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Karnataka govt crisis Highlights: ‘Congress suspended me because I spoke the bitter truth’: Rebel MLA Roshan Baig

Karnataka Government Crisis Highlights: On Saturday, 9 Congress and 3 JD(S) MLAs submitted their resignations to the Speaker’s office and held a meeting with Governor Vajubhai Vala. Independent MLA R Shankar resigns and extends support to BJP.

By HT Correspondent | Jul 08, 2019 23:47 IST
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Karnataka Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, facing a threat to his government following the resignation of 12 MLAs, is believed to have met dissenting Congress legislator MLA Ramalinga Reddy on Monday.

Congress’ lead troubleshooter and Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar has rushed to Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs. The recent minister to resign from the council of ministers is R Shankar, who also extended his support to the BJP.

According to sources, the meeting took place at an undisclosed location in Bengaluru, reports ANI.

On Saturday, nine Congress and three JD(S) MLAs had submitted their resignations to the Speaker’s office and then held a meeting with Governor Vajubhai Vala before the nine of them left for Mumbai by a special flight.

Catch all the highlights here:

8:50 PM IST

‘Why not?’: Rebel MLA Roshan Baig on joining BJP

The rebel MLA while speaking to ANI said, that, he is being honest and there is nothing wrong in joining BJP as it is a political party too.

8:30 PM IST

‘Congress suspended me because I spoke the bitter truth’: Rebel MLA Roshan Baig

Baig while speaking to ANI, said, that BJP is in touch with him as the sate leadership has failed. He said he’ll remain in Bengaluru, and shall not go either to Mumbai or Goa

8:16 PM IST

Bus carrying JD(S) MLAs arrive at Prestige Golfshire club

The MLAs who were staying at the Taj West End have now been brought to Devanahalli.

8:04 PM IST

‘We’re 105 + 2 = 107, yet CM speaks like this’: BS Yeddyurappa on CM Kumaraswamy’s assurances

The Karnataka state BJP chief said that two independent MLAs are ready to join BJP yet Kumaraswamy is firm that the government will run smoothly.

7:54 PM IST

BJP MLA Limbavalli says, ‘We’ll decide our next course of action tomorrow.’

Limbavalli said that recent developments have changed BJP’s agenda from drought and infrastructure.

7:47 PM IST

MLA Roshan Baig says that he’s hurt by Congress’ behaviour

The MLA said that he is ready to join the BJP, according to ANI.

7:41 PM IST

‘Don’t worry’: Congress General Secretary KC Venugopal

Congress MLAs hold meeting Kumara Krupa Guest House in Bengaluru.

7:24 PM IST

JD(S) MLAs shift to Golfshire, Nandi Hills

A bus carrying the JD(S) MLAs leaves for Devanahalli

7:07 PM IST

Rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs shifted

The rebel MLAs have been shifted from Mumbai to Goa, according to ANI.

7:04 PM IST

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Deputy CM G Parameshwara Rao

Former CM and Karnataka CLP leader Siddaramaiah will also attend the meeting.

6:18 PM IST

Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar leaves for Mumbai

Congress’ lead troubleshooter heads to Mumbai to meet rebel MLAs

6:01 PM IST

Independent MLA R Shankar resigns from Council of Ministers

Karnataka minister R Shankar resigns from the Council of ministers. Number of MLAs down to 104.

5: 39 PM IST

Maharashtra Youth Congress members protest outside Sofitel

They are protesting outside the hotel where the rebel MLAs have been lodged

5:30 PM IST

‘Govt has lost majority. CM should resign immediately’: B.S Yeddyurappa, BJP Karnataka President

The BJP state president said that BJP workers will protest in Bengaluru demanding the resignation of the CM. He said, people want him to resign as well, according to ANI.

4:22 PM IST

BJP leaders arrive for legislative party meeting in Bengaluru

The BJP leaders are in Bengaluru for the legislative meeting,

The Congress workers staged protests in the city alleging that BJP was involved in horse trading.

4:14 PM IST

Senior Congress leaders to meet at 7 pm in Delhi

The party leaders will meet to discuss the Karnataka government crisis, according to IANS

3:35 pm IST

Independent MLA H Nagesh reaches Mumbai hotel

Karnataka Independent MLA Nagesh has reached Sofitel hotel in Mumbai where other rebels Karnataka MLAs are staying: ANI

H Nagesh had resigned as a minister in Kumaswamy government earlier in the day and also withdrawn support to the government. He then said that he will support the BJP.

3:25 pm IST

Cong MLA Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter to attend CLP meeting

Congress MLA Soumya Reddy, who is the daughter of Ramalinga Reddy - the Congress MLA who had tendered his resignation - will come to Bengaluru tomorrow and attend the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting. ANI

3:08 pm IST

‘Don’t have anxiety about present development’: Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Chief Minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy told reporters: “ I don’t have any kind of anxiety about the present political development. I don’t want to discuss anything about politics.”: ANI

3:03 pm IST

‘All JD(S) and Cong ministers have resigned; cabinet to be reshuffled’

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy tweets, “All JD(S) ministers have resigned the same as their Congress counterparts. The cabinet will be reconstituted soon.”

02:54 pm IST

JD(S) books 35 rooms in Kodagu

Janata Dal (S) has booked 35 rooms at the Paddington Resort and Spa in Kodagu district. These inclued 10 private pool villas, 7 bungalows and the rest are deluxe rooms. The base category of rooms begins at Rs 9,000 + tax. Pool villas cost Rs 25,000 + tax

02:52 pm IST

‘H Nagesh told me he has been hijacked by BJP’: Congress’ DK Shivakumar

Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar told reporters, “Just now Mr Nagesh (Independent MLA who resigned as minister) called me and said that he has been hijacked by Mr Yeddyurappa’s PA and BJP. By the time I reached airport the flight had left.” : ANI

02:49 pm IST

JD(S) MLAs meet at Karnataka minister’s house

Janata Dal (S) MLAs gather at the office of Karnataka minister and party leader HD Revanna.

02:45 pm IST

Karnataka situation due to Cong-JD(S) infighting, says BJP’s Ram Madhav

Asserting that BJP has no involvement in the political crisis of Karnataka, Ram Madhav said that the current situation is due to infighting in the Congress-JD(S) coalition government, reports news agency ANI.

“’Ulta chor kotwal ko dante’. (it is a case of thief accusing the policeman). Whatever is happening in the Karnataka is happening because of the ambitions of certain leaders of their own party. There are leaders who are engineering dissent in their party. BJP has no involvement. We are just watching,” he said when asked about the Congress blaming BJP for the political crisis in the state.

“The Congress-JD(S) coalition was against the wishes of people. Their infighting has created this issue,” the BJP national general secretory added.

02:37 pm IST

Karnataka CM confident his govt will run smoothly

Karnataka chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy expresses confidence that his government will run smoothly, reports ANI. He said, “ The issue will be resolved, don’t worry. This government will run smoothly.”

02:27 pm IST

‘No directions to resign’: Karnataka minister & JD(S) leader Thammanna

Karnataka Transport Minister and JD(S) leader DC Thammanna said that there haven’t been any directions by party leaders to resign. He told news agency ANI, “ if they suggest, I will definitely resign.”

01:40 pm IST

‘Those not given berth earlier to be accommodated now’: Siddaramaiah

Congress’ Siddaramaiah said, “BJP does not believe in parliamentary democracy. They are always against democracy not only in Karnataka but in West Bengal, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

In Karnataka 2018 elections, people did not give mandate for BJP to come to power. Under the circumstances people have given mandate to Congress and JD(S) put together. 105 is not 113, they cannot form the government.

Those who were not happy that they were not given berth will be accommodated now. It is total reshuffle. New ministers will come and some from the existing ministership might be retained.”

01:36 pm IST

All Cong ministers resigned voluntarily: KC Venugopal

Senior Congress leader and AICC general secretary KC Venugopal told reporters, “ We will fight out legally and politically. All (Congress) ministers have resigned voluntarily. We will take a decision and we are requesting that MLAs should come for dialogue.

Some of them are coming to us and we are confident that those who are disciplined and loyal will come back to us. We will take all legal remedies and measures against BJP.”

Venugopal said, all 21 Congress ministers have left it to the party to take decision on reshuffling cabinet.

01:33 pm IST

BJP used central agencies to destabalise coalition govt : Siddaramiah

Former Karnataka CM and senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah said, “ Independents have given us support. All together we have 120 MLAs. 104 is not 120, magic figure is 113.

They (the BJP) used central agencies to destabilise the coalition government over the past year. Not just state BJP, but also Amit Shah and Prime minister Narendra Modi did this. Many of our MLAs have been promised money, they’ve used I-T dept and ED.”

01:30 pm IST

‘Trend of submitting resignations in Cong started by Rahul Gandhi’

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Union minister Rajnath Singh says, “We’re committed to maintaining dignity of parliamentary democracy. Trend of submitting resignations was started by Rahul Gandhi in Congress,it wasn’t started by us. He himself asked people to submit resignations,even senior leaders are submitting their resignations.” :ANI

01:13pm IST

Rajnath Singh: BJP has no role in Karnataka crisis

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha says,” Our party has nothing to do with what is happening in Karnataka. Our party has never indulged in horse trading,” reports news agency ANI.

12:45 pm IST

At least 6-MLAs, in BJP camp now, to be back by evening: K’taka minister

Karnataka Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan said, “ By today evening, at least 6-7 MLAs of the 10 MLAs who are in the BJP camp are going to come back.” : ANI

12:36 pm IST

H Nagesh boards special flight to Mumbai

Karnataka Independent MLA Nagesh (in white shirt), who has resigned as a minister, boards a special flight for Mumbai.

Independent MLA H Nagesh (in white shirt) boards flight to Mumbai. ( ANI / Twitter )
12:14 pm IST

Congress ministers submit resignations to state party chief

Congress leader Priyank Kharge to HT : “Congress ministers have submitted resignations to Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao.”

12:07 pm IST

‘We welcome Independent MLA Nagesh’: BJP leader

Karnataka BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje: “We welcome Independent MLA Nagesh. We will accept anybody into our party who is from non-political dispensation. We’re not in touch with any rebels of the Congress and JD(S), as long as they are with their parties.” : ANI

11:58 am IST

BJP leader demands HD Kumaraswamy’s resignation

BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje demands Karnataka chief minsiter HD Kumaraswamy’s resignation, saying he has lost majority.: ANI

11:56 am IST

All issues with JD(S) will be sorted out: Cong leaders

Two senior Karnataka Congress leaders - DK Shivakumar and KC Venugopal - on Monday expressed confidence and asserted that all issues in the troubled coalition with JD(S) will be sorted out, reports ANI.

They also blamed the BJP for destabilising the government.

“We can’t speak. It was all indoor meeting,” DK Shivakumar told reporters after a meeting of party leaders at the residence of state deputy CM G Parameshwara in Bengaluru when asked about the meeting of party leaders and some legislators.

“I know what my BJP friends are doing. They are not only looking at my movements but also various other friends,” he said.

He assured, “There is nothing to worry as we all are friends and they will be convinced. There are also small issues and will sort it out.”

Karnataka Congress in-charge KC Venugopal said, “Let us see. We will have confidence. I am confident always.”

11:50 am IST

‘We are in touch with Nagesh’: Cong leader DK Shivakumar

Congress leader DK Shivakumar says “Nagesh was under a lot of pressure from some people. He spoke to the chief minister. We are in touch with him. The resignations have to be accepted to make this minority government.”

11:41 am IST

H Nagesh says he will support BJP

Independent MLA H Nagesh, a minister in the HD Kumaraswamy govt, who resigned from the cabinet and withdrew his support, says he will now support the BJP.

11:39 am IST

BJP leader rebuts Congress allegation

Another BJP leader, R Ashok, rebutted Congress allegation that the saffron party is using the Governor’s office politically.: ANI

11:36 am IST

‘They are in delusion’, says BJP MP about Congress

BJP MP Renukacharya said, “The party (Congress) which tore up resignation of some of the MLAs, is now questioning the prerogative of the Governor. They are in delusion, they are still not able to understand that they can’t salvage the situation.” : ANI

11:14 am IST

Minister and Independent MLA Nagesh resigns

Karnataka minister and Independent MLA H Nagesh has resigned and withdrawn support to Kumaraswamy government. He was inducted on June 12.

11:13 am IST

Another Cong MLA threatens to resign

The Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataks is likely to suffer another jolt with another Congress MLA Monday threatening to resign: PTI

Karnataka Minister and Bidar North MLA Rahim Mahmood Khan said he has informed senior Congress functionaries about his grievances and will take a decision after meeting them at Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara’s residence.

11:10 am IST

Cong gives adjournment motion notice in LS on Karnataka issue

The Congress party on Monday gave an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka, alleging that the BJP is trying to topple the Congress-JD(S) government, reports ANI.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and their chief whip in the Lower House in Parliament, Kodikunnil Suresh, have given the notice. Chowdhury said, “We’ll try to raise the Karnataka issue in Parliament but we won’t reveal our weapons. But it is clear that BJP is a ‘poacher’ party.”

11:07 am IST

All Karnataka Cong ministers to resign: Party MP

DK Suresh, Congress MP says, all Karnataka Congress ministers are going to resign, reports ANI. The MP accused the BJP for the Karnataka crisis.

10:35 pm IST

Cong leaders arrive at Dy CM’s house

Karnataka Congress legislature party leader Siddharamaiah along with some ministers reach deputy CM G Parameshwara’s residence for breakfast: ANI

10:26 am IST

JD(S) legislature party meeting at 12 noon, says minister

State cooperation minister and JD(S) leader, Bandeppa Kashempur tells HT: “We will hold a meeting at the Taj West End at 12 noon. Most likely we will go to Madikeri. This was decided at yesterday’s legislature party meeting.”

10:24 am IST

Congress to hold meeting at deputy CM’s house

Senior Congress leaders, including party ministers, to hold meeting at Deputy chief minister G Parameshwara’s house in Bengaluru.

ANI quoted Parmeshwara as saying that he has called a breakfast meeting of all the ministers belonging to Congress party, to discuss the present political developments & the fallout. He said, “We know what BJP is trying to do. If need be, all of us may resign & then accommodate the MLAs”.