Karnataka Floor Test Highlights: No Trust Vote Today; BJP MLAs To Stage Overnight Dharna in House

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday moved a confidence motion in the Assembly as the fortnight-long political drama in the state headed for a climax on the fate of the Congress-JDS government. Facing a truncated strength caused by the en masse resignation of 16 ruling coalition MLAs, Kumaraswamy moved a one-line motion, saying the House expressed confidence in the 14-month old ministry headed by him. Seeking the trust vote, Kumaraswamy said the rebel MLAs had cast doubts about the coalition government across the country and "we have to tell the truth."

By: | Updated: 18 Jul 2019 07:32 PM
18 Jul 2019, 7:32 PM IST
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18 Jul 2019, 7:31 PM IST
According to latest update, BJP MLAs to sit on an over night 'dharna' in the state assembly demanding that the Speaker replies to the Governor's letter and holds a floor test. Assembly has been adjourned for the day.
18 Jul 2019, 6:20 PM IST
Governor shall not interfere in the proceedings of session as per the constitution. I request governor to not to intervene in the proceedings of the session, says Karnataka Congress MLA HK Patil in assembly.
18 Jul 2019, 5:51 PM IST
Congress MLAs protest in Karnataka Assembly with pictures of its MLA Shrimant Patil, who had gone incommunicado and was later found to be admitted at a hospital in Mumbai. Congress has accused BJP of poaching its MLAs.
18 Jul 2019, 5:26 PM IST
18 Jul 2019, 5:14 PM IST
Karnataka Governor to Assembly Speaker: Motion of confidence is in consideration at the house. Chief Minister is expected to maintain confidence of the house at all times. Consider trust vote by the end of the day.
18 Jul 2019, 5:14 PM IST
18 Jul 2019, 5:04 PM IST
We have a fear that somewhere there is an attempt to savethis minority government...., BJP leader and former chief minister Jagadish Shettar told reporters.
18 Jul 2019, 5:03 PM IST
The BJP delegation met the governor and submitted a memorandum requesting him to direct the speaker that there be a detailed discussion without any adjournment on the confidence motion and a decision should be taken today itself.
18 Jul 2019, 4:49 PM IST
As per reports, a delegation of BJP leaders has meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan and requested him to direct Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to hold a floor test at the earliest possible.
18 Jul 2019, 4:47 PM IST
As the fate of 14 months old Congress JDS hangs precariously, the Opposition BJP in Karnataka claims that the incumbent government has lost majority and must step down. It has also accused the Kumaraswamy-led state government of being disrespectful to the Constitution for their greed for power.
18 Jul 2019, 4:29 PM IST
18 Jul 2019, 4:02 PM IST
After a heated session, the Karnataka Assembly has been adjourned for the next 30 minutes.
18 Jul 2019, 3:52 PM IST
Please contact the family members of Shrimant Patil (Congress MLA) immediately. Give a detailed report to me by tomorrow, it does not look natural. If Home Minister can't ensure protection, I will talk to DGP: Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to Karnataka Home Minister MB Patil
18 Jul 2019, 3:48 PM IST
18 Jul 2019, 3:44 PM IST
There was hospital right next to resort where our MLAs are staying, then why was he (MLA Shrimant Patil) flown to Chennai and then to Mumbai for treatment? He is healthy, nothing is wrong with him. It's a conspiracy by BJP: Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao in Assembly
18 Jul 2019, 3:42 PM IST
Speaking in the Karnataka Assembly earlier today, Congress leader DK Shivakumar said that there were 8 MLAs who traveled together, here is a picture of one of them (Shrimant Patil) lying inert on a stretcher, where are these people? I'm asking the Speaker to protect our MLAs. There was an uproar witnessed in the house after Shivakumar's statement.
18 Jul 2019, 1:51 PM IST
18 Jul 2019, 1:56 PM IST
DK Shivakumar, Congress in Karnataka Assembly: Being a former Chief Minister, being the leader of opposition, he (BS Yeddyurappa) is misguiding the nation, misguiding the court.
18 Jul 2019, 12:58 PM IST
If you intend to implead yourself as one of the respondents before the Supreme Court for amending this you are at liberty to do so: Karnataka Speaker
18 Jul 2019, 1:55 PM IST
Congress leader Siddaramaiah in Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru: Till we get clarification on Supreme Court's previous order, it is not appropriate to take floor test in this session which is against the Constitution
18 Jul 2019, 12:57 PM IST
18 Jul 2019, 1:55 PM IST
Siddaramaiah, Congress in Karnataka Assembly: If we go ahead with the confidence motion, if the whip applicable & they (rebel MLAs) don't come to the house because of the SC order, it will be a big loss to the coalition government.
18 Jul 2019, 12:56 PM IST
Karnataka Speaker: This House holds Supreme Court in highest esteem. Let me make it clear to leader of Congress Legislature Party that this Office is not restraining you from exercising any of your authorities. I've no role to play in that.
18 Jul 2019, 1:55 PM IST
18 Jul 2019, 12:17 PM IST
Karnataka CM, HD Kumaraswamy during trust vote debate in Assembly: I have self respect and so do my ministers. I have to make some clarifications. Who is responsible for destabilising this government?
18 Jul 2019, 12:17 PM IST
18 Jul 2019, 12:09 PM IST
Karnataka Congress MLA Shrimant Patil who was staying with other Congress MLAs at Windflower Prakruthi Resort in Bengaluru, reached Mumbai last night, currently admitted to a hospital in Mumbai after he complained of chest pain.
18 Jul 2019, 12:09 PM IST
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18 Jul 2019, 11:33 AM IST
Ahead of floor test, BJP leader Yedyurappa claims Congress would be defeated as it has less than 100 numbers. On the other hand, he has 105 MLAs.
18 Jul 2019, 10:51 AM IST
Karnataka Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy arrives at Vidhana Soudha,ahead of the floor test of his government.
18 Jul 2019, 10:54 AM IST
Rebel Congress MLA Ramlinga Reddy leaves for Vidhana Soudha, says he has clarified his position and will attend the session and take part in the trust vote today. He will vote in favor of Congress
18 Jul 2019, 10:51 AM IST
18 Jul 2019, 10:52 AM IST
Debate on Majority test in Karnataka Assembly may go on for a long duration, sources have said. The government aims that the Speaker allows maximum number of MLAs to speak on the subject, so that the discussion can be extended for a longer time, delaying the final voting process. If the discussion continues till Friday evening, two off days on Saturday and Sunday will provide the government enough time to talk to the rebel MLAs, sources have claimed.
18 Jul 2019, 9:43 AM IST
Karnataka government to face floor test today; Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to take part in the proceedings of the House.

Karnataka Political Crisis: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday moved a confidence motion in the Assembly as the fortnight-long political drama in the state headed for a climax on the fate of the Congress-JDS government. Facing a truncated strength caused by the en masse resignation of 16 ruling coalition MLAs, Kumaraswamy moved a one-line motion, saying the House expressed confidence in the 14-month old ministry headed by him. Seeking the trust vote, Kumaraswamy said the rebel MLAs had cast doubts about the coalition government across the country and "we have to tell the truth."

As soon as the motion was moved, opposition BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa stood up and said the trust vote process should be completed in a single day. BJP is reportedly apprehensive that the ruling
coalition might try to get the debate prolonged as much as possible to buy time in its last ditch effort to shore up numbers before the voting is taken up.

Adding to the worries of the ruling coalition, another Congress lawmaker Shreemant Patil was not seen in the House, amid reports that he has been admitted in a hospital in Mumbai, where 12 rebel MLAs are corralled in a hotel. Also, BSP MLA Mahesh, on whose support the ruling coalition was counting, also did not turn up in the House, amid reports that he was keeping away as he has not received any directions from the party leader Mayawati on the stand to be taken on the trust vote.

In a relief a day ahead of the trial of strength, senior Congress legislator Ramalinga Reddy said he would be with the Congress and support the government during the trust vote. As Kumaraswamy began his speech after moving the motion, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah raised a point of order concerning the Supreme Court order on the Karnataka political crisis on Wednesday, saying it had infringed upon his right to issue the whip.

He said the apex court had made no mention about the whip but said 15 rebel MLAs could not be compelled to participate in the session and the option was left to them to decide. "It (court order) infringes on my right to give a whip under the 10th schedule of the Constitution (anti-defection law)," he said.

Siddaramaiah's intervention led to frequent heated exchanges between the BJP and Congress members. BJP members alleged that the issues raised by Siddaramaiah were an attempt to prolong the debate and delay the trust vote. Congress and BJP MLAs who were sequestered in resorts in the city fearing poaching by the rival camps were herded together and brought in buses just before the assembly began its proceedings.

Congress and BJP MLAs who were sequestered in resorts in the city fearing poaching by the rival camps were herded together and brought in buses just before the assembly began its proceedings. Ahead of the crucial confidence vote to be sought by Kumaraswamy, BJP state president Yeddyurappa exuded confidence that the motion would be defeated.

If the resignations of the 15 MLAs (12 from Congress and 3 from JDS) are accepted, the ruling coalition's tally will plummet to 101, (excluding the Speaker) reducing the 14 month-old Kumaraswamy government to a minority. This is the third motion on trust vote in the assembly after the 2018 assembly polls yielded a fractured mandate with the BJP emerging as the single largest party with 104 seats but failing to mobilise numbers.