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Economic Times | 12 Jul, 2019 | 11.33AM IST

Karnataka Crisis News: Will have to examine if resignations are genuine, says Speaker

Speaker Ramesh Kumar held a press conference after meeting the rebel MLAs at his office.

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09:02 PM

The current horse-trading happening in Karnataka is part of BJP's agenda to make India Opposition free. The BJP will go to any extent to grab power- Sitaram Yechury

The current horse-trading happening in Karnataka is part of BJP's agenda to make India Opposition free. The BJP will go to any extent to grab power- Sitaram Yechury
08:24 PM

Karnataka Speaker puts off decision on MLA resignations, says will act as per Constitution

Speaker Ramesh Kumar said at a press conference after meeting rebel MLAs that he will uphold the Constitution while taking a decision on the resignations.
Karnataka Speaker puts off decision on MLA resignations, says will act as per Constitution
07:41 PM

Karnataka crisis: Speaker Ramesh Kumar says 'need to ascertain resignations to know they're genuine.'

07:23 PM

Need to examine the resignations, says Speaker

07:22 PM

I have recorded the entire meeting with the MLAs today, which I will send to the Supreme Court: Speaker

07:21 PM

MLAs don't need SC order to meet me: Speaker

The MLAs approached the SC, its observation was the following order: We permit the petitioners, 10 in number, to appear before the Hon Speaker of the Karnata Legislative Assembly at 6 pm. I ask you – for our MLAs to meet me, do they need SC intervention? Of course we have utmost respect for the SC. But the MLAs never approached me or asked me. They instead went to Mumbai and the Supreme Court in Delhi and then levelled allegations at me, and the media wrote it. What are people to think of me? I beg you let me die in peace.
07:17 PM

I am delaying because I love this land: Speaker

Why am I delaying? I’m delaying because I love this land. I will have to convince myself. I’m 70. I don’t have to believe that I’m going to live until 100, but I must die peacefully. I repeat, I’m not under any obligations, my obligations are only to the people of this state and the constitution.
07:16 PM

Speaker speaks on clean politics

Speaker says: While discussing a bill in Parliament, Prof Madhu Dandavate (a politician and a Physicist) had said: At 11 this morning, we all stood in silence to offer tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, but that was only a ceremonial tribute. The real tribute will come when the anti-defection Bill will be passed in this House and the era of clean politics will begin.
07:13 PM

Speaker invokes an instance during the 1960s, when as many as 195 MLAs had resigned. To stop such mass defections in the country, a committee was constituted, but unfortunately it did not function, he says.

07:11 PM

Will uphold the Constitution, says Speaker

Should I have done work at a lightning speed? And for what? To please whom? Should I not respect the citizens? I will uphold the constitution. There is no external force that can affect my decisions: Speaker
07:07 PM

Some reports in media regarding alleged delaying tactics by me hurt me. I was in my office until 12.45 pm, after that I went out on personal work. The MLAs arrived at 2.30, and nobody intimated me that they were coming. So the inference that I left to avoid them, as has been made, is false. I cannot call the MLAs on a Sunday as it is a holiday: Speaker

07:07 PM

It’s a strange situation in state politics today. As Speaker of Vidhana Soudha, it is my duty to give information to citizens of Karnataka regarding status of the government. It is not my duty to either retain any MLA or to make them resign: Speaker

07:03 PM

Speaker speaks to media

07:02 PM

Speaker Ramesh Kumar begins his press conference

06:34 PM

BS Yeddyurappa has summoned a team of legal experts to the Opposition Party office in Vidhana Soudha.

06:33 PM

Watch: Rebel MLA runs into Speaker's office

06:28 PM

Speaker Ramesh Kumar meeting rebel MLAs now at his office in Vidhana Soudha

06:27 PM

Karnataka crisis: MLAs landed in Bengaluru to submit resignations to Speaker Ramesh Kumar

06:16 PM

Speaker Ramesh Kumar to address the media at 7 pm

06:14 PM

Rebel MLAs at Speaker's Office

06:11 PM

Congress issues whip to party MLAs to attend tomorrow's session of Karnataka assembly to pass the finance bill and other matters, failing which absent MLAs will be disqualified under anti defection law: ANI

06:04 PM

Rebel MLAs to meet Speaker Ramesh Kumar shortly

The rebel MLAs have arrived in Bengaluru by a special flight from Mumbai. they landed at the HAL airport , which is closer to the city, and are being escorted to Vidhan Soudha to meet the Speaker
05:59 PM

Mamata speaks to Kumaraswamy over Karnataka crisis

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called up CM HD Kumaraswamy yesterday and urged him to hold his ground. "She (Mamata) called up Kumaraswamy around 6.30 pm and discussed the situation in the state. It was then that a plan was drawn to hold a joint protest in Parliament premises on Thursday over the issue," a source told PTI.
05:49 PM

The rebel MLAs arrived in Bengaluru by a special flight from Mumbai, reports PTI

05:19 PM

Govt will survive,ready to face no-confidence motion: Cabinet

The Karnataka state Cabinet that met Thursday resolved to face the present situation "bravely" and "withstand" it unitedly. Expressing confidence that the government would survive, the cabinet that met under the leadership of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said it was ready to face a no-confidence motion, if moved by the Opposition BJP.
04:55 PM

Now, JD(S) to seek disqualification of rebel MLAs

Following the lead of the Congress, JD(S) will reportedly approach the Speaker seeking disqualification of three rebel MLAs who have submitted their resignations — H Vishwanath, Narayana Gowda and Gopalaiah.
04:45 PM

Analysis: Why the BJP is wary of a floor test in Karnataka Assembly

Despite the ruling the Congress-JD(S) coalition being effectively reduced to a majority, the BJP is not too keen on a floor test in the Assembly at this juncture, says this TOI article.
Analysis: Why the BJP is wary of a floor test in Karnataka Assembly
04:41 PM

High security at Bengaluru airport

High security arrangements made at Bangalore International Airport for the return of rebel MLAs from Mumbai . In a short while, the rebel MLAs would proceed to meet Speaker Ramesh Kumar, whom the Supreme Court has requested to take a decision.
04:39 PM

Speaker’s meeting with rebel MLAs at Vidhan Soudha will be recorded on camera to ensure transparency: ET Bureau

04:35 PM

I had not prevented them (rebel MLAs) from coming (to my office). I don't know why they moved the Supreme Court to meet me.

- Speaker Ramesh Kumar

04:32 PM

No need for MLAs to move SC to meet him, says Speaker

Ahead of his meeting with rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar said there was no need for them to move the Supreme Court to meet him. "I had not prevented them (disgruntled MLAs) from coming (to my office). I don't know why they moved the Supreme Court to meet me," Kumar told reporters outside the Vidhana Soudha. He said it shows the whole thing was "murky".
04:27 PM

Meanwhile, outside Karnataka Vidhan Soudha

03:45 PM

Congress protests in Kolkata over Karnataka situation

02:31 PM

Rebel MLAs on a flight to Bengaluru from Mumbai

The 10 rebel Karnataka Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-U) legislators are meanwhile en route to Bengaluru from Mumbai on Thursday. Sources told PTI they left by a flight from Mumbai at around 2 p.m. and are expected to land in Bengaluru at around 4 p.m., well in time to meet the Speaker
02:23 PM

Issue of disqualification need to be decided first: Speaker to SC

Karnataka Assembly Speaker has moved the SC saying that rebel MLAs resignation issue can't be decided during the course of the day, reports ET's Samanwaya Rautray. His advocate Abhishek Singhvi informed that the court cannot direct him to decide immediately. And that the issue of disqualification would have to be decided first. The SC did not give an urgent order, saying the Speaker's application will be taken up when it hears the matter again on Friday. The court had in the morning directed the rebel MLAs to meet the Speaker at 6 pm, and requested the Speaker to take a call today itself.
02:20 PM

The Speaker through his counsel told the SC that verifying whether an MLA has resigned voluntarily takes time and that the court cannot direct him to decide immediately.

02:15 PM

Speaker Ramesh Kumar moves Supreme Court

02:10 PM

The BJP returned to power at the Centre by misusing money power and through EVM tampering but it has now started a campaign to dislodge the non-BJP state governments.

- Mayawati

02:03 PM

Speaker will go as per rule: Kharge

01:53 PM

Goa: No decision on cabinet reshuffle, Central leadership to take call, says CM Pramod Sawant

12:40 PM

Why should I resign?', asks CM Kumaraswamy

Before the Cabinet meeting Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy rejected Opposition demands that he quit, IANS reported. "Why should I resign? What is the necessity?," retorted Kumaraswamy in Kannada when asked by reporters. He pointed out at Yeddyurappa did not resign as CM after 18 of his legislators revolted against him in 2008-09. The cabinet meeting is still on.
12:37 PM

Karnataka MLAs camping in Mumbai may fly back to Bengaluru at 2 pm

12:01 PM

Cong leaders protest in Parliament over Karnataka, Goa crisis

Congress MPs held a protest against the ruling BJP in Parliament on Thursday over the political crisis which has hit the party in Karnataka and Goa. A number of top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma, protested near the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex and shouted slogans. They also carried placards with messages like "Save Democracy".
11:58 AM

We have confidence that the MLAs will be with us. I hope they will come back and withdraw their resignation.

- DK Shivakumar

11:54 AM

SC has directed the Karnataka DGP to provide protection to 10 rebel MLAs from Bangalore airport to Assembly on their arrival from Mumbai.

11:47 AM

Shivakumar may take legal action against Mumbai hotel

11:44 AM

Karnataka crisis: SC asks rebel MLAs to resign before Speaker at 6pm today

11:41 AM

The 10 petitioners (MLAs) will appear before the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly at 6 pm today. The Speaker is requested to take a decision on whether it can be permitted.

- Supreme Court

11:25 AM

Karnataka crisis: CM HD Kumaraswamy mulls resignation

11:13 AM

SC requests Speaker to meet rebel MLAs at 6 pm today

Supreme Court has requested Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar to meet the 10 rebel MLAs at 6 pm today.The MLAs will meet the Speaker personally to press for their resignation. The Court is to be informed of the Speaker's decision by tomorrow. Karnataka DGP will provide security to them
11:09 AM

Breaking: Supreme Court has requested Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar to meet the 10 rebel MLAs at 6 pm today.

11:08 AM

The Supreme Court has begun hearing the plea of 10 rebel MLAs requesting that the Assembly Speaker take a quick call on their resignation

10:40 AM

Karnataka BJP hopes Governor will ask CM to take floor test

BJP is hoping Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala would direct Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to take the floor test in the Assembly on Friday to prove if he has majority."We are hoping for the Governor to direct the Chief Minister to move a trust-vote in the Assembly on Friday when the monsoon session begins as his coalition government is reduced to minority," BJP's G. Madhusudan told IANS.
10:10 AM

Prohibitory orders around Vidhana Soudha

Bengaluru Police have issued prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, restricting the gathering of more than five persons and any form of protests within the two-km area around the Vidhana Soudha. This is ahead of the crucial cabinet meeting to be chaired by CM HD Kumaraswamy at 11 am.
09:50 AM

SC to hear plea of Karnataka rebel MLAs at 10.30 am?

The Supreme Court will hear at 10.30 am a petition filed by 10 rebel MLAs of Congress and JD(S) alleging that the Karnataka Assembly Speaker was not accepting their resignations deliberately. The plea, which has sought direction for the Speaker to accept the resignation of these MLAs, would be heard by a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose. In the petition, the MLAs alleged that the Speaker was protecting the government which is in minority now.
09:30 AM

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Goa...

09:20 AM

Poor Congress backing for Shivakumar in Mumbai yesterday?

Just a handful of Mumbai Congress leaders, including Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora, Naseem Khan, Ganesh Yadav (city Youth Congress president) and one local corporator, came to meet Shivakumar when he was detained and being taken to a guest house in Kalina campus of the Mumbai University, reports PTI. State-level Congress leaders were conspicuous by their absence and these included some who were hosted by Shivakumar in 2002 when the government of then Congress Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in Maharashtra was on the verge of collapse.
09:18 AM

Ruling Congress- JD(S) coalition tally reduced to 100

Of the 16 MLAs who have resigned so far, 13 are from Congress and three from JD(S). The ruling coalition faces the threat of losing majority in the Assembly if the resignations are accepted as its current tally is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1 ) in the 224-member House. With the support of the two independents, who Monday resigned from the ministry, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition's tally will be reduced to 100.
09:16 AM

DK Shivakumar accuses BJP of misusing authority

09:12 AM

Resigned as MLA, but still in Congress: ST Somashekar

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