Karnataka political crisis highlights: SC treads the middle path, verdict changes little for Kumaraswamy day ahead of trust vote

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Updated:Jul 18, 2019 11:58:18 am

Political Crisis in Karnataka highlights: Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy would face a trust vote in the Karnataka assembly on Thursday.

Karnataka Political Crisis Live, Karnataka Crisis TodayChief minister HD Kumaraswamy will face a trust vote on Thursday.

Karnataka Political Crisis highlights: The Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the pleas filed by 15 rebel MLAs of the Congress and JD(S) seeking a direction to Karnataka assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to accept their resignations. The apex court said that the Speaker cannot be forced to take a decision, and he could decide on the resignations within an appropriate time frame.

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The 14-month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state would be reduced to a minority in the assembly if all the resignations are accepted. The coalition would then have 101 members in the House, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would go up to 105.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy will face a trust vote on Thursday and his government could collapse if the Speaker accepts the resignations of the rebel MLAs. The Supreme Court has said that the 15 MLAs aren’t compelled to participate in the trust vote.

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    14:41 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Expect BJP to form government next week: Muralidhar Rao

    BJP national general secretary P Muralidhar Rao claimed that BJP would form government in Karnata next week. He added that the party was confident that Kumaraswamy would lose the trust vote in the Assembly tomorrow.

    14:24 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    SC verdict sets terrible judicial preccedent: Congress

    The Congress on Wednesday expressed displeasure over the SC verdict on the rebel MLAs plea and said that it would set a 'terrible judicial precedent'. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that providing 'blanket protection' to MLAs who had betrayed public mandate was unheard of.

    14:11 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Rebel MLAs hunting in a pack: Advocate representing Kumaraswamy

    Kumaraswamy was represented by Rajeev Dhavan, who told the court that the rebel MLAs were 'hunting in a pack' and trying to bring down the government. He also claimed that the speaker could not'turn a blind eye'.

    13:41 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kumaraswamy holds meeting with Congress leaders

    A day ahead of the trust vote, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy held a meeting with Congress MLAs in Bengaluru. 

    12:34 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Rebel MLAs says 'No question of attending assembly'

    The Congress-JD(S) rebel MLAs who are putting up in a five-star hotel in Mumbai said that there was no question of going back, reported news agency PTI. They also said that there was no question of attending assembly.

    12:05 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Moral victory for rebel MLAs, says Yeddyurappa

    BJP state president Yedyurappa welcomed the SC's decision but emphasised that the Speaker must take a decision at the earliest and submit it to the apex court.

    "I welcome the Supreme Court decision. It is a victory of the Constitution and democracy. It is a moral victory for rebel MLAs," Yedyurappa said.

    11:32 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Ahead of trust vote, Kumaraswamy offers prayers at Shankarapuram

    Ahead of the no-confidence motion on Thursday, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy offered prayers at a temple in Shankarapuram.

    11:12 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kumaraswamy govt does not have the numbers now: Yeddyurappa

    "Certainly the Government will not last because they do not have the numbers. When there is no majority, automatically he must resign tomorrow. I welcome the Supreme Court's decision," BJP's Karnataka chief BS Yeddyurappa told journalists on Wednesday.

    11:08 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    BJP asks Kumaraswamy to resign immediately

    After the SC verdict, BJP leader Jagadish Shettar said that there is anarchy in Karnataka becuase of Kumraswamy and that he should resign immediately. "Kumaraswamy should not wait for the trust vote," Shettar was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

    11:06 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Karnataka assembly speaker welcomes SC decision

    Karnataka assembly speak KR Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision on the resignation of the 15 rebel MLAs. Kumar said that he would try to live up to the responsibility that the court had entrusted him with.

    10:51 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Kumaraswamy will lose mandate tomorrow: BS Yeddyurappa

    Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said, " We are waiting for Supreme Court's decision, the MLAs who have resigned will not be affected. Tomorrow CM is going to move the confidence motion, he will lose the mandate, let us see what will happen."

    10:42 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Speaker to decide on resignations, says SC

    Supreme Court says the Speaker will decide on the resignation of the 15 rebel MLAs within an appropriate time frame. The court also observed that these lawmakers cannot be compelled to particiapate in the Assembly proceedings till the Speaker decides.

    10:34 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    SC to deliver verdict on Karnataka rebel MLAs petition soon

    The Supreme Court had on Tuesday reserved the verdict till 10.30am today. The plea was filed in the apex court by the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs whose resignations haven't been accepted by the Karnataka speaker yet.

    10:13 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Karnataka SC verdict: Rebel MLAs urge court to have resignations accepted within a time frame

    Mukul Rohatgi, representing the rebel MLAs, urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to direct the Speaker to take a call on the resignations within a time frame.

    09:37 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Karnataka political crisis: Yeddyurappa plays cricket with party MLAs

    After a hectic week conducting meeting with senior party leaders, BJP state president Yeddyurappa on Wednesday enjoyed a game of cricket with party lawmakers at a resort outside Bengaluru.

    09:09 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Speaker's status probably needs a relook, says SC bench

    The bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose had on Tuesday observed, “When the 10th Schedule (Anti-Defection law) was added (to the Constitution), a very high status was given (to the Speaker). But with (what has happened in the) last 10-25 years, probably a re-looking is required.”

    08:21 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Karnataka state chief warns MLAs of disqualification

    Karnataka Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao on Tuesday warned the rebel lawmakers of disqualification. "Just heard. The rebel Congress MLAs in Mumbai are in complete lockdown. Mobiles taken away, can't step outside, (they are) under house arrest," Rao tweeted on Tuesday. 

    07:52 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Karnataka trust vote tomorrow

    The Congress-JDS coalition government would face a trust vote in the Karnataka assembly tomorrow. The ruling coalition's current strength in the House is 117 - Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides the Speaker.

    07:28 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Working in accordance with the Constitution: Karnataka speaker

    Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday asserted that he was working in accordance with the Indian Constitution. While talking about what he would do after the SC verdict, Kumar said, "I will only perform my duty..every one will have to wait till tomorrow."

    On Tuesday, a three-member bench comprising of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose had observed that a re-look was required into the powers vested with the speaker. “When the 10th Schedule (Anti-Defection law) was added (to the Constitution), a very high status was given (to the Speaker). But with (what has happened in the) last 10-25 years, probably a re-looking is required,” the court observed.