-JD(S) govt in Karnataka

Senior Congress leader and former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday said that there was no threat to the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government in the state.

“This clearly shows that BJP is behind all these defections. It is Operation Kamala...Everything is fine. Don’t worry. Govt will survive, there is no threat to the govt,” Siddaramaiah was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

1:05 pm IST

‘Wait and watch’, says Yeddyurappa as Karnataka govt plunges into crisis

The BJP has said it is ready to form the government if the governor invites them but insisted that it had nothing to do with the differences in the Congress-JD(S) combine. “Let’s wait and see. I don’t want to answer to what HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah say. I am nowhere related to this (crisis),” Yeddyurappa was quoted as saying by ANI.

1:00 am IST

Congress’ Shivakumar meets JD(S) chief Deve Gowda amid Karnataka crisis

Amid ongoing political turmoil in Karnataka, state Congress leader DK Shivakumar met JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda at his residence on Sunday.

The two leaders met a day after the 13 month-old coalition government of their parties slumped into crisis following the resignation of 11 of their legislators from the membership of the state Assembly.

Responding to the developments, BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday said, “I am going to Tumkur and I will come back at 4 pm. You know about the political developments. Let’s wait and see. I do not want to answer to what HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah say. I am nowhere related to this.”

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