Karnataka political crisis is not showing any signs of relenting. Despite hefty parleys by the leaders of Congress and Janata (Secular) coalition, the rebel MLAs remain adamant on resignation. The 14 MLAs who are camped at a hotel in Mumbai have once again sought police help to block any political leader from meeting them as they suspect serious threat.
Meanwhile, opposition BJP has demanded a trust vote to be held on Monday. The party has asserted that the coalition has lost majority, thus, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy should resign immediately or prove majority via trust vote on Monday itself. The assembly is likely to see a rocky session. Stay tuned to IndiaToday.in for the Live updates.
Here are the live updates on Karnataka Political Crisis:
10:50 am: BJP leaders leave the resort and head to Vidhana Soudha
10:45 am: SC admits plea filed by five more rebel MLAs. Hearing to be held tomorrow. SC, last week, heard the petition of 10 rebel MLAs, who accused the speaker of deliberatly delaying acceptance of their resignations from Karnataka assembly as a pressure tactic.
10:37 am: Soumya Reddy, daughter of Congress rebel MLA Ramalainga Reddy, attends party legislature party meet
10:30 am: Lawyers represneting rebel MLAs Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumtahallli have approached Speaker Office to get a copy of disqualification petition filed by Congress
10:00 am: Crucial meeting of Congress Legislative Party underway Taj Vivanta in Bengaluru
07:30 am: Coalition numbers: The coalition government is on a shaky wicket with 16 MLAs — 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) resigning their assembly membership. Besides, two independent legislators, who were made ministers recently to provide stability, have quit the ministry and withdrawn support.The ruling coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker. With the support of the two independents, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100.
03:00 am: Mumbai: 14 rebel Karnataka MLAs write to senior police inspector of Powai Police Station. The lettar says: We have absolutely no intention in meeting Mallikarjun Kharge or Ghulam Nabi Azad or any Congress dignitaries or functionaries from Maharashtra or Karnataka Congress team leaders or any other political leader. We anticipate serious threat from them and so we, hereby, request to kindly make necessary arrangements to stop these people from meeting us in case the situation arises.