Karnataka crisis Live Updates: Crucial trust vote today, Yedurappa says he is 100% confident of victory
Ahead of the crucial trust vote today, the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka hangs by a thread after the Supreme Court on Wednesday held that the 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the Assembly session.
The court order, which virtually sounded the death knell for Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in the battle for numbers, gave Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar the freedom to decide on the resignation of the rebel MLAs.
The ruling coalition's strength in the House is 117 -- Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and nominated 1, besides the Speaker. With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House, including the nominated MLA and Speaker. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted or if they are not present in the House, the ruling coalition's tally will be reduced to 101. Stay tuned to IndiaToday.in as we bring you the latest updates.
Here are the LIVE updates:
11.05 am: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy arrives at Vidhana Soudha.
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister, HD Kumaraswamy arrives at Vidhana Soudha, his government will face floor test today. pic.twitter.com/JEbVLOumKyANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
10:50 am: CM HD Kumaraswamy has reached the Vidhana Soudha.
10:47 am: BJP leaders likely to meet the Speaker to request him to complete the trust vote proceedings today itself. There is a strategy amongst coalition partners to delay the vote: Sources
10.19 am: Coalition less than 105, says BS Yeddyurappa.
BJP State President BS Yeddyurappa at Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru: We are 101 per cent confident. They are less than 100, we are 105. There is no doubt that their motion will be defeated. pic.twitter.com/JdutzxPbaCANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
10.15 am: Congress leader Siddaramaiah arrives at Vidhana Soudha.
10.09 am: We have the numbers, claims Yeddyurappa: BJP's Yeddyurappa says he is 100 per cent confident that the party will emerge victorious.
Karnataka: BJP State President BS Yeddyurappa & BJP MLAs arrive at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. Karnataka government will be facing floor test today. pic.twitter.com/MBvwjqz7L4ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
10.07 am: BJP MLAs arrive in Vidhana Soudha in two buses.
9.45 am: Ahead of the crucial trust vote, Section 144 has been imposed around the Vidhana Soudha.
9.11 am: Rebel MLA Shivaram Hebbar untraceable: Congress files complaint
Congress on Thursday filed a complaint with the police saying they are unable to locate MLA Shivaram Hebbar. Hebbar is a rebel staying in Mumbai.
8.27 am: Ahead of floor test, Congress MLA Shrimant Patil goes missing
Congress MLA Shrimant Balasaheb Patil went missing from the resort ahead of the trust vote in Karnataka assembly. Sources said Shrimant Patil was last seen in the resort at around 8 pm.
8. 23 am: Crucial floor test today to decide the fate of the Karnataka government
Karnataka government to face floor test today; Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the 15 rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to take part in the proceedings of the House. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/fptdS1fEC5ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
8.20 am: Coalition delegation meets Speaker
A joint delegation of the coalition, including Kumaraswamy and Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, met the Speaker and told him the Supreme Court had restricted their right to issue a whip, but "we have the right to impose a whip."
Speaking to reporters after the meet, minister Krishna Byregowda said the SC had stated that attending or not attending the session was left to the MLAs, but the assembly rules state that the legislators had to seek permission for their absence. "We have asked the Speaker if this relaxation has been granted," he said.
8.16 am: Congress' pointsman D K Shivakumar has maintained that the party can issue a whip to ensure the presence of all the party MLAs in the House and take necessary action against them for any violation. He accused some BJP leaders of trying to misguide that the whip is not valid.
8.10 am: Will withdraw resignation, vote in favour of govt: Cong MLA Ramalinga Reddy
Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy Wednesday said he has decided to withdraw his resignation from the assembly and will vote in favour of the trust vote to be sought by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.
I will take part in the assembly session tomorrow [Thursday] and vote in favour of the party. I will continue to remain in the party and serve as MLA, he told PTI here.
POLITICAL TURBULENCE IN KARNATAKA: TIMELINE
The current political crisis was triggered a fortnight ago, with a raft of resignations by rebel lawmakers, unhappy with the coalition for a variety of reasons, from not getting ministerial berths to "dominance" of the Deve Gowda family.
Kumaraswamy, who served as Chief Minister for 20 months in 2006-07 at the head of a JD(S)-BJP government, became the chief minister for a second term in May last year.
The 59-year-old managed to be back at the helm with the support of the Congress after the May 2018 assembly polls threw up a fractured mandate, with BJP emerging as the single largest party, but falling short of numbers to be in power.
A humiliating defeat for the ruling coalition in the Lok Sabha polls that saw them win only two of the 28 seats in Karnataka, with BJP walking away with 25 and an independent backed by it with one, exacerbated simmering tensions.
As many as 16 MLAs, 13 from the Congress and three from JD(S), resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh withdrew support to the government. Adding to the ongoing political drama, the spotlight on Wednesday turned on the Supreme Court when a bench said the Speaker was free to decide on the resignations of the rebel MLAs within the time-frame decided by him.
Congress, meanwhile, pressed for disqualification of 13 MLAs, including independent R Shankar, who had merged his Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janatha Party with it. Happy with the SC verdict, Karnataka BJP president B S Yeddyurappa said it was a "moral victory" for the rebel MLAs.