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Karnataka news and updates: All BJP MLAs to protest outside Assembly tomorrow demanding Kumaraswamy's resignation

Karnataka LIVE News and updates: Addressing the media, Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said, 'It's time for HD Kumaraswamy to resign. All 105 MLAs will protest tomorrow (Wednesday) by 11 am at the Gandhi Statue in Vidhana Soudha to demand his resignation.'

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Karnataka news and updates: All BJP MLAs to protest outside Assembly tomorrow demanding Kumaraswamy's resignation
  • Karnataka govt — on the brink of collapse after a rebellion from a section of MLAs — took several measures to retain a majority in the state Assembly

  • All the ministers from Congress and JD(S) quit

  • Meanwhile, BJP held a legislative party meeting, during which it decided to wait for two more days before deciding on its course of action

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July 09, 2019 - 21:29 (IST)

Azad, Hariprasad in Bengaluru to handle crisis

Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and BK Hariprasad have been sent to Bengaluru by the Congress high command. They both are now huddled with Siddaramiah, Parameshwara, Gundu Rao and Venugopal at KK guest house in the city. 

Watchers in the Congress camp are waiting with bated breath. Karnataka Congress always had strong leaders, but this time Azad had to be brought in from Delhi to deal with the situation. The second line leaders of the party, privy to the happenings at the guest house, said on conditions of anonymity that, general secretary in-charge of Karnataka KC Venugopal was more accepted than Azad.

To what extent his presence will be to tide over the impasse is a matter of great interest to the party. This exercise might not work as the JD(S) leadership is keeping itself away from the impasse and the  HD Kumaraswamy was giving nonchalant statements. HDK and his flock must call a joint meeting of the coalition partners and sort it out threadbare. 

By M Rahuram/101Reporters

July 09, 2019 - 19:51 (IST)

HDK, Shivakumar hold meeting
As the political turmoil reaches its peak, the two coalition partners are carrying on with their normal routine. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and DK Shivakumar held a meeting of the Board of Directors of Krishna Bhagya, Water Corporation, Kaveri Irrigation Corporation and Karnataka Irrigation Corporation at the chief minister home office, Krishna. 

By Sowmya Rani/101Reporters

July 09, 2019 - 19:49 (IST)

We were made fold hands in front of people in power: Rebel Congress MLA
“If Siddaramiah and DK Shivakumar threaten us with disqualification, we may have to resign from the party, right now we have only resigned as MLAs, if things do not augur well, we have told Shivakumar and Siddaramaiah that we may even have to resign from the Congress. We are not held by anybody at gunpoint," Yashwanthpura MLA ST Somashekar said.

“All the MLAs of JD(S) and Congress who have been camping in Mumbai have revealed that many MLAs were made to stand with folded hands in front of those people in power, which is humiliating, our voters in our respective constituencies  do ask us why not even one developmental work has happened. For example, in Haveri constituency not even one developmental work has been taken up,” Somashekar said.

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July 09, 2019 - 19:47 (IST)

Moily sees serious trouble if MLAs don’t return

Ex-MP and former chief minister M Veerappa Moily has said the political situation prevailing in Karnataka is highly volatile “whether or not the Assembly session will be able to be in order on 12 July is a matter of immense intrigue". "If the MLAs who have resigned did not show up on the opening day in the case of the opposition moving no confidence motion, serious problems will surface. The impasse will be deeper just like the case of Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu," he said.

Moily said that the Speaker of the House has many options, one of them is the invoke the provisions of the anti-defection law under Section 164 and its sub-clauses.
 

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July 09, 2019 - 18:29 (IST)
Azad, Hariprasad rush to Bengaluru as Karnataka crisis deepens
As the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka plunges into more trouble, the Congress on Tuesday rushed senior leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and BK Hariprasad to Bengaluru to solve the differences.
 
Sources said UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi asked the leaders to mitigate the crisis in the southern state and save the government. Azad was the one who along with Ashok Gehlot stitched together the coalition government in Karnataka in 2018. 
 
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July 09, 2019 - 17:37 (IST)

BJP to protest tomorrow to seek Kumaraswamy's resignation

Addressing the media, Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said, "It's time for HD Kumaraswamy to resign. All 105 MLAs will protest tomorrow (Wednesday) by 11 am at the Gandhi Statue in Vidhana Soudha to demand his resignation."

July 09, 2019 - 17:32 (IST)

Visuals from Vidhana Soudha, where BJP MLAs had earlier come to meet Speaker

July 09, 2019 - 17:21 (IST)

JD(S) MLAs likely to be at Bengaluru club for at least four days

Sources told ANI that Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy has suggested JD(S) MLAs to be at Prestige Golfshire Club in Bengaluru for at least four days. The MLAs were moved to the club on Monday in a bid to keep the flock together. The JD(S) had reportedly booked rooms at a resort in Kodagu, but later changed the venue. 

July 09, 2019 - 16:59 (IST)

BJP MLAs fail to meet Speaker at Vidhan Soudha

A few BJP MLAs had gone to Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru to meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker, but were unable to meet the him. BJP MLA Basavaraj Bommai said, "We had come to meet the Speaker and he is not there. We have got a message that he is not coming today that is why we are leaving."

July 09, 2019 - 16:40 (IST)
BJP resorting to politics of poaching in Karnataka: Congress in Lok Sabha
The Congress on Tuesday staged a walkout in Lok Sabha after accusing the BJP of indulging in "politics of poaching" in Karnataka, a charge denied by the ruling party at the Centre.
 
The Congress tried to raise the issue in Lok Sabha​ during the Zero Hour, but was disallowed by Speaker Om Birla, who said the matter was discussed in the House on Monday with a response from Deputy Leader of House Rajnath Singh.
 
Birla said the Congress had given an adjournment motion to discuss the Karnataka issue, which he has disallowed.
 
With the Speaker refusing to relent, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, said the BJP was targeting the Karnataka government, which is on a brink of collapse after the Congress, JD(S) and some independent MLAs tendered their resignations.
 
Hitting back, Singh said the Karnataka issue was an internal matter of the Congress.
 
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Karnataka LATEST news and updates: Addressing the media, Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said, "It's time for HD Kumaraswamy to resign. All 105 MLAs will protest tomorrow (Wednesday) by 11 am at the Gandhi Statue in Vidhana Soudha to demand his resignation."

Sources told ANI that Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy has suggested JD(S) MLAs to be at Prestige Golfshire Club in Bengaluru for at least four days. The MLAs were moved to the club on Monday in a bid to keep the flock together. The JD(S) had reportedly booked rooms at a resort in Kodagu, but later changed the venue.

JD(S) accused the BJP of spending Rs 1,000 crore to purchase MLAs in Karnataka, further saying that the amount was almost 10 percent of the annual state budget of Mizoram, Manipur, and Sikkim.

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said the resignation letters of eight out of 13 MLAs are not in proper format. The Speaker also said that Independent candidates H Nagesh and R Shankar have said they want to support BJP in their resignation letters (from the cabinet).

The interference of the senior members of the HD Deve Gowda family had riled the disgruntled legislators, according to party sources who requested anonymity. No merit, no party loyalty or individual capacity to conduct the functions of the government mattered; rather it was all done on the directions of one family, they have alleged.

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and BK Hariprasad will go to Bengaluru today, ANI reported.

ST Somashekar who has assumed the leadership of the rebel JD(S) and Congress government has ascertained that they have resigned as the MLA and not from their respective parties. "The people of Karnataka have started to dislike the coalition government in their state as the coalition government was not delivering good administration, the coalition partners are always at loggerheads from the beginning,” he said.

Congress MLA from Shivajinagar Roshan Baig also resigned on Tuesday. Baig's resignation has taken the number of MLAs resigning to 15. Baig had already tweeted on Monday that he would be joining the BJP. He has cited the reason of not being given his due respect in the Congress party. Meanwhile, Congress party sources said that Baig's resignation does not matter as he has already been evicted by the party.

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar says there is no time-frame to take action on resignations, want to act responsibly. "The clause says if the Speaker is convinced that the resignations are voluntary and genuine he or she can accept otherwise...I don't know, I am not a well-read man," Kumar told reporters after resuming office on Tuesday.

Congress leader DK Shivakumar alleged that BS Yeddyurappa's PA was 'picking up' ministers. On Monday, DK Shivakumar had claimed that Independent MLA Nagesh had contacted him after submitting his resignation to the Speaker and said that he was being held hostage by BS Yeddyurappa and his aides.

Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday said that no MLA has sought an appointment with him. The Speaker further said that he is nowhere related to the current political developments and acting as per the Constitution. "If anyone wants to meet me, I will be available in my office," he told reporters.

Rebel Congress MLAs who were staying in Mumbai had planned to shift to Pune, later changing it to Goa. But according to the latest reports, they are staying back at an undisclosed location in Mumbai.

Meanwhile on Monday, the Karnataka government — on the brink of collapse after a rebellion from a section of MLAs — took several measures to retain a majority in the state Assembly. While all the ministers from Congress and JD(S) quit "voluntarily" to make room in the cabinet for dissidents, coalition leaders blamed the BJP for indulging in "horse-trading" activities in a bid to topple the HD Kumaraswamy government.

Shortly after Congress ministers decided to resign at a breakfast meeting held at Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara's residence in Bengaluru, the JD(S) representatives, too, followed suit after Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy met leaders of Congress, setting the stage for the reshuffle. The decision was taken after 13 MLAs — ten of the Congress and three of JDS — submitted their resignations from the Assembly membership, plunging the government into a serious crisis.

The crisis deepened on Monday, with two Independent MLAs — H Nagesh and R Shankar — resigning from the ministry and withdrawing their support to the coalition. Incidentally, the two were inducted into the ministry in June after a fresh bout of dissidence to prevent them from siding with the BJP.

The issue also echoed in the Parliament, where the central government denied any role in the political turmoil even as Congress accused it of hatching a conspiracy. In the Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the resignation drive was started by Congress president Rahul Gandhi. "Big leaders of Congress are resigning," he said.

BJP, on its part, demanded immediate resignation of Kumaraswamy, saying his government was in 'minority'. "If at all he has dignity, honour and self-esteem, or if he is aware of Karnataka's culture and traditions, he should immediately resign... Do not try to stick on to the chair. You do not have the numbers," former deputy chief minister R Ashok said.

Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa lashed out at Kumaraswamy for claiming the state government will run smoothly. "Two Independent MLAs met the governor and gave letters that they'll support BJP. Now, we're 107 (MLAs in Assembly). Even when they've lost majority, Kumaraswamy is speaking like that. People are observing everything. Let us see and wait," he said.

The BJP held a legislative party meeting, during which it decided to wait for two more days before deciding on its course of action. "Today's meeting was called to discuss the issues to be taken up in the Assembly session which begins on 12 July. But this government changed our agenda as they've now come in minority. Question is, will this government stay or not? It was discussed to wait for two more days and see if this government resigns or not, and then decide our course of action. We'll hold a legislative party meet again," BJP MLA Arvind Limbavali said.

Despite the Congress-JD(S)' efforts to rope in the disgruntled MLAs, resort politics returned to haunt the Kumaraswamy government, as the dissidents seemed unmoved and stayed put in a Mumbai hotel. Nagesh joined them in the western metropolis while Shankar was on his way there even as Congress leaders kept maintaining that the crisis would blow over and there will be no need for a number crunch.

The Maharashtra BJP claimed it was not aware of the presence of the dissident Congress-JD(S) MLAs from Karnataka even as Maharashtra BJP legislator Prasad Lad was spotted at the hotel where the legislators were put up.

Meanwhile, the JD(S) moved its MLAs to a Taj West End in Bengaluru. While Youth Congress workers staged protests outside the Mumbai hotel, Congress and JD(S) workers hit the streets of Bengaluru against the alleged "horse-trading" attempts by the BJP. Later on Monday, the rebels MLAs in Mumbai boarded a bus to Goa, while the JD(S) legislators in Bengaluru were moved to Prestige Golfshire in Devanahalli.

Amid the crisis, Congress MLA Roshan Baig said he will quit his party and join the BJP. "I'm hurt by the way Congress party treated me," he told ANI. In June, Baig was suspended from the Congress for "anti-party activities" after he criticised senior Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and Dinesh Gundu Rao over poor results in the Lok Sabha election.

Both the Congress and the BJP have decided to hold state-wide protests on Tuesday against each other, over the political situation. While he Congress has decided to hold protests at all the district centres in Karnataka against the "anti-democratic and unconstitutional BJP", the saffron party is planning to hold demonstrations to seek Kumaraswamy's resignation.

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