Karnataka crisis Live Updates: Kumaraswamy submits resignation, Guv asks him to continue till next govt is formed

HD Kumaraswamy-led Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition government lost majority in Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday. After weeks of suspense, the political drama in Karnataka culminated with the trust vote, which was lost by the Kumaraswamy government.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru police have clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code across the city for today and tomorrow to avoid any untoward incident. Stay tuned with IndiaToday.in for the latest updates.

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09.10 pm: Karnataka BJP to hold a legislature party meeting in the first half of Wednesday. In the second half, they plan to meet the governor. For now, the legislators are at Ramada to celebrate the win.

08.55 pm: Governor accepts Kumaraswamy’s resignation.

08.42 pm: Lone BSP MLA expelled from the party by Mayawati for abstaining from voting in the favour of HD Kumaraswamy government. Mayawati says he had been asked to vote for the coalition.

08.41 pm: The Congress party to hold nationwide protests against “the immoral political destabilisation carried out by the BJP”.

Watch | Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy loses trust vote, Congress-JDS coalition falls

08.39 pm: HD Kumaraswamy has submitted his resignation from the post of Karnataka chief minister. The governor has asked him to continue as the CM till next government takes oath.

08.36 pm: Siddaramaiah: 15-16 of our MLAs violated the whip by abstaining from the House during trust vote, thereby, it is a clear violation of Schedule 10 (of the Constitution) and attracts disqualification.

08:36 pm: Siddaramaiah: I would like to reaffirm that those who have fallen for Operation Kamala will never be inducted back to our party. Even if the sky is falling down!!@INCKarnataka

08.32 pm: Sources: BJP to send observer tomorrow to Bengaluru. Observer to oversee legislature party meeting to be held on Wednesday. Legislature party to elect Yeddyurappa as chief. Sources further say that Yedyyurappa would prefer to take oath on Friday.

08.26 pm: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy reaches Raj Bhavan.

08.25 pm: BJP LP meet in the morning tomorrow

08.18 pm: G Parameshwara: It was a rewarding 14 months of serving the people of Karnataka, despite repeated & shameful attempts by the Opposition to bring down our coalition government. The entire nation has watched in horror & disgust, more seasons of Operation Kamala in one year than any TV show!

08.18 pm: Sambit Patra: Finally the Charade comes to an end in Karnataka and with it ends these 4C’s 1)Confusion 2)Chaos 3)Corruption 4)Compulsions of Coalition

08.13 pm: Rebel MLAs will leave Mumbai tomorrow

08.12 pm: The political morality and values got defeated by the unscrupulous political horse-trading of BJP in Karanataka: AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal

08.11 pm: Tejasvi Surya: The mandate given by Kannadigas in 2018 in our favour, finally comes to fruition in 2019. I am confident that under the leadership of @BJPBSY Karnataka will scale new heights of progress on this development. Together, let us build a SuvarnaKarnataka.

08.10 pm: Shivraj Singh Chouhan: The unholy alliance between Congress and JD (S) in Karnataka was broken today. It was an unholy alliance and it has collapsed. For almost a year, people of Karnataka had to bear the undemocratic government. In the end, greed and lie were defeated by democracy and truth. Congrats to people of Karnataka.

08.08 pm: Omar Abdullah: It’s hardly the death of democracy. As with all post-poll coalitions, this one was also an opportunistic alliance born out of a fractured mandate. It will give birth to another opportunistic government born out of resort/hotel stays & private jet flights.

08.06 pm: Jagadish Shettar, BJP: Their (rebel MLAs) resignations have not yet been accepted by Speaker, after acceptance of resignations they have to decide whether to join BJP or not. In the present scenario, we have 105 MLAs, it is a majority for BJP, we will form a stable government.

08.05 pm: R Ashok, BJP MLA: BS Yedyurappa is our leader. We will speak to the high command and meet the governor tomorrow.

08.02 pm: HD Kumaraswamy seeks the appointment of Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala. He has signed his resignation letter in his chamber in the presence of his cabinet.

08.00 pm: Congress leader HK Patil: Congress-JD (S) failed trust vote. This defeat is because of the betrayal of our party legislatures, we have come under the influence of various things. I am people of Karnataka will not tolerate this type of betrayal to the party.

07.59 pm: BS Yeddyurappa says trust vote result is a victory of democracy. Speaking to reporters outside the Vidhana Soudha, BS Yeddyurappa said that they will soon stake claim to power. “People were fed up with Kumaraswamy government. I want to assure people of Karnataka that a new era of development will start now,” he said. “We assure the farmers that we will give more importance to them in the coming days. We will take an appropriate decision at the soonest,” he added.

07.57 pm: Karnataka BJP sources: BJP will form the government in Karnataka. The party will stitch numbers and meet the governor in the next two days. Yeddyurappa to head the BJP government.

07.56 pm: Mehbooba Mufti on Karnataka trust vote: After all the paid-for lavish trips to influence Karnataka lawmakers in Mumbai, what can one make of the HD Kumaraswamy led Cong-JD(S) govt collapse? It’s a black day for democracy when a country that prides in being the worlds largest democracy watches an elected govt crumble.

07.53 pm: BJP terms trust vote result as ‘Game of Karma’. “It’s the victory of people of Karnataka. It’s the end of an era of corrupt & unholy alliance. We promise a stable & able governance to the people of Karnataka. Together we will make Karnataka prosperous again,” Karnataka BJP said in another tweet after the trust vote.

07.51 pm: What next: If BS Yeddyurappa comes back, he will also have to go through a floor test to prove numbers soon.

07.49 pm: What next: CM HD Kumaraswamy will now tender his resignation to Speaker Ramesh Kumar. Most likely, BJP chief in Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa will come back as the chief minister.

07.47 pm: “It’s okay, it’s an unfortunate incident,” says Kumaraswamy as he heads to Speaker’s Chamber

07.40 pm: Coalition government loses trust by 99 to 105. Independent MLAs and BSP MLA abstained.

07.37 pm: No independent MLA present in the House. Counting done. Speaker will announce the number.

07.35 pm: Ramalinga Reddy and Sowmya Reddy voted for the government.

07.30 pm: BJP MLAs vote against the trust motion. Deputy Speaker votes in the favour of the coalition government.

07.30 pm: No coalition MLA present in the House cross voted. All have voted in the favour of the government. BSP MLA is not present in the House, he has abstained.

07.28 pm: Strength required: After the rebel, the strength of the House if 209, the halfway mark is 105.

07.27 pm: The counting of MLAs standing in the favour of the government underway row-by-row.

07.24 pm: The doors of the Karnataka assembly has been shut and proceedings for the trust vote has begun. The Speaker is giving directions to the officers of the assembly on carrying out trust vote.

07.15 pm: “Whoever has left our party (Congress), they can’t come back to the party no matter what. Let there be a doomsday,” Siddaramaiah said.

06.42 pm: CM HD Kumaraswamy: Power is not permanent for anyone. I’m ready for a floor test. Not going to run away.

06.40 pm: Chief minister: I had a lot of respect for AH Vishwanath but recent developments have proved otherwise. Then there’s K Gopalaiah, who has double-crossed us for a second time asked for protection from a murder case. Please take care of his case (tells BJP).

06:30 pm: Yes, it’s true, I have retained a room in Taj West End. I don’t do any business there. When last year’s poll results came out & Congress asked me to become CM, I was in that room. I retained it because it’s lucky: HD Kumaraswamy in Assembly

06.37 pm: Congress Krishna Byre Gowda to the Speaker: You have omitted somethings. These same people have given it to SC in writing that you ran away in a private car when you got wind of them coming here to resign. They said that you were making yourself scarce.

06.34 pm: “I have already kept a letter ready with me and I am ready to resign,” Speaker Ramesh Kumar told the House as he handed over a letter to BS Yeddyurappa.

06.30 pm: Speaker Ramesh addressing the House: “These rebel MLAs came to chamber and didn’t even seek permission. They went to Supreme Court and then came to me again. I asked him if he wasn’t first an MLA in the House in 1978. I showed him rule 202 and asked him if his resignation in the format. He said the gist was the same. If he did not know the rule why did he submit it, if he did know why submit it like that. And then he says I’m not behaving correctly!”

“People who can’t even give resignation in right format talk about speaker behavior. I don’t know if I’ll be speaker. I’ll tell you this is contempt of the House,” Speaker told the House in anger.

06.15 pm: Wait for trust vote continues as JDS MLA Chanrayapatna shares data on farm loan waiver discussed by the chief minister.

06.14 pm: CM HD Kumarswamy concludes his speech, another MLA addressing the Assembly.

06.10 pm: CM HD Kumaraswamy: “I have increased the budget by Rs 9,000 crore. I have allowed Rs 25,000 crore for farm loan waiver. I also did not cut down any funds allocated by previous Siddaramaiah government to various departments. I don’t need to lie to people today. Anyone go online and see how much money farmers have got due to loan waiver. No farmer in Karnataka has been cheated by me.”

06.05 pm: CM HD Kumaraswamy: I want to thank all my officials today. My finance secretary, my principal secretary. They [Opposition] kept saying it’s an unstable government. Since Day 1, they kept giving deadlines. Is it even a good atmosphere to work? I know all officials, how they worked in the last 10 years. My officials worked day and night. It’s not my achievement. It’s my officials’ achievement.

05.57 pm: CM HD Kumaraswamy: “On social media, people say that I am staying in Taj West End and looting the people. What will I loot there? I was preparing for this. I was trying hard to try and save this government because many newcomers in this house pleaded with me to save this government.

“I am a very sensitive and emotional person. When I saw the reports against me, I wondered if I should [continue to] be chief minister for this. I am hurt, and will happily give up this post (sic).”

05.56 pm: Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar: Today and tomorrow, we are imposing Section 144 across the city. All pubs, wine shops will be closed till 25. If anyone is found violating these rules, they will be punished.

05.52 pm: CM HD Kumaraswamy: In 2004, like today, nobody got a majority. I want to tell the opposition leader that he should tell his workers, who post things on social media. This social media has been brought in to destroy our society.

05.50 pm: Sec 144 imposed at Race Course Road: Prohibitory orders have been clamped at the Race Course Road in Bengaluru where Congress and BJP workers had clashed over access to two independent rebel MLAs, reportedly staying at an apartment there.

05.45 pm: CM HD Kumaraswmay: I am from the film industry, I was a film producer. I’m talking about this because the opposition leader, who hasn’t spoken here at all, has behaved very differently in the past. He has said that Deve Gowda is the reason for this government’s fall. Please don’t talk about him, speak about us because we’ve made mistakes. I’m not saying this because he’s my father.

05.43 pm: Sources say that despite repeated attempts by the coalition and the CM himself, rebel MLA Anand Singh is in no mood to go back to the Congress. Sources also say that he will not go back even if all the other 15 decide to go back.

05.42 pm: CM HD Kumaraswamy: “In the assembly elections last year, nobody got a majority, as Siddaramaiah has already said. I wish to highlight this again because the opposition leader has said repeatedly that this is an unholy alliance.

“I got into politics by accident. I always wanted to stay away from this. My wife also had told me during the marriage that she won’t marry a politician. Now she’s also an MLA. This is just a fact. I was from a film background. I was a producer.”

05.31 pm: CM Kumaraswamy: I want to apologise to people of Karnataka too. If you’re hurt Speaker sir, I want to apologise. I won’t talk about the developments over the past 10 days. Krishna Byregowda has already spoken at length about the legal, constitutional position.

05.30 pm: It’s a historic day in Vidhan Soudha today. It is the first time that the opposition hasn’t taken part in trust motion debate: CM Kumaraswamy is delivering his concluding remarks before the trust vote

05.28 pm: Siddaramaiah: Rs 25 crore, 30 crore, 50 crore, where is this money coming from? They(rebel MLAs) will be disqualified. Their political ‘samadhi’ will be built. Whoever defected since 2013 lost. The same fate awaits those who have resigned this time. It should happen. his wholesale trade is a problem. If there is retail trade of one or two members then it’s not a problem. The MLAs(rebel) who have gone have indulged in wholesale trade.

05.20 pm: Ruckus on Race Course Road in Bengaluru as Congress and BJP workers clash. Congress claims independent MLAs being kept in the Nitesh apartment. Police struggling to control them both.

05.02 pm: The two Independent MLAs R Shankar and Nagesh are presently at an apartment in Race Course Road, Bengaluru. Congress leader and heavy police deployment on location.

04.25 pm: Siddaramaiah accuses BJP of horse-trading: “99% of the state knows that the BJP is involved in horse-trading. You think people don’t know? If you form the government and make them ministers, you think no one will realise. We all feel ashamed at the level of politics today. There’s no space for people with values in politics. But, don’t be pessimistic. Good people should be in politics.

“Governments will come and go but we need to preserve the constitution. Wholesale and retail sale of MLAs is a shameful act.”

04.12 pm: Karnataka Governor’s special officer reaches Vidhan Soudha

04.00 pm: Siddaramaiah addresses Vidhana Soudha: “The coalition government has been in existence for 14 months. The people didn’t give a majority to any single party in the assembly elections last year, it was a fractured verdict. In a democracy, the verdict of the people must be respected by all parties.

“Through their verdict, the people gave Congress 80 seats, BJP 104, JD(S) and BSP 38, KPJP 1 and one independent. So no party reached the 113 thresholds for the majority. However, in terms of vote share, we got 38.14%, BJP 36.34% and JD(S) 18%. I am talking about this because no party had a majority. Our high command decided after the results to join hands with JD(S), and Kumaraswamy became the chief minister. Our combined vote share was 56.44%. This is the people’s mandate.

“When this was the case, the Governor called Yeddyurappa to stake a claim as the single largest party even though we had claimed to form a government as a coalition. We should have been called, it wasn’t necessary to call Yeddyurappa.

“Even though he was given 15 days to prove majority. This is generally not done in a hung house. This is why SC reduced the time given to 24 hours. He couldn’t prove majority, he had to step down. Now Yeddyurappa says that we have lost the majority. I am tired of hearing this. Horse trading began as soon as the BJP was given 15 days to prove majority last year.”

3.30 pm: CM HD Kumaraswamy leaves Taj West End where JD (S) MLAs are residing and reached Vidhan Soudha.

2.30 pm: Youth Congress workers protest in front of rebel Congress MLA Somashekar’s residence

2.23 pm: DK Shivakumar turns oddly nihilistic. “What is the point of all this? We are all gonna die. The maximum one would do is drink two extra-large pegs in the night.”

2.15 pm: “You think I can’t lock 5 MLAs?” thunders DK Shivakumar.

1.50 pm: DK Shivakumar recounts Mumbai ordeal — “My friends who backstabbed me will backstab BJP too. Two rebel MLAs called me and said come meet…I booked a room in the same hotel where MLAs are staying. I wasn’t allowed inside the hotel. I hadn’t taken a shower. Police said MLAs have complained.”

1.45 pm: BS Yeddyurappa: Government lawyer has said in SC that voting will happen today. It’s recorded in SC. That’s why CJI said he’ll hear the matter tomorrow.

1.42 pm: Congress MLA Krishna Byre Gowda: We don’t understand the pain of the BJP, but Nagaraj and others are members of our family and when such a thing happens in a family it is not about holding on to power.

1.38 pm: Congress MLA Dinesh Gundu Rao: Our advocate has argued on our behalf before the speaker in the disqualification petition. These members who have betrayed us will stand to get disqualified. It is a fit case for the anti-defection law to apply.

1.35 pm: The rebel MLAs sent their lawyers stating a need for four more weeks before appearing before the speaker. A delegation from the Congress party also met the speaker and said immediate action needs to be taken and four weeks is too long a time. Congress argued that this is a situation where the anti-defection law applies.

1.30 pm: REBEL MLAS’ LAWYERS LEAVE SPEAKER’S CHAMBER

1.28 pm: DK Shivakumar mock BS Yeddyurappa and the rebels. “I appreciate Yeddyurappa’s perseverance. He failed six times and now he looks close to succeeding. But I don’t know how those rebels will become ministers…yesterday night also I spoke to one rebel MLA. He said brother I can’t come now. There I’ll become a minister. I told him, all you rebels will be sacrificed.”

1.23 pm: “I was shocked to see MLAs who stood in line to resign. I tore Muniratha’s resignation letter. I told them I have the right. MLAs also said DK has the right,” says DK Shivakumar.

1.10 pm: Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar speaking in Assembly.

12.30 pm: “Hope Speaker recognises his position,” says rebels’ lawyer Mukul Rohatgi.

12.15 pm: Speaking for the government, Abhishek Manu Singhvi tells SC: “The debate on the no-confidence motion is ongoing. Voting will happen at the end of the debate. The motion is ongoing. Can anybody escape the trust vote? It will happen. There is a house to be managed. There has been no break. How can SC interfere in ongoing live proceedings in the assembly?”

12.03 pm: SC says we will hear the matter tomorrow in case the floor test does not happen today

12.00 pm: KARNATAKA REBEL MLAs’ HEARING STARTS IN SC

11.36 am: Congress leaders Siddarmaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao at Speaker’s Chamber.

11.08 am: BJP’s CT Ravi mocks the coalition for delaying the trust vote. “Ramayana is over, Mahabharata is also over, Veda Upanishads also done. Will you preach the Garuda Purana today?” he wrote on Twitter.

11.00 am: Despite the rebel MLAs’ demand for more time, Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has left his seat in the House to go meet their lawyers. “I had given time to MLAs at 11 am to come and meet me. Their lawyers have come to meet me,” he said while getting up.

10.55 am: Congress- JD (S) find new ways to delay time. House now discussing demonetization and how it was implemented.

10.53 am: Union minister Pralhad Joshi on Karnataka: “Everyday there’s a new deadline. Unfortunate, it should’ve been completed in one day. Speaker has fully disappointed us and he’s behaved in a partisan manner. Deve Gowda and Siddaramaiah are known for breaching their promises. Speaker has ditched democracy. Today at least I expect, and urge him, to complete trust vote today otherwise people will lose faith.”

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10.45 am: Congress MLA Eshwara Khandre speaking to media, “If the rebel MLAs want four weeks, voting should also happen after 4 weeks. That is when justice will be done.”

10.32 am: Congress MLAs reach Vidhan Soudha

10.30 am: JDS MLA Shivalinge Gowda says, “Our MLAs thought the house was at 11 am. So they’ll come soon. Our MLAs are watching the SC verdict. Then they’ll come to the house.”

Hardly 5-10 coalition MLAs in Vidhan Soudha.

10.10 am: “This isn’t a people’s government,” says BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje.

10.05 am: “It’s the final day for this government,” says BJP’s J Shettar.

10.02 am: On the floor of the house only BS Yeddyurappa and Madhuswamy will speak from the BJP.

9.55 am: BJP legal eagle Madhuswamy says SC is watching the Karnataka crisis closely. “I trust the Speaker. The SC is watching, the Governor is watching. The delay has ulterior motives. The Speaker and ruling party are now tempting the court…If Speaker fails today, SC might then interfere.”

9.40 am: Speaker KR Ramesh responds to charges of delaying trust vote.

9.22 am: BJP MLAs leave for Vidhan Soudha in a bus from their hotel.

8.42 am: The Supreme Court will hear a fresh plea by two Independent MLAs seeking holding of the floor test “forthwith” in the state Assembly on the trust motion moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy today.

8.35 am: Rebel MLAs have sought one month’s time to meet the Speaker. As per one rebel MLA, “I need to consult my lawyer. Minimum disqualification time as per law is seven days.”

8.25 am: BREAKING — REBEL MLAS REFUSE TO MEET SPEAKER. Write to Spreaker seeking four weeks times to appear before him.

8.17 am: Attendance on Day 3 — 19 MLAs did not participate in the debate on Monday, of which 14 were from the Congress, 3 from the JD (S), and the 2 Independent MLAs

8.15 am: Lone BSP MLA N Mahesh says his high command has ordered to abstain from the trust vote.

8.12 am: Speaker says the debate on the trust vote should finish before 4 pm today. He has set 6 pm as the deadline for the trust vote.

8.10 am: Karnataka assembly adjourned till Tuesday without voting on the confidence motion.

Chaos reigns on Day 3 of debate

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar adjourned the House at 11.45 PM after repeatedly reminding the government it should honour its commitment to conclude the trust vote proceedings Monday itself, but an unrelenting Congress created a ruckus towards the end of day’s proceedings.

HD Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara were not present towards the end of proceedings, when Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah told the Speaker, “100 per cent.. voting can happen tomorrow.”

The assembly was adjourned for nearly two hours as Congress and JD (S) members demanded more time to discuss the confidence motion after the Speaker asked them to wind up

The Speaker, who seemed perturbed over the prolonged proceedings, stated categorically that the discussion would end by 4 PM on Tuesday and by 6 PM, the voting process would be completed.

Deadlock continues

HD Kumaraswamy had moved the confidence motion on Thursday to decide the fate of the Congress-JD (S) government, rocked by a rebellion by a section of its MLAs threatening its survival.

The debate on the confidence motion prolonged to Friday, with the ruling coalition defying the two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala — to complete the process by 1.30 PM on Friday and later by the end of the day.

The proceedings were adjourned till Monday after the Speaker extracted a commitment from the government that the process would be completed by Monday itself.

On Monday, after a heated debate which continued till midnight, the Karnataka assembly was adjourned till Tuesday without voting on the confidence motion moved by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy five days ago.

Congress threatens disqualification

Serving a warning to the rebel MLAs, sequestered in a Mumbai hotel, senior minister D K Shivakumar reminded them that they would face disqualification if they did not turn up before the speaker on Tuesday in response to his notice.

Twenty MLAs, including 17 from the ruling coalition, skipped the proceedings Monday, besides two Independents and BSP member N Mahesh, who is supporting the government.

Coalition uses SC case as delaying tactic

Kumaraswamy said the two Independent MLAs had approached the Supreme Court on the trust vote issue. “If they had faith in you, why did they approach the Supreme Court?” he asked the speaker.

“We had agreed to conclude the trust vote process on Monday, but in the light of developments in the Supreme Court and with several MLAs wanting to speak, give us more time,” Kumaraswamy told the Speaker.

Kumaraswamy also said that a fake letter with his forged signature that he had resigned was being circulated. “Similar rumours about me also,” said the Speaker.

The BJP suspects that the voting is being delayed by the Congress-JD (S)government only to buy time to win back the rebel MLAs, whose resignations have pushed it to the precipice.

Will whip apply?

The Speaker also on Monday gave a ruling that a Legislature Party leader has the right to issue a whip. “Issuing whip is your right. Following them is left to the MLAs. If any complaint comes to me, I will follow rules and take a decision,” Kumar told Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, who had raised a point of order on the issue of whip in the light of the Supreme Court order last week.

When the confidence motion was moved on Thursday last, Siddaramaiah had pressed for deferring it till the Speaker decided on the issue of whip in the wake of the Apex Court verdict on the political crisis in the state.

Siddaramaiah had said that the rebel MLAs were influenced by the apex court order that they can abstain from attending the Assembly proceedings and asked the Speaker to give a ruling on the fate of the whip issued by him as CLP leader.

The number game

As many as 16 MLAs — 13 from the Congress and three from JD (S)– had resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh withdrew their support to the coalition government, pushing the government to the precipice.

One Congress member Ramalinga Reddy retracted from his decision to resign, saying he would support the government.

The ruling combine’s strength is 117– Congress 78, JD (S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides the Speaker.

With the support of the two independents, BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House, including the nominated MLA and Speaker.

If the resignations of 15 MLAs (12 from Congress and three from JD (S)) are accepted or if they stay away, the ruling coalition’s tally will plummet to 101, reducing the government to a minority.

(with inputs from Akash Kolluru, Shalini Lobo, Nagarjuna Dwarkanath and Nolan Pinto in Bengaluru; Saurabh Vaktania in Mumbai; Aneesha Mathur in New Delhi)

Updated: July 23, 2019 — 8:54 am