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Karnataka news updates: 'Can't work at lightning speed'; Speaker slams claims of delay in accepting resignations

Karnataka news LIVE updates: Denying that he slowed down the process on resignations, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said at a press conference, 'I felt hurt when I saw some news that I am delaying the process. The governor informed me on 6 July. I was in office till then and later I left for personal work. Before that, no MLAs informed that they were coming to meet me.'

FP Staff July 11, 2019 20:07:53 IST
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Karnataka news updates: 'Can't work at lightning speed'; Speaker slams claims of delay in accepting resignations
  • Amid the political upheaval in Karnataka, a meeting of the state Cabinet will be held on Thursday at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru

  • The meeting comes a day after Karnataka Water Minister DK Shivakumar, who went to Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs

  • The 13-month old Congress-JD(S) govt slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly last week

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July 11, 2019 - 19:45 (IST)

Speaker slams rebel MLAs for approaching governor, SC over resignation issue

Lashing out at the rebel MLAs for approaching governor and the Supreme Court over their resignation issue, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said, "The MLAs didn't communicate with me and rushed to governor. What can he do? Is it not misuse (of the system)? They approached the Supreme Court. My obligation is to the people of the state and to the Constitution of this republic."

July 11, 2019 - 19:39 (IST)

Rebel MLAs said they went to Mumbai after threats by some people: Speaker

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said that the rebel MLAs told him that they went to Mumbai due to fear because some people had threatened them. "But I told them that they should've approached me and I would've given them protection. Only three working days have elapsed (since the submission of resignation letters), but they behaved like an earthquake occurred," he said.

July 11, 2019 - 19:34 (IST)

Will send video of meeting with rebel MLAs to Supreme Court: Speaker

Asserting that the rebel MLAs submitted their resignation letters in the correct format on Thursday, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said that he needs to examine the resignations all night and ascertain if they are genuine. On the Supreme Court order, he said, "The Supreme Court has asked me to take a decision. I have videographed everything and I will send it to the Supreme Court."

July 11, 2019 - 19:17 (IST)

Speaker addresses issue of resignation letters not being in 'prescribed format'

Speaking to the media, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said, "On Monday, I scrutinised resignations based on Rule 202 of the Karnataka Assembly Rules and Procedures. Eight letters weren't in prescribed format. In case of the rest, I'm obliged to look if resignations are voluntary and genuine. I won't speak about voluntary and genuine nature of resignations."

July 11, 2019 - 19:10 (IST)

Did slow down process on resignations, says Speaker

Denying that he slowed down the process on resignations, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said at a press conference, "I felt hurt when I saw some news that I am delaying the process. The governor informed me on 6 July. I was in office till then and later I left for personal work. Before that, no MLAs informed that they were coming to meet me."

He further said: "On 6 July, I was in my chamber till 1.30 pm. The MLAs came there at 2 pm, and they hadn't even taken prior appointment. So, it's not true that I ran away because they were coming... If calling the MLAs for personal hearing is seen as a delay then do you expect me to take action on them in a lighting speed? Should I not follow the rules of procedure?"

July 11, 2019 - 19:05 (IST)

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar addresses after meeting eleven rebel MLAs in Vidhana Soudha

July 11, 2019 - 19:01 (IST)

Rebel MLAs' meeting with Speaker ends

July 11, 2019 - 18:28 (IST)

Watch: Rebel Congress MLA Byrathi Basavaraj runs to reach Speaker's office

The rebel MLAs were supposed to meet the Speaker at 6 pm on Thursday. According to reports, the bus carrying the MLAs got a signal-free route to let the MLAs reach the Speaker's office on time.

July 11, 2019 - 18:24 (IST)

Congress issues whip to MLAs to be present in Assembly tomorrow

Congress chief whip in Assembly Ganesh Hukkeri issued a whip to party MLAs to attend Friday's session to pass the finance Bill and other matters, failing which absent MLAs will be disqualified under the anti-defection law.

July 11, 2019 - 18:20 (IST)

Watch: Rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs reach Speaker's office

Karnataka news LATEST updates: Denying that he slowed down the process on resignations, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said at a press conference, "I felt hurt when I saw some news that I am delaying the process. The governor informed me on 6 July. I was in office till then and later I left for personal work. Before that, no MLAs informed that they were coming to meet me." He further said: "If calling the MLAs for personal hearing is seen as a delay then do you expect me to take action on them in a lighting speed? Should I not follow the rules of procedure?"

The first batch of rebel MLAs have reached the Vidhana Soudha to submit their resignations. The Karnataka Assembly Speaker is expected to address the media at 7 pm.

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has reached his office after the Supreme Court directed him to meet the rebel MLAs on Thursday itself. Meanwhile, the state cabinet resolved to face the situation "bravely" and "withstand" it unitedly.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Congress leader DK Shivakumar and other coalition leaders are inspecting security arrangement at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. The rebel MLAs have been directed by the Supreme Court to meet Karnataka Assembly speaker at 6 pm on Thursday and resubmit their resignations.

Speaker Ramesh Kumar had moved court to request more time for filing his reply. The application filed by the speaker requests the court to vacate the interim order passed this morning directing the Speaker to meet the rebel MLAs today.

Two more rebel MLAs from Karnataka have joined their dissident colleagues who are staying at a hotel in Mumbai, on Thursday, PTI reported.

As the rebel MLAs are heading to Bangalore to appear before the Speaker, the Bangalore Police is getting ready to tackle any kind of face-off between the BJP, Congress and JD(S) workers. According to one of the top police officers, additional protection has been already put into place, right from the airport to Vidhana Soudha. The MLAs’ vehicle will also be escorted to the Vidhana Soudha.

Congress leader Siddaramaiah has reportedly requested Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to disqualify at least two of the 16 rebel MLAs, Ramesh Jarkhiholi and Mahesh Kumathhalli.

The Supreme Court on Thursday requested Speaker KR Ramesh to communicate his decision to the court by Friday and asked DGP Karnataka to grant security to 10 rebel MLAs when they reach Bangalore from Mumbai.

Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma protested in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament on Wednesday against Karnataka and Goa political crisis.

Amid the political upheaval in Karnataka, a meeting of the state Cabinet will be held on Thursday at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru. According to the Chief Minister's Office, the Cabinet meeting will have all the ministers as they have only submitted their resignations to their party presidents, not to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.

The meeting comes a day after Karnataka Water Minister DK Shivakumar, who went to Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs staying at a hotel there, was detained by Mumbai Police and not allowed to meet the rebel MLAs. Shivakumar, who returned to Bengaluru late on Wednesday, said it was a "matter of shame" that he was "forcefully deported" back to Bengaluru. "Mumbai is known for its hospitality. I had booked a room there and was on an official visit to meet my friends and colleagues, but BJP and officials misused their authority. It's a matter of shame," Shivakumar told ANI.

Soon after Shivakumar, rebel Karnataka Congress MLA ST Somashekar also returned to Bengaluru from Mumbai. Somashekhar, who is the Chairman of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), is expected to attend a meeting of the BDA scheduled to take place later today. "I have come back. I will be here in Bengaluru; I am not going back to Mumbai. I have resigned, (but) I am in Congress party," Somashekar told ANI after returning to Bengaluru.

Somashekar, along with nine other MLAs of Congress and JDS, was staying at the Renaissance - Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel. Shivakumar had reached the hotel in Mumbai on Wednesday morning to pacify the rebel MLAs. He was, however, forced to sit outside the hotel after being denied entry. Later, Mumbai Police detained Shivakumar, Milind Deora, and other Congressmen and kept them at Kalinga University rest house.

The 13-month old Congress-JD(S) government slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs from the membership of the state Assembly last week. Congress' Roshan Baig and independent H Nagesh have also deserted the HD Kumaraswamy government. The Congress has been accusing the BJP of conspiring to topple the coalition government in Karnataka. The ruling alliance is making all efforts to protect its government which seems to have fallen short of a majority.

The state Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113.

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