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Karnataka Floor Test Highlights- ‘Forgive me for any mistakes’: Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar resigns

Karnataka Floor Test Highlights: The BJP government in Karnataka led by chief minister BS Yediyurappa has won the floor test in the House.

By HT Corespondent | Jul 29, 2019 13:56 IST

Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa-led proved majority in the Assembly on Monday. Soon after BJP won the trust vote, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar resigned from his post.

Yediyurappa was sworn in as the Karnataka chief minister for the fourth time on Friday, days after HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) coalition government collapsed after losing the trust vote in the House.

Ahead of BJP’s floor test, Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14 rebel MLAs.

Here are the highlights:

12:30 pm IST

House adjourned till 5pm

After Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar resigned from his post, the House was adjourned till 5pm.

12:28 pm IST

Karnataka Speaker resigns

“If there were any mistakes from my side please forgive me. I think this is the biggest achievement in my life,” said Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar as he tendered his resignation.

12:25 pm IST

Root of corruption in this country is election: Karnataka Speaker

“Sonia Gandhi called me and said the Speaker has to be chosen and in the coalition we have got that post. They asked me if I would be interested, and I asked her to please check with Siddaramaiah.

Yediyurappa said that though they had put up a candidate they wanted, the Speaker must be elected unanimously. I am thankful for that. I thank all the members of the House and the officials of the secretariat.

I appeal to the House, that the root of corruption in this country is election. Without electoral reforms if we talk about ending corruption it rings hollow. We don’t need money for electoral reforms, we need a heart. We must move a resolution and press the Centre to take it up,” Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said in the House.

12:14 pm IST

Worked keeping in mind people’s view: Speaker

“Over the past 14 months and 4 days I have worked as the Speaker as I was elected unanimously. I worked on the basis of my conscience keeping the people’s views in mind. We must take considered steps when some developments occur. When we get to hold such positions, we must tread carefully to not bring disrepute to the chair. I have worked with this in mind,” said Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.

12:10 pm IST

Supplementary budget passed unanimously

Despite Siddaramaiah’s objections that this was not the ideal time and request that the supplementary budget be taken up for discussion in a separate session, the budget was unanimously passed by the House.

12:05 pm IST

New CM’s first decision is to put on hold decisions of previous govt: Siddaramaiah

After Siddaramaiah’s take on supplementary budget, chief minister BS Yediyurappa requested that the budget be allowed to pass since it is what the previous government had readied.

However, Siddaramaiah stood firm on his stand and said that for a person who says he doesn’t indulge in vindictive politics, his first decision was to put on hold decisions of the previous government. It is not correct. and that the supplementary estimates should be taken up in the next session.

12:01 pm IST

Supplementary budget shouldn’t be passed without discussion: Siddaramaiah

“The supplementary budget can be taken up later. We shouldn’t pass that also without discussion.

I forgot to say. Speaker has taken a historic decision. You have upheld the anti defection law. I thank you on behalf of the people.

Let them call a session next month, supplementary budget shouldn’t be passed without discussion,” said Siddaramaiah after the Finance Bill tabled by chief minister BS Yediyurappa was passed unanimously.

11:56 am IST

Finance Bill unanimously passed in Karnataka assembly

Finance Bill unanimously passed in Karnataka assembly.

11: 55 am IST

Let them bring in a new budget: DK Shivakumar

DK Shivakumar: Let the government do anything, let them bring in a new budget. But what is this three month vote on account.

Speaker: Siddaramaiah, who has presented 13 budgets, has already said that this will affect administration. Please cooperate.

11:53 am IST

HK Patil thanks the Speaker

HK Patil (Congress): We had to discuss many things because of the prevailing circumstances. We thank the Speaker for the decision he has taken.

If we agree to everything because somebody is in a hurry it will set a precedent. It is not a question of Rs 1 or 2. You might have not changed anything in the budget but a finance bill cannot be passed like this without any discussion. It will show the house in poor light. Please discuss it tomorrow and then pass.

Speaker: If the bill is taken up tomorrow and then sent to the upper house and then brought back we have to think about the ticking clock that is the Finance bill.

11:45 am IST

BJP government wins trust vote

BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government has won trust vote in the Karnataka assembly, i.e. it has successfully proved majority in the House.

11:42 am IST

‘Treat rebel MLAs well, else they’ll come back to haunt you’: Kumaraswamy to BJP

“I take immense pride that we passed the debt relief act that received president’s assent. The government must act on this immediately as a government order has been issued. Let’s see how you will run this government which was built on the back of 17 MLAs who resigned, treat them well or else they’ll come back to haunt you. You must thank them first for this confidence motion. I’ve seen the things the BJP has said about the Speaker’s decisions over the past week that have upheld the Constitution,” Kumaraswamy told the BJP government.

11:40 am IST

Lay the truth before people: Kumaraswamy to BJP govt

“Some BJP leader has said auspicious days have begun now that the BJP has come to power and that a government born of sin was defeated. I won’t speak about the achievements of my government, but the way the loans were waived off by my administration, I hope you know the details of that. I appeal to the BJP to at least now put the truth before the people, since you’ve alleged that we failed in delivering on the farm loan waiver,” said former chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy.

11:36 am IST

Yediyurappa should provide proof: Kumaraswamy

“Yediyurappa has said that the administration had collapsed. Over the 14 months as opposition they should’ve spoken about how this happened or where it happened. I will appreciate if they provide some proof of this,” said former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy.

11:30 am IST

‘It’s impossible!’: Siddaramaiah opposes confidence motion

“It’s impossible!” said Congress’s Siddaramaiah as he opposed the confidence motion moved by chief minister BS Yediyurappa. “this government is unconstitutional and immoral,” he said.

“Unfortunately, Yediyurappa has never been chief minister with the people’s mandate. Where is the mandate? You didn’t have it in 2008, 2018 or even now. When he took oath there were 222 MLAs in the house, where did BJP have 112 MLAs to have majority? They had 105 seats. That is not mandate. We hope you will be chief minister but there is no guarantee of that. You are with the rebels can you give a stable government? It’s impossible!,” Siddaramaiah said.

11:27 am IST

You don’t have people’s mandate: Siddaramaiah

“He (Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa) said this government was made on the people’s mandate, that is completely untrue! You didn’t have the mandate. The rebels were called such only by the media. Democracy means you can be satisfied only when you work for the people. So, your government Yediyurappa is not based on people’s mandate,” claimed Congress leader Siddaramaiah.

11:22 am IST

Congress waived off farm loans too: Siddaramaiah

“In the last 14 months, the administration was such that the people appreciated it. But chief minister alone doesn’t make a council of ministers.

I had also announced schemes immediately after I was elected chief minister and Yediyurappa too had given such schemes.

Yediyurappa has said about two installments to farmer beneficiaries. I had announced something similar in the 2018 February budget, called Raitha Belaku. I had also waived weavers’ loans,” Siddaramaiah said in response to the chief minister’s announcement of two installments of Rs 2000 to beneficiaries under PM Kisan scheme from the state’s side.

“So you have only reiterated that. I want to thank you for that,” he added.

11:18 am IST

Siddaramaiah wishes Yediyurappa good luck

“We discussed Kumaraswamy’s confidence motion over four days. I, too, participated in that and I don’t wish to speak about that. I could’ve spoken about the circumstances under which Yediyurappa became chief minister. I wish him well and welcome his assurance that he will work for the people,” said former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah.

“We are all elected to this house to work for the people and we must try to do this. I attempted this in the five years as chief minister and so did Kumaraswamy. However, Yediyurappa has said administration has come to a stand still and he wants to rectify that. That wasn’t the case. In the coalition we worked towards bringing to force the common minimum programme,” the Congress leader added.

11:10 am IST

‘Like Modi I too have decided...’: Yediyurappa on farm crisis

“Like Modi I too have decided to give two installments of Rs 2000 to beneficiaries under PM Kisan scheme from the state’s side.

I appeal to the opposition that we must all work together. I also appeal to the house to unanimously express confidence in me,” said Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa in Karnataka assembly.

11:07 am IST

I believe in forget and forgive: Yediyurappa

“When Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy were chief minister they didn’t indulge in vindictive politics. The administration has failed and we will set it right. I give an assurance in the house that we won’t indulge in vindictive politics either. I believe in forget and forgive,” said Yediyurappa in Karnataka assembly

11:05 am IST

Yediyurappa moves confidence motion

As the Karnataka Assembly session convened on Moday, chief minister BS Yediyurappa moved the confidence motion.

10:55 am IST

3 disqualified MLAs move Supreme Court

3 disqualified Karnataka MLAs - Ramesh L. Jarkhiholi, Mahesh Kumathalli, and R Shankar have moved the Supreme Court under Article 32.

10:39 am IST

Congress legislative party meet concludes

The Congress legislative party (CLP) meeting, at Vidhana Soudha, has now concluded, reported news agency ANI.

10:30 am IST

Karnataka BJP issues whip

Karnataka BJP on Sunday night issued a whip to all it’s MLAs to attend the Assembly session on Monday, where the party is required to prove majority when chief minister BS Yediyurappa moves the confidence motion.

10:15 am IST

All 105 legislators united and together: BJP

BJP’s Karnataka spokesman G Madhusudana told news agency IANS that they were confident of passing the floor test in the Assembly as the revised halfway mark to win the trust vote is 105, and the party’s all 105 legislators were united and together.

The strength of the Assembly has reduced to 208 from 225 after 17 rebel lawmakers of the previous Congress-JD(S) coalition government were disqualified.

10:05 am IST

Pushed into a sea of depression: Speaker

Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said he was being mentally pressurised to deal with the entire political crisis in the state. The crisis, he says, has pushed him into a sea of depression.

“This cannot be a drama or manipulation or under pressure. I have been consistently behaving in a manner that a gentleman ought to behave,” the speaker said, insisting that he had stuck to the timeline he had set for himself. “The way I am being pressurised mentally as speaker to deal with all these things, I am pushed into a sea of depression,” said Kumar.

10:00 am IST

Was impartial, says Karnataka Speaker

Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar had on Sunday said that he was impartial with disqualification of 14 rebel MLAs and that he had to be quick with this decision since he was aside to preside the Assembly on Monday, when the new BJP government will be proving its majority.

9:53 am IST

BS Yediyurappa arrives at Vidhana Soudha

New Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has arrived at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. Yediyurappa led BJP government will have to prove majority in the Assembly today.

9:45 am IST

BS Yediyurappa offers prayers at Sri Bala Vera Anjaneya temple

Ahead of trust vote in the Assembly today, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa offered prayers at Sri Bala Vera Anjaneya temple in Bengaluru, reported news agency ANI.

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa at Sri Bala Vera Anjaneya temple in Bengaluru. ( ANI Photo )
9:35 am IST

Decision to disqualify MLAs, a hurried one: Ex-JD (S) Karnataka president

In an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times, former JD (S) Karnataka president AH Vishwanath said that Speaker KR ramesh Kumar’s decision to disqualify 14 MLAs was a hurried one.

“He has taken this decision in a hurry. He took the decision on a holiday—Sunday,” said Vishwanath.

Read AH Vishwanath’s full interview here

9:25 am IST

5 disqualified Congress MLAs return

Five disqualified Congress MLAs including Byrathi Basavaraj, MTB Nagaraj, ST Somashekhar have returned to Bengaluru from Mumbai, reported news agency ANI.

9:20 am IST

Disqualified MLAs can’t contest polls

Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14 MLAs- 11 from the Congress and three from the JD(S). They stand disqualified until the 2023, which is when the term of the incumbent government ends.

The disqualified MLAs are not even eligible to contest bypolls.

These rebel legislators being can also not be named as ministers in the new government.

However, if fresh elections are conducted they are eligible to contest, said the Speaker.

9:15 am IST

Section 144 imposed

Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar on Saturday issued a prohibitory order to impose Section 144 within a two-kilometre radius of the Vidhana Soudha from 6 am on July 29 to midnight of July 30.

Section 144 prohibits an assembly of more than four people in an area.

9:10 am IST

Yediyurappa keen on introducing Finance Bill

After a Legislative Party meeting on Sunday, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa said that he was confident the BJP will be able to prove majority in the House on Monday after which he would introduce a Finance Bill.

“The BJP will also request the JDS and the Congress to support in getting the Finance Bill passed,” he added.

9:05 am IST

Confident of majority: Yediyurappa

Ahead of floor test on Monday, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa said that he’s confident that the new BJP government will prove majority in the trust vote.

9:00 am IST

BJP govt faces trust vote today

The BJP government in Karnataka led by chief minister BS Yediyurappa will move the confidence motion in the Vidhan Soudha today.

Yediyurappa took oath as the CM for the fourth time on Friday after HD Kumaraswamy’s Congress-JD(S) government collapsed.