During the resumed debate on motion of confidence moved by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, Yeddyurappa told Siddaramaiah, the Congress Legislature Party leader, that the whip he has issued against the rebel MLAs has no value.
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:
Yeddyurappa, who had been busy in hectic meetings withsenior party colleagues and legislators strategising as the wobbly coalition government headed by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is on the brink of collapse, Tuesday spent most part of the day at a resort near Yelahanka.
Kumaraswamy, who is holidaying in the United States, blamed the BJP for the exit of lawmakers from his alliance partner, Congress’s party, but underscored that the BJP’s effort to get lawmakers to cross sides and pull down his government would remain a dream.
Signalling possible political instability in the state after the Lok Sabha poll results, the former Chief Minister said differences between Congress and JD(S) wouldincrease after the results are out on May 23.
Gowda had said in a recent interview that unlike BJP veteran LK Advani, he is not going to retire from active politics and that if Congress president Rahul Gandhi becomes the Prime Minister of the country, he will be sitting by his side.
Two days ahead of a meeting of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government’s coordination committee to discuss the expansion of the state cabinet, senior Congress leader Satish Jarkiholi’s visit to a resort in Belagavi district have sparked rumors of unrest within the party.
The ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka faces a litmus test as three Lok Sabha and two assembly constituencies went to bypolls on Saturday, the outcome of which is expected to have a bearing on the state’s political scene.The bypolls are for three Lok Sabha seats, Ballari, Shivamogga and Mandya, and for the Ramanagara and Jamkhandi assembly segments.In a major embarrassment for the BJP, two days before the bypoll, its Ramanagara candidate against chief minister HD Kumaraswamy’s wife quit the contest on Thursday and returned to the Congress.Here are the updates:
BJP Karnataka chief Yeddyurappa says a Cabinet note was prepared by his government on the proposed farm loan waiver of Rs1 lakh per farmer and other schemes, but the Centre asked him to wait another day.
Ahead of a floor test in the Karnataka assembly, BS Yeddyurappa resigned saying that the people had rejected Congress and JDS in the polls, but they formed an opportunistic alliance against the popular mandate.
In the tape, released hours ahead of the crucial Karnataka trust vote, Yeddyurappa is allegedly heard speaking to Congress MLA from Hirekerur BC Patil over phone. HT Couldn’t independently verify the authenticity of the clip.
The Congress also attacked Karnataka Governor, accusing him of encountering Constitution twice, first by inviting the BJP to form government on Wednesday and allowing Yeddyurappa to take oath on Thursday while a matter in this connection is set to be heard on Friday by the SC.
Updated on May 17, 2018 05:57 PM IST
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