Karnataka crisis Live updates: Trust vote debate resumes, Kumarasway addresses assembly
The political drama played out through the night in Karnataka Assembly as BJP MLAs slept on the floor of the House, seeking an immediate trust vote. The BJP legislature party members, led by former CM BS Yeddyurappa, were seen having discussions, dining together and sleeping on the green floor and the well of the House.
The BJP has accused Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government of dragging its feet on the floor test, despite being moved by CM HD Kumaraswamy. Yeddyurappa also said that the Congress-JD (S) government was not ready for trust vote as the chief minister does not have the confidence of the people as well as the Assembly.
But a floor test can be expected today before afternoon. Governor Vajubhai Vala has asked the Kumaraswamy government to prove majority on the floor of the House by 1.30 pm on Friday. Stay tuned to IndiaToday.in for latest updates on Karnataka crisis.
Here are the LIVE updates:
11:15 am: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar: Those who hurl slurs at my character, look back at what your life has been. Anyone who knows me knows I don't have lakhs of money stashed up like others. I have enough strength to take a non partisan decision despite such slurs.
11:10 am: Karnataka Assembly session underway. CM HD Kumaraswamy addressing the house.
11:00 am: The assembly bells has been rung. BJP, Congress, JD (S) MLAs have reached the House.
10:58 am: DK Shivakumar: Governor has written to us on the floor test. But there are SC judgments which say a Governor cannot intervene under certain sections. Assembly is in session, a confidence motion has been moved. We are not refusing trust vote. The rebel leaders have maintain they are still with Congress but the Guv in his letter mentions that the leaders have withdrawn support to Congress. That is not established. BJP is behind this.
10:52 am: Mumbai Police bars Bengaluru police from meeting MLA Shrimant Patil at a Mumbai hospital. A team of Bengaluru police, led by a DCP level officer, is in the city for recording a statement by the MLA. Shrimant Patil had walked out of the Bengaluru resport where Congress MLAs were staing on Wednesday night. The Congress alleged that he was kidnapped by the BJP, however, the MLA stated otherwise.
10:16 am: Karnataka Congress MP, Nasir Hussain: I think the Congress party will go to Supreme Court because Governor cannot interfere in the matter of Speaker, he has no right to do it. Governor is arbitrarily interfering and trying to work as agent of a party.
10:15 am: Dinesh Gundu Rao tweets: This same Governor had given @BSYBJP 15 days to prove his majority last year, ample enough time to do horse trading. Now he's issuing illegal directions to our CM. Does it not raise questions about the integrity of the Governors office??
10:05 am: Bangalore police arrives at St George Hospital in Mumbai, where MLA Shrimant Patil is being treated. He had walked out of the Bengaluru report where Congress MLAs are staying. Congress had alleged kidnapping by the BJP.
Maharashtra: Karnataka Police accompanied by Mumbai Police arrive at St. George Hospital, where Karnataka Congress MLA Shrimant Patil is admitted. pic.twitter.com/89yr69DWzVANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019
09:55 am: The Congress and the BJP both likely to move the apex court today. Their decision depends on what happens today. Draft is ready. Congress likely to move the SC on not making them respondents in the earlier MLA case. The BJP might move the court on the speaker delaying vote. The chief minister may move the SC on governor letter to him.
09:46 am: Karnataka BJP MLAs to hold a meeting with State BJP President BS Yeddyurappa before the commencement of today's Assembly session.
09:43 am: "If the trust vote doesn't happen by 1.30 pm we will approach the Supreme Court or even go to the President of India. All options are open. Congress and JDS bringing up frivolous issues to cause delay [in trust vote]. Hope good sense prevails on them," BJP Chief Whip Suresh Kumar said.
09:20 am: Karnataka Deputy CM G Parameshwara: They(BJP MLAs) were on an over night dharna at Vidhana Soudha. It's our duty to arrange food and other things for them. Some of them have diabetes and Blood Press problems, that's why we arranged everything here. Beyond politics we're friends, it's the beauty of democracy.
09:05 am: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara meets BJP MLAs at Vidhana Soudha, eats breakfast with BJP MLA Suresh Kumar.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara meets BJP MLAs who were on an over night 'dharna' at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/ydgCOgBQHGANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019
08:20 am: A team of Bengaluru police has traveled to Mumbai to record the statement of MLA Shrimant Patil, who has been hospitalised. Yesterday, the coalition government had alleged that the MLA was kidnaped by the BJP. | No one kidnapped me, says MLA Shrimant Patil
08:00 am: BJP MLAs likely to approach the Supreme Court to direct the speaker to conduct an immediate floor test
07:00 am: BJP legislators go for a morning walk. They were on an over night 'dharna' at Vidhana Soudha over their demand of floor test.
#WATCH Bengaluru: K'taka BJP legislators go for a morning walk. They were on an over night 'dharna' at Vidhana Soudha over their demand of floor test. Karnataka Guv Vajubhai Vala has written to the CM,asking him to prove majority of the govt on floor of the House by 1:30 pm today pic.twitter.com/r8yygSyf4XANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019
01.00 am: BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa sleeps at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru
#WATCH Karnataka: BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa sleeps at the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. BJP legislators of the state are on an over night 'dharna' at the Assembly over their demand of floor test. pic.twitter.com/e4z6ypzJPzANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019