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Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar had disqualified three rebels last week and kept disqualification petitions for others pending. This was a message to the 14 that they too would be disqualified from returning to the assembly for its remaining term if they did not fall in line. (ANI Photo)

With 14 MLAs disqualified, Karnataka Speaker blunts BJP’s counterblow

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUN 06, 2020 06:29 AM IST
Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s disqualification order does, however, end any possibility that some of the 14 rebels could be persuaded by the Congress-JDS team to change their mind at a later date and vote against the freshly minted chief minister BS Yediyurappa.
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BS Yediyurappa taking oath as the Chief Minister of the state of Karnataka for the fourth time in Bengaluru on Friday.(Photo: ANI)
BS Yediyurappa taking oath as the Chief Minister of the state of Karnataka for the fourth time in Bengaluru on Friday.(Photo: ANI)

Yediyurappa swearing-in highlights: BSY-led govt calls for trust vote on July 29 to prove majority in Karnataka Assembly

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 09:21 PM IST

BJP stalwart BS Yediyurappa was sworn in as the chief minister of Karnataka for 4th time at 6:30 pm on Friday evening, three days after the collapse of coalition government led by HD Kumaraswamy in a trust motion. The oath of office and secrecy was administered by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan.Earlier today, Yediyurappa had met Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake the claim to form the government and requested him to administer the oath of office and secrecy on Friday itself. Yediyurappa said as the acting Leader of the Opposition he didn’t need to call a Legislature Party meeting to get himself elected as the leader. The 76-year-old leader from the politically dominant Lingayat community has taken oath as Karnataka’s CM for the fourth time — the last one was after the May 2018 Assembly polls.Highlights

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Kumaraswamy revealed Wednesday that he signed this last order on Tuesday, hours before witnessing his government fall in the state Assembly by 6 votes after 4-day long confidence motion proceedings.(Photo: AFP)
Kumaraswamy revealed Wednesday that he signed this last order on Tuesday, hours before witnessing his government fall in the state Assembly by 6 votes after 4-day long confidence motion proceedings.(Photo: AFP)

Before trust vote loss, Kumaraswamy signed one last order to keep his promise

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 09:39 PM IST
Kumaraswamy was asked by the Governor Vajubhai Vala to continue as a caretaker chief minister till a new government was sworn-in, he was also barred from taking any major policy decisions, like the loan waiver for the landless-labourers.
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The government slipped into a crisis two weeks ago after 16 lawmakers — 13 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) — resigned.(PTI)
The government slipped into a crisis two weeks ago after 16 lawmakers — 13 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) — resigned.(PTI)

‘6pm today,’ Speaker sets yet another deadline for Karnataka trust vote

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2019 08:32 AM IST
Despite assurances by speaker KR Ramesh Kumar in the morning that the vote would be held during the day, the House was adjourned around 11.40pm without the floor test being conducted.
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The Kumaraswamy government has been rocked by 16 MLAs resigning in the last two weeks - 13 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) . The two independent legislators have also withdrawn their support to the coalition government.(PTI)
The Kumaraswamy government has been rocked by 16 MLAs resigning in the last two weeks - 13 from the Congress and three from the JD(S) . The two independent legislators have also withdrawn their support to the coalition government.(PTI)

Mayawati instructs Karnataka lawmaker to back Kumaraswamy govt in trust vote

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 11:09 PM IST
The announcement came hours after N Mahesh, the BSP legislator, said he had been asked to skip the vote by the party.
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Ahead of the floor test, the Chief Minister has called a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leaders at the Taj Hotel here today. (TV video grab)
Ahead of the floor test, the Chief Minister has called a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leaders at the Taj Hotel here today. (TV video grab)

Ahead of Karnataka floor test, BSP MLA says asked by party not to attend

By Asian New International | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2019 05:26 PM IST
Following his absence from the Karnataka Assembly session this week, there were reports that he was told by Mayawati to go against the coalition during the trust vote when it is moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.
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Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy discusses with his cabinet colleagues after Assembly was adjourned for lunch at Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru, Friday, July 19, 2019. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)(PTI7_19_2019_000123A)(PTI photo)
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy discusses with his cabinet colleagues after Assembly was adjourned for lunch at Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru, Friday, July 19, 2019. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)(PTI7_19_2019_000123A)(PTI photo)

Karnataka crisis reaches Supreme Court, after Congress, Kumaraswamy moves top court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2019 06:13 PM IST
Karnataka Assembly Floor Test: While Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and legislators slugged it out in the assembly during the debate on the trust motion, two cases were filed in the Supreme Court – one by the Congress and second by the chief minister.
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BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa (R) and Congress heavyweight DK Shivakumar (L) argue during the trust motion debate at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa (R) and Congress heavyweight DK Shivakumar (L) argue during the trust motion debate at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru on Thursday.(ANI Photo)

No trust vote in Karnataka, governor sets deadline

By HT Correspondent | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2019 05:04 AM IST
A deadline of 1:30 pm on Friday has been set by Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala for chief minister HD Kumaraswamy to prove a majority on the floor of the assembly.
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Yeddyurappa has announced that he will also meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 3 pm today to register protest over alleged tearing of resignation letters(PTI)
Yeddyurappa has announced that he will also meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 3 pm today to register protest over alleged tearing of resignation letters(PTI)

‘It is not late,’ Yeddyurappa tells Kumaraswamy, asks him to quit as CM

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2019 03:13 PM IST
Yeddyurappa’s offensive comes amid frenetic efforts by both the BJP and the Congress-JD(S) coalition to seize control of the fluid political situation in the state.
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H Nagesh, an Independent legislator who was inducted into the HD Kumaraswamy council of ministers in June, has quit the Karnataka government.(ANI File Photo)
H Nagesh, an Independent legislator who was inducted into the HD Kumaraswamy council of ministers in June, has quit the Karnataka government.(ANI File Photo)

Karnataka crisis: Kumaraswamy govt loses support of another MLA, could lose majority too

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 12:29 PM IST
H Nagesh’s withdrawal of support implies that the Kumaraswamy government was likely to lose its majority status once the Speaker accepts the resignation of 12 Congress lawmakers who put down their papers last week.
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Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP State President B S Yeduyurappa with party leaders Jagadish Shettar, K S Eshwarappa and others during the BJP legislator party meeting at the party office in Bengaluru.(PTI)
Bengaluru: Karnataka BJP State President B S Yeduyurappa with party leaders Jagadish Shettar, K S Eshwarappa and others during the BJP legislator party meeting at the party office in Bengaluru.(PTI)

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

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 11:47 PM IST

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:

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On the day after the resignations, it emerged that there were two factions among the rebel MLAs. One faction was of the nine MLAs in Mumbai and the other was of Reddy, ST Somashekhar and BA Basavaraj. (ANI photo)
On the day after the resignations, it emerged that there were two factions among the rebel MLAs. One faction was of the nine MLAs in Mumbai and the other was of Reddy, ST Somashekhar and BA Basavaraj. (ANI photo)

Karnataka coalition leaders in a huddle as rebel MLAs stand resolute

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Karnataka/Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2019 08:30 AM IST
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.
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Vishwanath said some of the MLAs also met the Governor and gave him a copy of the resignations.(AFP Photo)
Vishwanath said some of the MLAs also met the Governor and gave him a copy of the resignations.(AFP Photo)

JDS leader claims 14 MLAs have resigned

By Asian News International | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2019 05:39 PM IST
Talking to reporters after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala, JD(S) MLA H Vishwanath said 14 MLAs have jointly tendered their resignations to the Speaker and requested him to accept them.
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Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who belongs to the JD(S), is away in the US and is expected to fly back to the country on Sunday.(PTI PHOTO.)
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, who belongs to the JD(S), is away in the US and is expected to fly back to the country on Sunday.(PTI PHOTO.)

Kumaraswamy to cut short his US visit as 11 Karnataka MLAs quit

By Asian News International | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2019 05:16 PM IST
On a day of high drama, eight of the coalition MLAs went to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala, while three Congress MLAs went to the residence of Energy Minister D K Shivkumar, who has mounted efforts to wean away the dissidents and persuade them to withdraw their resignations.
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Bengaluru: BJP legislators raise slogans as Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala addresses the joint session of Assembly on the first day of the Budget Session at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru, Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019.(AP)
Bengaluru: BJP legislators raise slogans as Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala addresses the joint session of Assembly on the first day of the Budget Session at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru, Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019.(AP)

BJP, Congress set for budget day standoff in Karnataka

By Vikram Gopal | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 11:21 AM IST
The 2019 budget for Karnataka is set to be read out amid protests by the BJP, whose legislators entered the well of the House for a second day, having ensured on Wednesday that governor Vajubhai Vala cut short his address to the joint sitting of both Houses.
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Bengaluru: BJP legislators protest as Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala leaves after addressing the joint session of Assembly on the first day of the Budget Session at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru, Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak) (PTI2_6_2019_000109B)(PTI)
Bengaluru: BJP legislators protest as Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala leaves after addressing the joint session of Assembly on the first day of the Budget Session at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru, Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak) (PTI2_6_2019_000109B)(PTI)

Four Karnataka Congress MLAs refuse to budge despite issuing whip

By Vikram Gopal | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2019 09:13 AM IST
The four MLAs have refused to bow to the party’s diktat, having already skipped a Congress legislature party meeting last month.
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Karnataka assembly witnessed pandemonium on Wednesday during Governor Vajubhai Vala’s speech with the BJP MLAs shouting slogans against the government.(Photo: Twitter/@ANI)
Karnataka assembly witnessed pandemonium on Wednesday during Governor Vajubhai Vala’s speech with the BJP MLAs shouting slogans against the government.(Photo: Twitter/@ANI)

Cong plays down ‘rebellion’ in Karnataka after 4 defiant MLAs skip assembly session

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 06:35 PM IST
On the opening day of the budget session in Karnataka, four Congress MLAs remained absent from the assembly on Wednesday.
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Two ministers — Ramesh Jarkiholi (municipal administration) and R Shankar (forest and environment) — are likely to be dropped from the Kumaraswamy cabinet, official sources said.(PTI/File Photo)
Two ministers — Ramesh Jarkiholi (municipal administration) and R Shankar (forest and environment) — are likely to be dropped from the Kumaraswamy cabinet, official sources said.(PTI/File Photo)

Kumaraswamy expands cabinet, 8 Congress leaders inducted as Karnataka ministers

By Press Trust of India | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2018 06:23 PM IST
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.
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Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parmeshwara and Janta Dal (secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy along with other party leaders after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhawan in Bengaluru.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G Parmeshwara and Janta Dal (secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy along with other party leaders after meeting Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhawan in Bengaluru.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)

Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha moves SC over invitation to Congress-JD(S) to form govt in Karnataka

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2018 09:00 AM IST
Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha in its plea has sought quashing of the Karnataka Governor’s communication inviting Kumaraswamy to form government.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi meet Karnataka CM-designate HD Kumaraswamy at Tughlak Lane in New Delhi.(HT Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi meet Karnataka CM-designate HD Kumaraswamy at Tughlak Lane in New Delhi.(HT Photo)

Karnataka highlights: Kumaraswamy and Rahul Gandhi discuss ‘matters of mutual interest’ at Delhi meet

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2018 07:24 AM IST
HD Kumaraswamy is set to take oath as Karnataka chief minister on Wednesday, but negotiations are continuing on who will hold what portfolio in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government. Follow live updates here:
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Tamil actor Rajinikanth gestures at an event where he unveiled a statue of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MG Ramachandran at Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai.(PTI File Photo)
Tamil actor Rajinikanth gestures at an event where he unveiled a statue of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MG Ramachandran at Dr MGR Educational and Research Institute in Chennai.(PTI File Photo)

Karnataka development a victory for democracy, says Rajinikanth

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Chennai
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2018 06:18 PM IST
Dubbing as “farcical” the time of 15 days given by Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala to Yeddyurappa to prove his majority, the Tamil superstar, who is set to enter politics, said that it should not have been done.
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Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi during a press conference at AICC, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, May 19, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi during a press conference at AICC, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, May 19, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court decision to shut 15-day window changed the game, says Singhvi

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 11:44 PM IST
Singhvi, one of the Congress’ legal brains, swiftly lodged a petition challenging governor Vajubhai Vala’s invitation to Yeddyurappa to form the government after the BJP emerged as the single largest party from the May 12 assembly elections, but fell short of a majority.
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Sanjay Nirupam along with Congress Party member celebrate MRCC, after the Karnataka CM Yeddurappa resign's in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, May 19, 2018.(HT Photo)
Sanjay Nirupam along with Congress Party member celebrate MRCC, after the Karnataka CM Yeddurappa resign's in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, May 19, 2018.(HT Photo)

Sanjay Nirupam compares Karnataka Governor to dog, apologises later

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 11:03 PM IST
Nirupam had organised a protest against the May 17 decision Vala to invite the BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa to form the government in neighbouring Karnataka.
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Outgoing Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah (C) and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H. D. Kumaraswamy (R) speak with the media outside the governor's house in Bengaluru, India, May 15, 2018.(REUTERS Photo)
Outgoing Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah (C) and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H. D. Kumaraswamy (R) speak with the media outside the governor's house in Bengaluru, India, May 15, 2018.(REUTERS Photo)

Karnataka floor test: We are awaiting governor’s invite, says JD(S) leader Kumaraswamy

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 06:44 PM IST
Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday said the Congress-JDS combine was not in a hurry and was awaiting an invitation from the Karnataka governor for government
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Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala made a wilful and terrible mistake by swearing in B S Yeddyurappa as chief minister(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala made a wilful and terrible mistake by swearing in B S Yeddyurappa as chief minister(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Opinion: Should Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala resign now?

UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2018 04:35 PM IST
That would not only be the honourable thing to do but also the only way of resurrecting the badly damaged image of the institution of Governor in Karnataka
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BJP legislator KG Bopaiah (left) takes oath as pro-tem Speaker ahead of the floor test in Bengaluru on Friday.(PTI Photo)
BJP legislator KG Bopaiah (left) takes oath as pro-tem Speaker ahead of the floor test in Bengaluru on Friday.(PTI Photo)

BJP’s Bopaiah remains as pro-tem Speaker in Karnataka assembly

By Ashok Bagriya | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 04:23 PM IST
The Congress had moved the Supreme Court on Friday night after Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala appointed Bopaiah as the pro-tem speaker.
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Karnataka chief ministerial BS Yeddyurappa(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Karnataka chief ministerial BS Yeddyurappa(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

Yeddyurappa’s fate as Karnataka CM to be decided in floor test today

By Agencies | Bengaluru
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2018 02:39 PM IST
The BJP is confident it has the numbers to win the floor test even though it has to fill a gap of eight votes to cross the majority mark in the Karnataka assembly.
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JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy speaks to media after meeting with governor Vajubhai Vala in Bengaluru on Saturday.(PTI Photo)
JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy speaks to media after meeting with governor Vajubhai Vala in Bengaluru on Saturday.(PTI Photo)

Karnataka Highlights: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says Congress celebrating a ‘victory of jugaad’

By Venkatesha Babu and Ashok Bagriya | Hindustan Times, Bengaluru/New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2018 07:37 AM IST
BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa resigned as Karnataka chief minister on Saturday, electing not to face a Supreme-Court ordered trust vote in the assembly, sparking celebrations within Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular). Here are the highlights:
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(From right) Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore receives a memorandum addressed to the President from state Congress president Sunil Jakhar, CM Capt Amarinder Singh, and ministers, including Brahm Mohindra and Navjot Singh Sidhu, at the Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Friday(HT Photo)
(From right) Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore receives a memorandum addressed to the President from state Congress president Sunil Jakhar, CM Capt Amarinder Singh, and ministers, including Brahm Mohindra and Navjot Singh Sidhu, at the Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh on Friday(HT Photo)

Punjab Congress seeks Karnataka governor’s removal over ‘partisan’ act

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2018 10:44 PM IST
The Karnataka governor invited the BJP to form the government despite the fact that it did not win a majority in the recent assembly polls there.
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Opposition Congress members during a press conferance in Meghalaya to protest against the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as chief minister following a split verdict in the state.(HT Photo)
Opposition Congress members during a press conferance in Meghalaya to protest against the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's decision to invite BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa to take oath as chief minister following a split verdict in the state.(HT Photo)

Congress, NPF demand ‘Karnataka justice’ in three Northeast states

By Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2018 10:29 PM IST
In Manipur, a Congress delegation met the governor and submitted a memorandum demanded that the BJP-led government be dismissed.
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