Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar met chief minister HD Kumaraswamy hours before the trust vote was slated to take place in the state assembly on Monday, a deadline sternly issued by the speaker last week, to cease the discussion. For the third day running, the Karnataka assembly debated the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy with the Congress insisting that it not be put to vote till the chair decides on the resignations submitted by the rebel MLAs to the House.The Assembly, already missed two deadlines set by the Governor Vajubhai Vala for the floor test and the BJP has termed it as “delaying tactics”. Kumaraswamy has accused the BJP of setting a benchmark for “immoral politics”.Meanwhile, the speaker has also summoned 12 rebel Congress MLAs on Tuesday. The lawmakers were issued notices after the Congress-JD(S) coalition filed petition seeking their disqualification. The state’s political crisis also reached the doors of the Supreme Court on Tuesday as two independent MLAs -R Shankar and H Nagesh, filed a petition asking the top court to order a floor test by 5 pm today. However, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on declined to hear the plea during the day.Read highlights here:
Karnataka crisis: The Congress’ ploy, senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court , was to issue a whip ordering rebel MLAs to vote in the assembly and later disqualify them when they don’t comply.
Confabulating with Gowda for over an hour in Bengaluru late Tuesday night after a meeting of opposition parties in New Delhi on the EVM issue earlier in the day, Naidu said 23 parties were raising the issue and demanding transparency and accountability.
The Congress in Karnataka attempted to thwart alleged efforts to derail the coalition government with the Janata Dal (Secular) by issuing a whip asking legislators to not just be present for the Budget session, which begins Wednesday, but also to vote in favour of the finance bill.
A statement from the office of Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah said Satish Jarkiholi, MB Patil, CS Shivalli, MTB Nagaraj, E Tukaram, PT Parameshwar Naik, Rahim Khan and RB Thimmapur will be inducted into the ministry.
Three chief ministers from opposite sides of the political divide on Saturday sought solutions to check rising fuel prices other than measures like petroleum products within the Goods and Services Tax (GST) ambit.
JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda favoured formation of a third front to take on the BJP at the earliest, saying there were clear “signals” from PM Narendra Modi and the ruling party to their cadres in states to be ready for Lok Sabha polls as early as in November-December.
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 06:36 PM IST
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Attending the Kumaraswamy oath ceremony will be UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu, among others.