Karnataka floor test Highlights: Prove majority on floor of the House by 1:30 pm tomorrow, Governor to Kumaraswamy

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Updated:Jul 19, 2019 10:56:21 am

BJP MLAs have decided to spend the night inside the Assembly in protest over the delay in taking the floor test.

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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy with his Deputy G Parameshwara during the Assembly Session, at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)

Karnataka floor test: The political drama in Karnataka refuses to end with House being abruptly adjourned till Friday 11 am amid ruckus during the discussion over the motion of confidence moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy. The House was adjourned by Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy as the Congress members continuously shouted slogans against the BJP. The BJP MLAs said they will spend the night inside the Assembly in protest against the decision to delay the trust vote. The BJP, earlier in the day, had even approached the Governor who asked the Speaker to complete the process by the end of the day (Thursday).


Earlier, speaking during discussion ahead of the trust vote in Karnataka Assembly, Congress leader DK Shivakumar triggered a storm accusing the BJP of ‘kidnapping’ its MLA from a Mumbai resort. Shivakumar said Congress MLA Shreemath Patil was taken to Mumbai and submitted to a hospital by the BJP. The saffron party rejected the Congress’ claims and urged Governor to step in saying the Congress was trying to delay the trust vote.

BJP MLAs created ruckus inside the Vidhan Soudha after Speaker Ramesh Kumar said that whip will be applied to all the MLAs. The BJP objected to this, saying the chair can’t violate the Supreme Court’s order and he can’t force MLAs to attend the House proceedings.

The 14-month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government will fall short of the majority mark — 113, if the 16 rebel MLAs decide to stay away from the Assembly proceedings. A total of 13 Congress, three JD(S) and two independent MLAs have resigned so far, reducing the numbers of the coalition from 118 (including the Speaker) to 100. The two independents MLAs have now pledged support to the BJP which is the single largest party with 105 MLAs. Technically, the coalition’s strength stands at 118 and it will reduce if and when the resignations are accepted by the Speaker or if they are disqualified. At least 12 rebel MLAs are still holed up in the Mumbai hotel.

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    23:55 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Assembly witnessed three adjournment

    Karnataka Assembly saw three adjournments,acrimony and repeated disruptions by slogan shouting Congress MLAs after the motion was moved by CM Kumaraswamy to decide the fate of the Congress-JDS alliance government wracked by rebellion by a section of its MLAs threatening its survival.

    23:11 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Governor's direction to the CM ame after his message to Speaker

    The Governor's direction to the CM Kumaraswamy came after his message to the Speaker to conclude the trust vote process by Thursday was not heeded to and the House was adjourned after focusing on the debate on the motion through the day. "I request you to prove your majority on the floor of the House on or before 1:30 PM tomorrow (Friday)," Vala said in his letter to Kumaraswamy.

    22:54 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    D K Shivakumar confirms receipt of Governor's letter to Chief Minister

    Minister in the Kumaraswamy cabinet D K Shivakumar confirmed receipt of the Governor's letter to Chief Minister. "The Speaker is conducting the House, he will have to give MLAs an opportunity to discuss, at such time from BJP friends are trying to put pressure through the Governor's office," he said.

    22:42 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Can floor test take place when whip has been nullified: Congress on Karnataka crisis

    The Congress on Thursday asked that how a confidence motion can be taken up when the power of a political party to issue a whip has been nullified. The Supreme Court in its judgement delivered on Wednesday said that the Speaker can decide on the floor test but 15 MLAs who have submitted their resignations cannot be compelled to join the proceedings in the House. Referring to this, the Congress in a statement said: "Can a floor test take place when the whip has been nullified...How can the Congress Party enforce its rights under Schedule X of the Constitution to issue a Whip if some members have been exempted from complying with the Constituannly mandated Whip?"  

    21:19 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    BJP MLA arrives at Vidhana Soudha with bed sheet and pillow

    Karnataka crisis: BJP MLA Prabhu Chavan arrives at Vidhana Soudha with bed sheet and pillow. The BJP legislators are on an over night 'dharna' at the Assembly demanding floor test.

    21:02 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Prove majority on floor of the House by 1:30 pm tomorrow: Governor to Kumaraswamy

    Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala has written to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy asking him to prove the majority of the Government on the floor of the house by 1:30 pm tomorrow, ANI reported.

    20:39 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Kumarswamy has lost confidence of House and people, says Yeddyurappa

    BS Yeddyurappa on Karnataka crisis: "We are demanding voting on the motion but Chief Minister (Kumaraswamy) is reluctant to take it up as he has confirmed himself that he has lost the confidence of the House and the people. Everybody knows Congress and JD(S) have only 98 MLAs, we have 105."

    20:19 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Congress MLA Shrimant Patil on his health

    Congress MLA Shrimant Patil says that he went to Chennai for some personal work and felt some pain in the chest there. "I visited the hospital and on the suggestion of the doctor, I came to Mumbai and got admitted here. Once I recover, I'll go back to Bengaluru," ANI quoted him as saying. 

    19:59 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Congress approaches police alleging kidnapping of MLA

    The Karnataka Congress has written to Bengaluru Police alleging kidnapping of MLA Shrimant Patil. "Prima facie, Laxman Savadhi, BJP MLA has either abducted/unlawfully restrained, by which illegally depriving his (S Patil) physical freedom," the letter by the Congress to the city police states.

    18:32 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    BJP MLAs to sit on overnight dharna inside Karnataka Assembly

    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.  “We will stay until the trust vote is decided,” Yeddyurappa said.  

    18:28 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Karnataka Trust Vote Deferred

    Karnataka Assembly Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy has adjourned the House abruptly till 11 am tomorrow amid ruckus. Leader of Opposition BS Yeddyurappa, however, has refused to leave the House demanding the floor test to be done today itself.

    18:06 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    BJP desperate to usurp power: Congress

    The Congress has accused the BJP of being desperate to remove the Kumaraswamy government anyhow. "With BJP’s desperation to subvert Constitutional norms and to usurp power at all costs, it may end up, inadvertently, achieving the opposite objective," Randeep Surjewala said.

    17:59 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Governor should not interfere in trust vote, says Congress MLA HK Patil

    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 Congress MLA HK Patil

    17:34 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Ready to stay in House for floor test till midnight, Yeddyurappa tells Speaker

    BS Yeddyurappa says the BJP wants the trust vote to be completed today. He tells Speaker that party MLAs are ready to be in the House till midnight for the floor test.

    17:06 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Governor directs Speaker to complete trust vote today

    Governor Vajubhai Vala has asked Speake KR Ramesh Kumar to complete the floor test by the end of today. " "The motion of confidence moved by the Chief Minister is under consideration today. The Chief Minister must enjoy confidence of the House at all times. Hence I wish the vote of confidence be completed by the end of the day and this will be in the good tradition of democracy," Speaker says reading out the Governor's message.

    16:52 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Karnataka Speaker holds meeting with Advocate General over whip issued by parties

    Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is holding a meeting with Advocate General to clear the confusion surrounding whip issued by parties to their MLAs.

    16:29 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Karnataka floor test LIVE updates: BJP leaders meet Governor

    BJP leaders Basavaraj Bommai, Jagdish Shettar,  Arvind Limbavali have arrived at the Governor's House to meet Vajubhai Vala. The BJP has accused the Congress of adopting delaying tactics in the House.  "CM had fixed today for vote of confidence but when the motion was moved and debate started, Siddaramaiah, Krishna Byre Gowda and HK Patil moved point of orders. We have requested Governor to direct the Speaker to continue the debate on vote of confidence," says Jagadish Shettar.

    16:11 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Karnataka floor test: Speaker adjourns House for half an hour

    Speaker adjourns House for half an hour after ruckus over Congress' claim that MLA Shrimath Patil has been kidnapped by the BJP.

    15:44 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Karnataka Floor Test: BJP seeks Governor's intervention

    The Bharatiya Janata Party has approached Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala to intervene accusing the Congress of trying to delay the floor test. The saffron party had urged the Governor to set a timeframe for the trust vote.The BJP alleged that Speaker KR Ramesh is helping the Congress, JDS coalition.

    15:35 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Congress flashes pictures of its MLA admitted in hospital

    As the debate on the confidence motion against Kumaraswamy govt rages on, Congress flashed pictures of its lawmaker Shrimant Patil, who had been staying with other MLAs in a Bengaluru resort but was admitted to a hospital following chest pain.

    15:02 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    HD Revanna arrives barefoot in Karnataka assembly

    As a trust vote is being held in the Karnataka assembly, JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda's son HD Revanna arrived barefoot at the state assembly.

    14:35 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Siddaramaiah seeks clarification on SC order to issue whip

    Congress leader Siddaramaiah has sought a clarification from Speaker on his right to issue whip in the light of the Supreme Court's court order. In a tweet, former CM noted that the court discussed about his right as the CLP but he was not a respondent in the mattter. "The interim order of the supreme court with respect to the 15 defectors seems to have encroached upon my right as a leader of Congress legislature party. I requested the speaker to clarify on this issue and I thank him for upholding my rights," he said.

    14:26 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Congress leader HK Patil asks Speaker not to proceed before SC's ruling

    Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former ministrer HK Patil has urged the Speaker not to proceed before the Supreme Court's ruling on the matter. He said that infringement of right can set a dangerous precedent that will impact all political parties.

    14:16 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    House will not infringe on your rights: Speaker

    Replying to Siddaramaiah, Speaker Ramesh Kumar said that he "can either implead before the SC or not, it has left you. You are at liberty to act as per your rights under Tenth Schedule. The House will in no way infringe on your rights."

    14:15 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Congress seeks clarity on power to issue whip

    The Congress party has sought clarity on the impact of the Supreme Court's order saying the 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to attend the Assembly proceedings for the trust vote, saying it encouraged the MLAs to defy the party whip. The Congress has argued that it is not bound by the SC order as it was not party to the case in the apex court - only the Spekaer and the rebel MLAs were. "Clarity is needed on these issues before voting takes place on the confidence motion," Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao told News 18.

    14:14 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    House to meet at 3 pm after Lunch

    It is lunch time at Karnataka Legislative Assembly. The debate on the motion will resume at 3 pm when it meets again. A total of 21 MLAs are absent from the House.

    14:13 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Karnataka trust vote LIVE: BJP compelling rebel MLAs not to attend Assembly

    Siddaramaiah said that it was not the Congress, but the BJP was compelling the rebel MLAs not to attend the House proceedings, He alleged that the BJP was even ferrying the MLAs in special flights.

    14:12 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    My right to issue whip curtailed indirectly by SC: Siddaramaiah in Assembly

    On his right to issue a whip, Siddaramaiah said that the Supreme Court has indirectly curtailed his right to issue whip. He argued that the court nowhere in its order said that about whip issued by the political parties. He noted that the court only said that  15 MLAs ought not to be compelled to take part in the ongoing session. "It is indirectly curtailing my right under Tenth Schedule of the Constitution, when we are not even party to the petition," he said.

    14:09 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    BJP creating doubt about Speaker, says CM Kumaraswamy

    HD Kumaraswamy alleged that the opposition BJP has created a lot of doubts in the minds of the people, not just about the coalition government but about the Speaker as well. "They have tried to create doubts about the chair as well," he said.

    14:08 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Karnataka trust vote LIVE: BSY's argument

    Earlier, former CM and BJP's state unit chief BS Yeddyurappa demanded that the trust vote should not go beyond one day. He appealed the Speaker to complete the proceedings in a day, urging him to allot time to Speakers from either sides proportional to their numerical strength. Speaker Ramesh Kumar said that Rule 164 did not apply to a situation like this and asked the House to participate in the proceedings responsibly.

    14:06 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    HD Kumaraswamy counters BSY's plea for trust vote in a day

    Countering Yeddyurappa's plea that that trust vote should not go beyond a day, HD Kumaraswamy said that what is happening in other states, playing out as a farce od democracy must be debated here. He hinted that BJP in Karnataka and other states where it is opposition exploring all possible steps to gain power.

    14:03 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Karnataka Assembly floor test LIVE: Defection corruptions politics, says Siddaramaiah

    Siddaramaiah said that defection is a big blow to the foundations of the constitution. He said that it is a menace that corrupts politics. Without taking the name of the BJP, Siddaramaiah said that the opposition was behind the crisis and it wants to gain majority at any cost.

    14:01 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Siddaramaiah says 'worried over my right to issue whip'

    Siddaramaiah argued that he was concerned of his right of issuing whip to his MLAs. His remark comes a day after the Supreme Court said that whip will not apply on the rebel MLAs and that they be given oprtion whether they want to attend the House proceedings. Siddaramaiah is the leader of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP). The Congress leader said that he himself or his party was not a party to the petition in Supreme Court.

    13:25 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    MLAs who skipped Thursday's Assembly session

    Full list of Karnataka MLAs who skipped Thursday's Assembly session: Congress MLAs in Mumbai -- Ramesh Jarkiholi (Gokak), Byrathi Basavaraj (KR Puram), ST Somashekhar (Yeshwanthpura), BC Patil (Hirekerur), Shivaram Hebbar (Yellapur), Prathapgouda Patil (Maski), Mahesh Kumathalli (Athani), MTB Nagaraj (Hoskote).

    JD(S) MLAs in Mumbai -- K Gopalaiah (Mahalakshmi Layout), AH Vishwanath (Hunasuru), Narayana Gowda (Krishanarajapete).

    Other Congress MLAs  -- Munirathna Naidu (RR Nagar), Roshan Baig (Shivajinagar), K Sudhakar (Chikkaballapura), Anand Singh (Vijayanagara), B Nagendra (Ballari Rural), Shrimant Patil (Kagwad).

    BSP -- N Mahesh (Kollegal).

    Independent MLAs -- R Shankar (Ranebennur) and H Nagesh (Mulbagal).

    13:12 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    BJP creates ruckus as Speak says whip applied to all MLAs

    The bharatiya Janata Party members created ruckus inside the Legislative Assemblt when Speaker Ramesh Kumar said that the whip will be applied to all MLAs.

    12:51 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Speaker tells Congress Legislature Party leader: Not restraining you from exercising any of your authorities

    Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar clarified to Congress that his office was not restraining the CLP leader from exercising his rights. "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 have no role to play in that," he said.

    12:29 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Karnataka floor test LIVE: Kumaraswamy says he has self respect, has to make some clarifications

    Without taking the name of the BJP, Kumaraswamy hinted that the BJP was behind the crisis in the state. "I have self respect and so do my ministers. I have to make some clarifications. Who is responsible for destabilising this government?" he said.

    12:21 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Karnataka Assembly LIVE: Siddaramaiah's gaffe leaves BJP MLAs laughing

    Congress leader and party's Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah said, 'I am the leader of the Opposition,' leaving BJP MLAs laughing. Siddaramaiah immediately corrects himself, calling it a slip of the tongue. He said that he has been the leader of Opposition in the same Vidhana Soudha for 4 years.

    12:18 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Want to tell the truth, says HD Kumaraswamy

    The BJP was 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, a PTI report said. Kumaraswamy insisted that doubts had been created about the Congress-JDS coalition and it had to be brought before the country. "We have to tell the truth," he said.

    12:17 (IST)18 Jul 2019
    Siddaramaiah speaks on 'constitutional crisis' that Karnataka is facing

    Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah speaks on the 'constitutional crisis' that Karnataka is facing at present. "Defection was not a serious concern until 1967. Gaya Lal switched parties thrice on the same day then (in Haryana)," he said.

    Kumaraswamy trust vote HD Kumaraswamy, G Parameshwara with other members during the Assembly session at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. (PTI Photo/File)The Congress and JD(S) had joined the ranks post-elections in May 2018 when the Assembly was delivered with a hung verdict. The coalition has a strength of 117 in the 225-member House (Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, nominated 1). The Speaker has also the right to vote. The opposition BJP has 107 MLAs including two independents. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted by the Speaker, the coalition's tally will reduce to 101 and CM Kumaraswamy will have to quit.