Karnataka crisis LIVE updates: The clouds of the political crisis in Karnataka are still hovering over Congress-JD(S) coalition government as the rebel MLAs have resubmitted their resignations to Legislative Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Thursday, June 11, 2019. Earlier in the morning, the Karnataka rebel MLAs returned to Renaissance – Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel after meeting the Karnataka Assembly Speaker in Bengaluru after they were directed by the Supreme Court to do the same. Apart from that, the Speaker has also given an appointment to three of the five lawmakers whose resignations were in the prescribed format. Kumar is scheduled to meet them around 4:00 pm today.
The lawmakers had moved the apex court alleging that the Speaker had intentionally dismissed their resignation with an aim to give the Congress-JDS alliance time to persuade them not to leave the party. The Karnataka Speaker, on the contrary, told the court that he had to examine whether the resignations were genuine or forced. He contended that it was his duty to verify the resignations and the inquiry could not be completed immediately or latest by 12 midnight today.
The drama surfaced on July 6, 2019, when a group of 11 rebel lawmakers resigned, however, the Speaker denied accepting any of the resignations. Five more MLAs have also resigned since then. If the resignations will be accepted, the Congress-JDS alliance will lose the majority mark and the BJP will get a chance to form the government in Karnataka.
If the resignations will be accepted, the coalition members will come down to 100 from 118 members, which will ultimately drop the majority mark from 113 to 105. The BJP, on the other hand currently has 105 members and support from 2 Independent MLAs, taking its tally to 107 members.
Here are the Karnataka crisis LIVE updates:
— Rahul Gandhi on political developments in Karnataka said the Bharatiya Janata Party was using money to topple the Janata Dal Secular-Congress alliance government in the state. He said the situation has been the same both in Goa and elsewhere in the Northeast earlier, and now the BJP was doing it in Karnataka.
— Home Minister MB Patil has commented on the ongoing turmoil in Karnataka. The minister said that the party will decide on the moving MLAs and everybody needs to wait till Tuesday, July 16. CLP leader Siddaramaiah has also slammed the BJP saying the party is afraid because they know there are black sheep in their party.
— Following the ongoing drama in Karnataka politics, the Congress has decided to move its MLAs to Clarks Exotica Convention Resorts in Bengaluru today. It has been reported that the Congress MLAs will be moved to the resorts after the Assembly proceedings.
— Karnataka chief Minister D Kumaraswamy has asked to move trust vote in the Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru today. He sought permission and time to prove the majority in this session following the ongoing political crisis in the Karnataka Assembly.
— The Supreme Court has ordered to maintain the status quo in the state. The matter would be heard again on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, and till then the Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has been told not to take any decision on the resignations till then.
— Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, has asked the chief minister’s counsel Dr Rajeev Dhavan if he has the power to challenfe a Supreme Court order as Assembly speaker yet to decide on resignations of MLAs.
— Hearing in the matter of Karnataka rebel MLAs: Dr Rajeev Dhavan, arguing for Karnataka CM, objects to the submissions of the rebel MLAs that the Speaker has acted in a mala-fide manner.
— Hearing in the matter of Karnataka rebel MLAs: Congress leader and senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi argues that these MLAs’ intention in giving resignation is something different, and it is to avoid disqualification.
— Hearing in the matter of Karnataka rebel MLAs: Mukul Rohatgi, rebel MLAs’ counsel, submits to the Supreme Court that the Speaker is answerable to this court, except under certain circumstances. He may not respond under certain sections and provisions, he is entitled exemption.
— The lawyer, appearing for many Congress workers in the Supreme Court today, mentioned and sought a hearing in Karnataka political crisis case. The Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, heading the three judge-bench, asked him to remain present when the same matter would be taken up for hearing today.
— BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa said that the party will give a whip to attend the session from today to the end of this month. MLAs have been arriving at Vidhana Soudha as the state assembly session begins today.
— Sr lawyer M Rohatgi, representing Karnataka rebel MLAs: We’ll ask the court to implement its order so that the Speaker takes the decision as soon as possible. If all MLAs appeared before him, gave affidavits and moved SC that they want to resign, what further verification is required I don’t understand.
— Karnataka rebel MLAs returned to Renaissance – Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel late last night. They had met Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar in Bengaluru yesterday after they were directed by Supreme Court to meet the Speaker at 6 pm & resubmit their resignations.
— Karnataka crisis: Here are the 16 rebel MLAs who pushed the JD(S)-Congress government to the brink of collapse.
1) R Ramalinga Reddy
2) H Vishwanath
3) R Roshan Baig
4) Ramesh Jharkiholi
5) Anand Singh
6) S T Somashekhar
7) Byrathi Basavaraj
8) N Munirathna
9) BC Patil
10) Prathapgouda Patil
11) Shivaram Hebbar
12) Mahesh Kumatahalli
13) Narayana Gowda
14) K Gopalaiah
15) M T B Nagaraj
16) K Sudhakar