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Karnataka political crisis highlights - ‘8 out of 13 resignations not according to rules’: Karnataka Speaker

Karnataka CrisisHighlights: Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) are busy firefighting in order to save the 13-month-old coalition government, with the entire cabinet resigning in order to accommodate the dissident legislators. Catch the highlights

By HT Correspondent | Jul 09, 2019 21:54 IST

Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Tuesday accused BJP of trying to destabilise the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state.

After the CLP meeting Siddaramaiah said “according to us these are anti-party activities and they (rebel MLAs) have colluded with the BJP. These people are trapped. Even now I request them to come back, withdraw their resignations. The party has taken a decision requesting their disqualification.”

All eyes are now on Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, who has to take a call on 13 resignations – nine Congress and three JD(S) MLAs , and rebel lawmaker Anand Singh who quit a week ago.

Catch all the live updates here:

8:44 PM IST

‘BJP has kidnapped our MLAs and kept them at gunpoint’: Karnataka Congress leader Zameer Ahmad

The legislator also said that 4-5 men are keeping a watch on the rebel MLAs whose phones, too, have been seized, according to ANI

8:30 PM IST

Meeting between senior Congress leaders in Bengaluru

KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Siddaramaiah, Dinesh Gundu Rao are present in the meeting, according to ANI.

7:27 PM IST

‘High level BJP delegation will meet Guv tomorrow’: BJP MLA Limbavalli

Limbavalli also said that the BJP MLAs will protest in front of Vidhana Soudha demanding immediate resignation of the CM.

BJP MLA Limbavalli also demanded the Governor’s immediate intervention.

7:15 PM IST

Karnataka Congress MLA DK Shivakumar to meet rebel MLAs tomorrow

The Karnataka minister will head to Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs, according to ANI

5:30 PM IST

BJP MLAs left the Assembly as speaker KR Ramesh was not present

The BJP MLAs wanted to meet the Assembly Speaker but he was not there at the Vidhana Soudha, according to ANI

5:20 PM IST

Karnataka CM suggests JD(S) MLAs to stay at Prestige Golfshire for 4 days

CM HD Kumaraswamy suggests his JD(S) MLAs to stay back at the hotel for at least 4 days.

5:07 PM IST

‘We’re leaving because he won’t be here today’: BJP MLA Basavaraj Bommai

BJP MLA Bommai returns after he learns that the Assembly Speaker is not present at the Vidhana Soudha, according to ANI

3:06 pm IST

5 MLAs get two days’ time: Karnataka speaker

“The remaining 5, I’m giving them two days time,

Three of them I’m calling them on 12th to meet me personally even though there is assembly

I have called two others on 15th

14th letter Roshan Baig has reached me today and I have forwarded it to the secretariat office for scrutiny,” said Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.

3:00 pm IST

8 out of 13 resignations not acc to rules: Karnataka Speaker

“Out of 13, 8 are not according to the prescribed rules under rule 202 under Karntaka legislature procedure

If they are intent on reiterating their stance, they should do according to proper rules,” said Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.

2:30 pm IST

BJP workers in Dharwad stage protest, demand Kumaraswamy’s resignation

BJP workers in Dharwad stage protest demanding the resignation of CM HD Kumaraswamy and formation of BJP govt in the state.

2:23 pm IST

Rebel Karnataka MLAs back in Mumbai

The 14 Karnataka rebels from Congress-JD (S) and also one Independent who headed for Goa on Monday returned to Mumbai again on Tuesday. According to sources, instead of the usual route of Konkan, they took the Pune route just as a safety measure.

However they were caught in massive traffic jam which was heading towards Pune. After that the Maharashtra BJP leaders, looking after their arrangements, took a decision to bring them back to Mumbai.

However, Hotel Sofitel was ruled and they were taken to Hotel Renaissance in Powai.

2:20 PM IST

Former CM Siddaramaiah blames PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah in his tweet for the governance in crisis

Congress Karnanataka LP Leader Siddaramaiah puts out a strongly worded tweet.

2:10 pm IST

HD Kumaraswamy to meet JD(S) lawmakers

CM HD Kumaraswamy has reached Prestige Golfshire Club, Nandi hills road in Devanahalli, where Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs are staying.

1:45 pm IST

Ghulam Nabi Azad, BK Hariprasad to head to Bengaluru

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and BK Hariprasad will be heading to Bengaluru today.

1:40 pm IST

RS adjourned twice over uproar on disinvestment, Karnataka crisis

Amid uproar over Karnataka crisis and protest against disinvestment, the Rajya Sabha proceedings were twice adjourned on Tuesday.

While Congress members stormed into the Well of the House over Karnataka crisis and blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party for stoking instability, Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders protested against the government’s move to disinvestment of state-owned companies.

“The Congress has eight MPs in Rajya Sabha and we had given a notice to the Chairman to raise the Karnataka issue in Rajya Sabha, but the Chairman did not allow it. We will raise the demand again in the House once it reassembles,” Congress leader B.K. Hariprasad said.

1:25 pm IST

Will stay here for 2 days: JDS leader Narayan Gowda, in Mumbai

“We’ve resigned from MLA post due to lack of development in the state. Karnataka CM travelled abroad without consultation with MLAs, no work was progressing in the state. We will stay here for 2 days and then we will return,” said JDS leader Narayan Gowda, in Mumbai, according to news agency ANI.

1:17 pm IST

Delhi Youth Congress members stage protest

Members of Youth Congress in Delhi are staging protest over the political situation in Karnataka.

1:14 pm IST

We’re not expecting any minister post: Congress’s ST Somashekhar

“Total 10 MLAs (Congress-JDS) have submitted their resignation to Speaker&Karnataka Governor. We are still in Congress party but resigned from MLA post.We’re not expecting any minister post. People of Karnataka don’t like ‘Maitri’ govt’,” said Congress leader ST Somashekhar in Mumbai, according to news agency ANI.

12:35 pm IST

Roshan Baig submits resignation to speaker

Congress MLA and former minister Roshan Baig has submitted his resignation to the Karnataka assembly speaker. So far, 14 MLAs have submitted their resignations, while two Independents have withdrawn their support from the coalition government.

12:32 pm IST

Have decided to stage protest against ‘BJP’s conspiracy’: Siddaramaiah

“We also decided today to stage a protest against the BJP’s conspiracy, against the unconstitutional and undemocratic act of the BJP,” said Siddaramaiah.

12:30 pm IST

Rebel MLAs should not be allowed to contest polls for 6 years: Siddaramaiah

“We also request that not only should rebel MLAs be disqualified but they should also not contest election again for 6 years. That is one of the prayers in our letter” said Siddaramaiah.

12:24 pm IST

Resignations made my MLAs not voluntary: Siddaramaiah

“We also request, the resignations made my MLAs are not voluntary and genuine.

Speaker should be satisfied that it is voluntary and genuine. Under the 10th schedule the Speaker is Supreme,” said Siddaramaiah.

12:20 pm IST

BJP are offering money, ministerial berths: Siddaramaiah

“They (BJP) are offering money and ministerial berths and everybody knows on earlier occasions that they offered money. This is why I questioned where this money came from, who has given this money

With this money and power they are trying to destabilise a duly elected government under the provisions of the Constitution. Some of our MLAs have fallen into this trap. I don’t know if they have understood the law or not, the anti defection law. It clearly says in Article 164 clause 1 and 2.whoever resigns from a political party who is elected under the symbol of the party cannot resign, he will be disqualified and once that happens he cannot hold any office. This is the position of the law,” said Siddaramaiah after CLP meet.

12:17 pm IST

Sixth attempt to destabilise Karnataka govt: Siddaramaiah

“This is their (BJP) sixth attempt to destabilise the government. In this attempt, not only is the state BJP involved but Amit Shah and Narendra Modi are involved. Under their directions the BJP in Karnataka is putting efforts to destabilise this government,” said Siddaramaiah.

“This is against democracy and against the mandate of the people,” he added.

12:14 pm IST

Will seek disqualification of rebel MLAs trying to resign: Siddaramaiah

“The CLP has decided to submit a petition to the Speaker seeking disqualification of the members who are trying to resign their membership.

According to us it is anti party activities and they have colluded with the BJP. These people are trapped. Even now I request them to come back, withdraw their resignations. The party has taken a decision requesting their disqualification,” said Siddaramaiah after the CLP meet.

12:10 pm IST

Yeddyurappa had become CM for 3 days, failed to prove majority: Siddaramaiah

“The BJP in Karnataka and other states has tried to destabilise elected government’s through anti democratic activities.

[In 2018 people of Karnataka did not give mandate to BJP to form the government. It was a fractured verdict.

In terms of vote percentage we got more. JD(S) and Congress put together got 57% vote.

Only because they got more seats did the governor invite them to form the government last year

Yeddyurappa had become chief minister for 3 days. He failed to prove majority after court asked for trust vote, “ former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said.

12:05 pm IST

Ministers resigned as all couldn’t be accommodated in Cabinet: Siddaramaiah

“21 of our ministers have resigned. The reason is that we said after 20 months we will reshuffle cabinet but some people could not be accommodated in the Cabinet,” said former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah after the CLP meeting.

They are all still ministers because it was submitted to the president of the state party. He will recommend to the chief minister

12:01 pm IST

CLP meeting ends

The CLP meeting that was underway in Bengaluru to tide over the crisis caused by the resignation of 14 Karnataka MLAs.

11:55 am IST

14 Karnataka MLAs wait for Speaker’s decision on resignation

Fourteen MLAs of Karnataka’s ruling coalition are in a place about 90 km from Pune and will wait for the Speaker’s decision on their resignations before taking a call on proceeding to Goa or returning to Bengaluru, sources said on Tuesday.

The 14 MLAs, at the centre of the crisis in the JD(S)-Congress government, had been staying in a luxury hotel in Mumbai and left on Monday evening for Goa. But they are presently stationed at a location 90 km from Pune, towards Satara, in Maharashtra, the sources said.

If their resignations are accepted, they may even go back to Bengaluru, they added. The MLAs -- 10 of the Congress, two of the JD (S) and two Independents -- were to travel to Goa by road, accompanied by Mumbai BJP Yuva Morcha president Mohit Bhartiya, they said.

11:45 am IST

Disgruntled K’taka Cong MLAs shifted to undisclosed location in Mumbai

Disgruntled Karnataka Congress MLAs who were lodged in Mumbai’s Sofitel hotel, have now been shifted to an undisclosed location in the city, reported news agency ANI.

Earlier, there was a plan to shift the MLAs to Pune, which was later changed later to Goa, but now they have been put up at an undisclosed location in Mumbai.

A meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has been convened in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Last night, in an attempt to save the coalition government in Karnataka, Congress leaders KC Venugopal, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Siddaramaiah, G Parameshwara, MB Patil, and Eshwara Khandre held a meeting at an undisclosed location with legal advisers.

11:16 am IST

I’m not need if everything happens through postal correspondence: Speaker

Speaker Ramesh Kumar said “if everything happens through postal correspondence then I’m not required at all.”

11:13 am IST

‘Has become Cong’s nature to blame anybody for their failure’: Pralhad Joshi

“It has become their (Congress) nature to allege anybody for their failure. Their MLAs have submitted their resignations to the Governor. We are monitoring the situation and will decide accordingly,” said Union Minister Pralhad Joshi on current political situation in Karnataka, as reported by news agency ANI.

11:05 am IST

Cong MP gives adjournment notice in RS over Karnataka crisis

Congress MP BK Hariprasad has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 on current political situation in Karnataka.

11:02 am IST

Congress’s MTB Nagaraj not attending CLP meeting

Congress leader MTB Nagaraj is not attending the Congress CLP meeting today due to ill health.

10:57 am IST

Yeddyurappa sending his PA to pick up all our Ministers: Cong’s Shivakumar

“Mr Rajnath Singh is telling that ‘we are nowhere bothered, we are not interested, we don’t know about this’ (political situation in Karnataka). BS Yeddyurappa is also saying the same, but he is sending his PA to pick up all our Ministers,” said DK Shivakumar, Congress.

10:55 am IST

‘No MLA has sought an appointment with me’: Karnataka Assembly Speaker

“I am nowhere related to the current political developments. I am acting as per the Constitution. Till now, no MLA has sought an appointment with me. If anyone wants to meet me, I will be available in my office,” said Karnataka Assembly Speaker, KR Ramesh Kumar, according to news agency ANI.

10:50 am IST

‘Confident that govt will survive’: Karnataka Congress prez

“I am confident that the govt will survive & govt will stay. That I am confident about,” said Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao, reported news agency ANI.

10:43 am IST

2 Independent MLAs resigned yesterday

Adding to the Congress-JDS coalition’ headache was the resignations of two independent MLAs - H Nagesh and R Shankar, who were a part of the government. This took the leaders by surprise because both had been inducted into the Cabinet in June to stabilise the government.

10:26 am IST

Congress MLA Soumya Reddy arrives for CLP meeting

Congress MLA Soumya Reddy arrived for CLP meeting. Her father Ramalinga Reddy was one of 10 Congress MLAs who resigned.

10:24 am IST

Congress meet begins in Bengaluru

The rebel Karnataka Congress MLAs who were lodged in a luxury hotel in Mumbai following their resignation from the H D Kumaraswamy government, have now been shifted to an undisclosed location in the city even as the CLP meeting began in Bengaluru to tide over the crisis caused by the resignation.

Earlier, there was a plan to shift the MLAs to Pune, which was later changed to Goa, but now they have been put up at an undisclosed location in Mumbai, ANI reports.

In a last ditch effort to save the government, HD Kumaraswamy and top coalition leaders scrambled to save the government with multiple meetings on Monday and announced that all 32 ministers had resigned in a bid to make room for some of the disgruntled leaders. But the strategy appeared to have floundered with several rebel leaders reiterating their commitment to quit the coalition.

9:35 am IST

BJP to protest in Karnataka demanding CM’s resignation

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will stage protests across Karnataka on Tuesday demanding Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s resignation as his coalition government lost majority following the resignation of 14 Congress-JD-S legislators and two Ministers, a party official said.

“Our leaders and cadres will hold demonstrations in all the district headquarters across the state between 11 a.m. and noon for Kumaraswamy’s resignation, as he has no moral right to continue after the MLAs of the ruling allies resigned and his government has been reduced to minority in the Assembly,” Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman G. Madhusudana told IANS.