Karnataka crisis LIVE: HD Kumaraswamy seeks trust vote, opts for floor test

Amid what appears like a continual stream of chaotic developments surrounding the Karnataka government crisis, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has braced himself for a floor test. While speaking in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, Kumaraswamy said he seeks permission to prove the majority in this session. He said he would seek a trust vote to end the confusion caused by resignations of rebel MLAs while asserting he was ready for everything.

It has been almost 8 days since the whole turmoil started with 13 MLAs of the JDS-Congress coalition resigning.

On Saturday, Congress leader DK Shivakumar reached MTB Nagaraj’s house at 5 am to convince him to take back his resignation. The Supreme Court restrained Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said the matter will be considered on July 16.

Here are the updates:

8:25 am: Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary on Friday voiced disapproval over the “delay” on part of his Karnataka counterpart K R Ramesh Kumar in taking a decision on the resignations of MLAs. He said, “Delay on part of the Speaker is surprising. It appears he has been thinking in terms of getting the members disqualified on ground of their defying the party whip.”

Friday’s developments

Three rebels Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) MLAs failed to appear before Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Friday as sought by him for a personal hearing over their resignations, official sources said. On Friday all three parties moved their MLAs to different resorts. As Kumaraswamy called for a floor tests, BJP also moved its MLAs to the Ramada resort. Rahul Gandhi said, “BJP uses money to bring down state governments. They have been doing that. We saw that in the North east as well.”

Updated: July 13, 2019 — 8:25 am