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Karnataka crisis Updates: JD(S) issues whip to MLAs, including rebels ahead of trust vote


Bengaluru, July 18: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has issued whip to all 37 MLAs of JD(S) including three rebel legislators Narayana Gowda, Gopalaiah and H Vishwanath to be present in the Assembly on Thursday.

Kumaraswamy has said that if MLAs do not attend the House and vote against the party whip even after attending the session on the day of trust voting, action will be initiated under the rule of Anti-Defection Law and that MLA will be disqualified from his post.

The political crisis in Karnataka has entered the 11th hour as Supreme Court on Wednesday said that the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is free to decide on resignations of 15 rebel Congress-JD (S) MLAs, making Thursday's trust vote a difficult affair for the 15-month-old HD Kumaraswamy government.

"It's not necessary for the MLAs to attend the session tomorrow," a bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka MLAs camping at a hotel in Mumbai may skip the confidence motion moved by the southern state's chief minister HD Kumaraswamy on July 18.

If the resignations are accepted, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy's government would be reduced to a minority in the assembly ahead of Thursday's trust vote.

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11:49 PM, 17 Jul
Ramalinga Reddy confirms that he will remain in Congress party and vote in favour of Karnataka govt in tomorrow's trust vote.
9:27 PM, 17 Jul
JD(S) issues whip to all its MLAs. The party has asked its MLAs to vote for the government. MLAs have been warned of disqualification in case of absence or cross voting during the floor test tomorrow.
8:00 PM, 17 Jul
MLAs Nagesh and R Shankar are likely to be moved to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) resort in the night.
7:56 PM, 17 Jul
Bhadravati Congress MLA B K Sangamesh reacting on reports of him being unwell states he is healthy and fine. He added the doctor who came to visit him was his friend.
7:55 PM, 17 Jul
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy at H_D_Devegowda's residence to plan strategy for floor test on Thursday.
7:55 PM, 17 Jul
BJP delegation met Speaker Ramesh Kumar requesting him not to postpone the date of floor test. The Congress – JD(S) Coalition reportedly wants floor test after 5 days.
7:07 PM, 17 Jul
The Karnataka BJP's official Twitter handle tweeted a response to Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao’s tweet which said that the apex court’s order was "perfectly coordinated to help rebel MLAs to violate whip" and set a "wrong precedent".
7:00 PM, 17 Jul
"Supreme Court order seems perfectly coordinated to help the rebel MLAs to violate the whip. It has set a wrong precedent as the value of the Whip as per 10th schedule of the Constitution is now redundant. An extraordinary order indeed!!!," Rao tweeted.
6:59 PM, 17 Jul
In a series of tweets, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao termed it an "extraordinary order".
6:58 PM, 17 Jul
The Congress in Karnataka has termed the Supreme Court order on the political crisis in the state as "bad judgment", which seemed to protect the defectors and encourage horse-trading.
5:06 PM, 17 Jul
The Supreme Court has said that attending or not attending is left to the MLAs, but assembly rules state that such MLAs have to seek permission. We asked Speaker if this relaxation has been granted. He said they have to seek permission, said minister Krishna Byre Gowda
3:37 PM, 17 Jul
Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah and state minister MB Patil, Member of Legislative Council Rizwan Arshad are currently meeting at the Vidhana Soudha.
3:37 PM, 17 Jul
State Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao has tweeted, “Supreme Court order seems perfectly coordinated to help the rebel MLAs to violate the whip. It has set a wrong precedent as the value of the whip as per 10th schedule of the constitution is now redundant. An extraordinary order indeed!!!”
2:16 PM, 17 Jul
Congress’ communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala in a series of tweets
2:16 PM, 17 Jul
CM HD Kumaraswamy, Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah and state Home Minister MB Patil are meeting at the Hilton hotel, News18 has reported.
2:16 PM, 17 Jul
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will be meeting JD(S) MLAs at 4.30 pm today, reports suggest.
2:15 PM, 17 Jul
Roshan Baig has informed the Speaker’s Office that he cannot attend the hearing today.
2:15 PM, 17 Jul
Congress leader DK Shivakumar said,''The Supreme Court has given a good judgment. We are confident of our numbers; our MLAs have been misguided. I request the rebel MLAs to not follow what B S Yeddyurappa’s lawyer is saying.''
12:38 PM, 17 Jul
Rebel Karnataka MLAs in Mumbai said,'' We honour Supreme Court's verdict. We all are together. We stand by our decision. There is no question of going to the Assembly.''
12:37 PM, 17 Jul
GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP on SC verdict in K'taka MLAs case said,''SC in its final judgement will have to create timelines for Speakers to decide a matter be it Assembly or Parliament. If required we'll look at need for amending the act so that Speakers can't go by their own whims&fancies.''
12:37 PM, 17 Jul
Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy declines to comment, when asked about Supreme Court's verdict on Karnataka rebel MLAs.
11:50 AM, 17 Jul
Karnataka Congress continues to hold its ground as it tweets saying, "Operation lotus will fail. The truth is victory."
11:48 AM, 17 Jul
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs of India and BJP leader Prahlad Joshi on SC ruling: This (Congress-JD(S) government has lost confidence. They should and will go.
11:28 AM, 17 Jul
Mukul Rohatgi, representing Karnataka rebel MLAs in Supreme Court: The Court has said that the matter will be fully thrashed out at a later date.
11:28 AM, 17 Jul
Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar: I will take a decision that in no way will go contrary to the Constitution, the Court and the Lokpal.
11:28 AM, 17 Jul
BS Yeddyurappa, BJP: Karnataka CM has lost his mandate, when there is no majority he must resign tomorrow. I welcome SC’s decision, it’s the victory of constitution&democracy, a moral victory for rebel MLAs. It’s only an interim order, SC will decide powers of Speaker in future, reports news agency ANI.
11:28 AM, 17 Jul
Mukul Rohatgi, representing Karnataka rebel MLAs in SC said,''The three-line whip issued against them (rebel MLAs) to attend the House tomorrow is not operative in view of the SC judgement. Secondly, the Speaker has been given time to decide on the resignations as and when he wants to decide,''
11:26 AM, 17 Jul
Jagadish Shettar, BJP on SC's verdict on Karnataka rebel MLAs case said,''There is anarchy in the state because of HD Kumaraswamy, he should resign immediately after this verdict and not wait for the trust vote.''
11:26 AM, 17 Jul
Chief Minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy offers prayers at Sri Sringeri Shankara Mutt in Shankarapuram.
10:45 AM, 17 Jul
The Speaker can take a call on the resignations whenever he wants. Once he takes a decision, the same shall be placed before the Supreme Court, the Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi also said.

Leaders who quit

Among those who have put forward their resignation are H Vishwanath (JDS), Mahesh Kumthalli (Congress), BC Patil (Congress), Ramesh Jarkiholi (Congress), Shivaram Hebbar (Congress), Narayan Gowda (JDS), Gopalia (JDS), ST Somashekar (Congress), Muniratna (Congress), Pratap Gowda (Congress) and Byrathi Basavaraj (Congress). They will meet Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan and inform the same.

They have submitted their resignation to Kumar's secretary as the Speaker had already left office.

However, 4 MLAs - Ramalinga Reddy, ST Somshkher, Munni Rathna and Bayaratti Basawarj went with DK Shivakumar.

The man in trouble

The move comes at a time when the Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy is touring the US. Two Congress MLAs Vijayanagara MLA Anand Singh and Gokak MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi have already resigned.

Seniors unhappy

Earlier, speaking to reporters, senior congress leader Ramalinga Reddy said "I have come to submit my resignation to speaker. I don't know about my daughter(Congress MLA Sowmya Reddy), she is an independent woman."

"I am not going to blame anyone in the party or the high command. I somewhere feel I was being neglected over some issues. That is why I have taken this decision," he said.

Karnataka government: How more MLAs need to resign for BJP to form governmentKarnataka government: How more MLAs need to resign for BJP to form government

In the recently held Lok Sabha polls, Congress and the JD(S) failed to make a mark with the BJP bagging 25 of the 28 seats along with an Independent backed by it leaving just one seat each to the coalition partners.

3 MLAs want Siddaramaiah back as CM

Somashekar, Basavaraj, and Shivaram are three of the four MLAs who have demanded that Siddaramaiah be made the chief minister. The fourth MLA, Muniratna, has not resigned but has made similar demands.

BJP ready to form govt

The BJP appears to be convinced that the time is ripe for a strike, both because of its success in the parliamentary election and the disenchantment in the Congress over the alliance with the JD(S). If enough number of coalition MLAs resign, the BJP could claim a majority with its present strength in an Assembly of reduced strength, and by-polls could follow.

BJP DV Sadananda Gowda, BJP, on being asked if BJP will form government in Karnataka, "Governor is the supreme authority, as per the constitutional mandate if he calls us, certainly we are ready to form the govt. We are the single largest party, we have got 105 people with us."

What is the present strength of coalition in Karnataka?

In the 225 member house, the BJP has 105 seats, the Congress prior to these resignations had 78. The JD(S) on the other hand has 37 MLAs. The BSP and the KPJ party have a seat each. There is also an independent and one Speaker.

15 MLAs from the Congress-JDS will have to resign to topple HDK government. After today's 8 resignations, government is in real trouble.

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