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:
3.01 pm: BJP ups the ante, demands trust vote on Monday
BS Yeddyurappa, BJP state president: We have no objection to No Confidence Motion. We will wait until Monday. On Monday, we are ready to face the No Confidence Motion. #Karnataka pic.twitter.com/Ws6jXTPHnv
ANI (@ANI) July 13, 2019
2:41 pm: Rebel Congress-JDS Karnataka MLAs including Ramesh Jarkiholi visited Sai Baba temple in Shirdi.
2:29 pm: BJP MLAs staying at Ramada hotel in Bengaluru held a lunch meeting with party state president BS Yeddyurappa.
2:02 pm: Rebel MLAs from Karnataka speaking to india today said there is nothing to repent. They said, “We are firm on our stand and and soon the new govt is coming in karnataka.”
1:58 pm: Deputy Chief Minister and Bengaluru Development Minister Dr G Parameshwara tweeted that he is sure that MTB Nagaraj and other MLAs will reconsider their resignations.
Veteran leaders like MTB Nagaraj are integral part of our Congress family. Differences & discontentments arise naturally within families but they are also sorted out within the family itself. I’m confident he and other MLAs will reconsider their resignations & back our government
Dr. G Parameshwara (@DrParameshwara) July 13, 2019
1:40 pm: The plea filed by the five Karnataka MLAs says disqualification proceedings are being used to threaten and coerce MLAs.
1:38 pm: Independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh, who took back their support from the Congress-JDS Government on July 8 have written a letter to the Speaker. They have asked him to arrange their seating in the opposition benches in the assembly.
1:36 pm: Meeting is taking place at Siddaramaiah’s house. Apart from MTB Nagaraj, G Parameshwara, Zameer Ahmed, Dinesh Gundu Rao and Krishna Byre Gowda are also present in the meeting.
1:32 pm: Maharashtra youth congress is protesting against BJP govt and is passing a message to rebel congress MLAs to have faith and patience.
1:22 pm: MTB Nagaraj has arrived to meet Siddaramaiah at his residence. He earlier met Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and DK Shivakumar.
1:20 pm: The ruling Congress in Puducherry announced that it would stage a protest on Sunday against the nasty political game of the BJP in Karnataka and Goa. PWD Minister and PCC leader A Namassivayam alleged in a release that the BJP was indulging in a nasty game to disturb democracy.
1:10 pm: Munirathna, MTB Nagaraj, DR Sudhakar, Roshan Baig, Anand singhare the MLAs who approached SC today.
1:07 pm: MTB Nagaraj is going to Siddaramaiah’s residence.
12.55 pm: Chartered flight carrying MLAs lands at Shirdi airport.
12.50 pm: Five more Karnataka MLAs move before Supreme Court seeking relief. They say that their resignations should be considered.
12.40 pm: BJP issues clarification: “There are reports in some section of the media that national BJP President Sri Amit Shah took Sri Muralidhar Rao, party’s national general secretary to task for meeting JDS leader a few days back. This report is plain rubbish; absolutely baseless, malicious and far from truth.”
12.38 pm: First charter plane carrying security personnel of rebel MLAs has arrived at Shirdi airport.
12:23 pm: The rebel Karnataka MLAs will return back from Shirdi today at 4 pm.
12:21 pm: Yeddyurappa has reached Ramada resort but refused to speak to the media.
12:09 pm: DK Shivakumar said, “We should live together and die together because we have worked for 40 years for the party, there are ups and downs in every family. We should forget everything and move forward. Happy that MTB Nagaraj (rebel MLA) has assured us he will stay with us.”
11:50 am: MTB Nagaraj has stated that the situation was such that they submitted their resignations. He said, “DK Shivakumar and others came and requested us to withdraw resignations, I will speak to K Sudhakar Rao and then see what is to be done, after all, I have spent decades in Congress.”
11:43 am: Commenting on the developments, BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa said these efforts would not yield any result as the fall of the government was “imminent”.
“There’s confusion in Congress and JD(S) due to which the MLAs are fleeing the party. A systematic conspiracy is going on to bring the MLAs back,” Yeddyurappa told reporters here.
11:33 am: Congress’s troubleshooter and Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar reached the residence of Housing Minister MTB Nagaraj at about 5 am and camped there for almost four-and-a-half hours, trying to pacify him. Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara too reached Nagaraj’s house to convince him to withdraw the resignation.
10:59 am: The rebel Congress-JDS Karnataka MLAs are leaving for Shirdi from Mumbai airport.
10:27 am: Speaking on the Congress lawmakers quitting in various states, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the grand old party was giving a helping hand in the saffron party’s membership drive.
“In various states, the people’s representatives and leaders of the congress are joining the BJP. Congress has become a party engaged in increasing the membership of the BJP,” he said at a function here.
9:53 am: Congress moved its MLAs to Taj Yeshwantpur in Bengaluru, yesterday.
9:38 am: Four Karnataka MLAs – Rebels B C Patil, Shivram Hebbar, Byrathi Basavraj,and ST Somashekar, visited the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai. They had come back to Mumbai late on Thursday night after submitting their resignations to the Speaker. Talking to India Today after the darshan , BC Patil said that they have sought blessings for success in their mission Patil also said that they will abide by the orders of the Apex court.
9:03 am: Deputy CM G Parameshwara has also reached MTB Nagaraj’s house.
8:52 am: State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa told reporters that his party would decide its strategy on the basis of Kumaraswamy’s speech on the proposed trust vote. “As a Chief Minister, he has made a statement, how can I say no to it. It is left to him. We will decide on the basis of what the Chief Minister speaks when he seeks the trust vote,” the BJP veteran said.
8:31 am: On Friday, the Supreme Court restrained the Karnataka Speaker from taking any decision till Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs – Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, BC Patil, ST Somashekhar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, AH Vishwanath and Narayana Gowd. These MLAs then moved the apex court alleging that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations.
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.”
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.”