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Economic Times | 19 Jul, 2019 | 09.18PM IST

Karnataka News | Floor Test Live: No trust vote today as well, House adjourned till Monday

The House was adjourned today without the trust vote, despite another deadline from the Governor.

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08:33 PM

Before the House was adjourned, Siddaramaiah assured the trust vote will happen on Monday, to which the Speaker agreed.

08:24 PM

Session adjourned to meet at 11 am on Monday, triggers protests from BJP MLAs. Speaker says it is not possible for him to sit there any longer.

08:23 PM

Congress says not possible to hold division before Monday

Siddaramaiah: Trust vote will not be held even by 12 am, because about 20 more legislators are yet to speak. Speaker asks him an estimated time for holding it, Siddaramaiah says on Monday, and says for any reason let it not get delayed beyond Monday.
08:21 PM

Speaker: I don’t want the trust vote to be conducted in a hurry, but do not want to stretch proceedings either. So I am in a dilemma, please help me.

08:20 PM

Speaker Ramesh Kumar replies that BJP MLAs are ready to stay even till 12 am.

08:20 PM

Krishna Byre Gowda: It is late, and has been postponed multiple times, from 6, 7.30 and now almost 8.30.

08:18 PM

Speaker: This kind of behavior makes it appear you are trying to stretch proceedings, so please abstain from it.

08:17 PM

The Speaker has returned to the House, MLAs refusing to return to their seats

08:15 PM

Non Bengaluru MLAs from the coalition are saying they need to go back to their constituencies, and demanding the Deputy Speaker that they be allowed to leave.

08:00 PM

Deputy Speaker advises BJP to hold trust vote on Monday. BJP MLA Jagadish Shettar says the Speaker had said it would be held at 8 pm, and asks him to call him back.

07:55 PM

Ready to wait till late night, says Yeddyurappa

07:37 PM

Governor can't issue directives when House is in session: Dy CM

07:33 PM

BJP members are out of their seats, while the is Deputy Speaker, who is the chair, is asking them to wait until 8 pm.

07:32 PM

Ruckus in the House as BJP MLAs are demanding a floor test immediately.

07:29 PM

No MLA has sought my protection: Speaker

07:20 PM

Caesar's wife should be above suspicion; I cannot be guilty of dragging proceedings.

- Speaker Ramesh Kumar

07:18 PM

Cong MLA Hebbalkar claims she had spoken to Shrimant Patil on the day he left for Chennai. Say he ate snacks and appeared healthy.

07:17 PM

Hebbalkar asks BJP MLAs : "The rebel MLAs who have betrayed their own Parties, do you really think they will serve you with loyalty?"

07:14 PM

Congress MLA Lakshmi Hebbalkar says such is the state of affairs that other states are poking fun at Karnataka by calling it “Kar-nataka.”

07:10 PM

Generally 30 days is 'reasonable' time for trust vote: Priyank Kharge

Congress MLA Priyank Kharge asks the Speaker for more time to be given for discussions, especially since the Governor himself has mentioned horse-trading in his report. He reads from the Sarkaria Commission report, from a chapter on role of Governor. "If it appears to the Governor that the government does not have a majority, he can ask the CM to prove majority within a reasonable time. How much exactly is reasonable time has also been defined – it will depend on the circumstances of each case. Generally 30 days is considered reasonable time, unless there is something urgent, like passing the budget. In special circumstances, it may even exceed this period and go up to 60 days," he says.
07:00 PM

Hold floor test even if it's midnight, says Yeddyurappa

BJP's BS Yeddyurappa: "Give them (Congress - JDS) chance to speak even if its 11 pm or 12 in the night. We will listen but hold the floor test today itself."
06:56 PM

BJP MLA Basavaraj Bommai requests Speaker to hold trust vote today itself, even if it takes until 8 pm or 9 pm.

06:54 PM

Siddaramaiah says hold trust vote on Monday

Siddaramaiah: BJP says a decision has to be taken today, so does the Governor. But we cannot overlook any member’s rights. Discussions on the same issue have occurred for 3-4 days, even up to 10 days earlier. So please give everyone, including BJP members, a chance to speak and once that is done, we will have to proceed with it, there is no way to escape it. I suggest that it be done on Monday
06:21 PM

Speaker wants to wind up the session by 7.30pm. “I will take a decision on whether to hold the floor test or not by then,” he says.

06:15 PM

BJP MLA Madhuswamy says the discussion can be continued for six hours today only. He insists holding floor test by end of the session.

06:13 PM

Kumaraswamy asks Speaker to give a chance to members of the House to speak. He promises the discussion will end on Monday

06:07 PM

Speaker rules out extending the discussion to Monday.

06:03 PM

Speaker: I don’t want to be remembered as someone who has curtailed the opportunity to speak. I also don’t want to be blamed by the BJP for dragging the discussion.

06:02 PM

Speaker asks CM how much more time he needs to close debate

“I cannot be guilty of dragging this session for long. How much do you require to close the discussion,” Speaker Ramesh Kumar to the Congress and JD(S) leaders who have been speaking since 11.30am today.
05:36 PM

Kumaraswamy plea in SC objects to Governor's directive on trust vote

Kumaraswamy has approached the Supreme Court seeking a clarification on its Jul 17 order exempting rebel MLAs from appearing in trust vote. The petition also objects to the Governor's direction to him to complete the trust vote by 1.30 pm. Though this is not followed up by any prayer. Kumaraswamy says says no such direction on trust vote could have been issued by Governor Vajubhai Vala when confidence motion was already initiated.The Governor cannot dictate the House on the manner in which debate of Confidence motion has to take place, he says.
05:04 PM

Congress MLA DK Shivakumar sarcastically remarks that there was no hospital in Bengaluru or in Chennai, which was why Shrimant Patil went to Mumbai.

04:46 PM

Leave decision on time of floor test to Speaker: Kumaraswamy

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in Assembly: I leave the decision on the floor test to you (the Speaker). It won't be directed by Delhi. I request you to protect me from the letter sent by the Governor.
04:41 PM

Karnataka Governor sets new deadline, asks CM to prove majority by end of day

04:27 PM

CM HDK requests the Speaker to give a chance to 20-25 MLAs to speak during the session today.

04:15 PM

Where was Governor when Patil's 'horse-trading' happened: Kumaraswamy

Kumaraswamy terms Governor's letter a "love letter" to the Speaker. Says Governor was quiet for 10 days. He says I am receiving various reports of horse trading. He is speaking about this now. But when this (points to Shrimant Patil's photos) horse trading was happening, did it not come to the Governor's attention?
04:12 PM

What Governor's new deadline letter to Kumaraswamy says

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala in his new letter to CM Kumaraswamy has asked him to prove his majority by end of day today. The letter says the detailed discussions appear to be "merely to delay the floor test". He also says he is receiving various "reports of horse-trading" and that it can be averted only if the floor test is held without any delay.It is "constitutionally imperative" that the floor test be completed today itself, says the Governor.
04:02 PM

What Karnataka Congress petition in SC says

Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao's petition in the Supreme Court says the party's right to issue a whip under the 10th Schedule of Constitution has been affected by the court's interim order on the Karnataka trust vote. He seeks clarification on SC order that said rebel MLAs can't be compelled to participate in ongoing Assembly proceedings. He says the July 17 SC order "whittles down" the power of a political party to issue whip to its MLAs.
03:43 PM

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala sends letter to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to prove majority by end of day today.

03:36 PM

Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao has moved the Supreme Court saying the party's right to issue a whip under the 10th Schedule of Constitution has been affected by the court's interim order on the Karnataka trust vote

03:20 PM

Siddaramaiah says discussion still not complete, voting likely only on Monday

03:07 PM

Senior BJP Leader BS Yeddyurappa tells reporters: CM HD Kumaraswamy has not obeyed the Governor’s order ( on trust vote) . We will write to the Governor and Speaker.

03:03 PM

Meanwhile , there are no signs of any rebel MLA coming back to support the Kumaraswamy govt. TOI quotes rebel Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj as saying he will not return to the party fold.

02:39 PM

Governor's deadline ignored: What happened in the House

ET's Naveen Meneses recaps the proceedings so far: When the day began , all eyes were on whether CM Kumaraswamy would meet the Governor's deadline to hold the trust vote by 1.30 pm. CM Kumaraswamy began with a slightly emotional speech on how the BJP was "always targeting" him and his family. JD(S) and Congress MLAs who spoke after him alleged that some BJP members tried to bribe ruling coalition MLAs, which the Speaker allowed to go on record. Around 1'0'clock CM Kumaraswamy got up and said it was his understanding the Governor cannot interfere in the proceedings of the House. Congress MLA Krishna Byre Gowda then got up, and quoting extensively from an earlier SC ruling on Arunachal Pradesh, said it was outside the powers of the Governor to send such a direction. Other Congress MLAs stood up and said the Governor should not interfere in House proceedings, nor play partisan politics. They also shouted slogans against the Governor. When the BJP pointed out that the Governor was within his rights to ask the CM to prove his majority, senior Congress leader Deshpande countered by saying it shouldn't be after a motion has already been moved. When BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa at 1.30 pm pointed out the Speaker's deadline, the Speaker said the division would be held only after the end of discussions.
Governor's deadline ignored: What happened in the House
02:15 PM

The discussion is still not complete and 20 members are yet to participate.I don’t think it will finish today and it will continue on Monday also.

- Siddaramaiah

01:58 PM

Speaker defied Governor's deadline to hold no-trust vote

01:41 PM

Session is adjourned following ruckus by MLAs of all parties, will resume at 3 pm.

01:37 PM

Division only after discussion, says Speaker

Speaker, responding to BJP MLAs demand to hold trust vote as it is 1.30 pm: As per our rules, asking for division (trust vote) won’t do, discussions have to happen, and post that it can be conducted. Just because you are in a hurry I cannot hold it.
01:36 PM

BJP Leader BS Yeddyurappa asks the Speaker to hold trust vote, states the Governor's deadline is over.

01:34 PM

Speaker to BJP: Unless the discussion is complete, you cannot press for division.

01:33 PM

Governor cannot give instructions after motion is moved: Congress

Congress MLA RV Deshpande: The Governor can give instructions, but only before the motion is moved. Once it is moved, it is the right of the Speaker to decide how much time to be allotted for discussion.
01:30 PM

Governor has the Constitutional right, argues BJP

Madhuswamy: "Yesterday's order ( to Speaker) amounted to interference and we did not question it. But his order today asking to prove your government's legitimacy is not wrong...The Governor has the constitutional right. We approve and honour the directions of the Governor. The Speaker should provide an opportunity to seek Trust Vote. We oppose any other business. We will not allow any other discussion to occur"
01:23 PM

Governor can ask to prove majority, says BJP

BJP MLA Madhuswamy responds to Byre Gowda: The govt that the Governor has installed, if he loses faith in it, it is his right to ask to prove the govt’s legitimacy. I have myself said in this House that interference by Governor is wrong, but it is not wrong for him to ask to prove majority.
01:20 PM

BJP MLA CS Madhuswamy is speaking. First legislator from BJP to speak in the House today.

01:17 PM

Congress MLAs shout 'Governor go back' in Assembly

Slogans by many Congress MLAs, some shouting Governor is acting as a BJP agent. Chants of "Go back Governor" also heard.
01:06 PM

No sign of trust vote before deadline

There is no sign of JD(S)-Congress coalition government holding the Trust Vote. The Governor had directed the Speaker to hold Trust Vote by 1.30pm. CM Kumaraswamy and Congress leader Krishna Byre Gowda, however, claim the Governor can not give such directions. The Speaker is yet to make any statement on the Trust Vote.
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