Karnataka political crisis live updates: CM HD Kumaraswamy meets Siddaramaiah at his Bengaluru residence

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had announced on Friday that he would seek a trust vote in the assembly despite the resignation by rebel legislators.

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Bengaluru: In yet another twist to the current political turmoil in Karnataka, five more rebel Congress MLAs on Saturday approached the Supreme Court against the state assembly Speaker for not accepting their resignations. The Congress lawmakers are K Sudhakar, Roshan Baig, MTB Nagaraj, Muniratna Naidu and Anand Singh. Including these five, the total number of lawmakers who approached the Supreme Court is now 15. Ahead of the trust vote in the Karnataka Vidhan Soudha (legislative assembly), the ruling Congress-JD(S) and the main opposition party BJP escorted their MLAs to different resorts in order to protect them from poaching. While the Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) kept about 30 of its legislators at the Golfshire Resort near Nandi Hills in Bengaluru, the Congress moved its 50 MLAs to the Clarks Exotica Convention Resorts on the outskirts of the city. 

The BJP too moved 80 of its 105 lawmakers to the Ramada resort at Yelahanka after Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy announced on Friday that he would seek a trust vote in the assembly despite the resignation by rebel legislators. In a related development, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered a ''status quo'' in connection with a plea filed by a group of dissident ruling Karnataka coalition MLAs seeking its urgent intervention in their case. In their plea, the MLAs had accused the Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar of not discharging his constitutional duties and not approving their resignations.

During a hearing earlier on Thursday, the top court had asked the 10 MLAs to appear before the Speaker and requested the latter “to grant them an audience at the same time”. Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar had asserted that he needs time to examine the resignations submitted by rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that the decision taken by the Speaker has to be interim.

The Congress-JDS government, which came to power around 13 months ago, plunged into a serious crisis on Saturday following the resignation of over a dozen MLAs from the two parties.


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13 July 2019
20:32 PM

Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy visits Siddaramaiah's Bengaluru residence, news agency ANI reported.

"Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, rebel Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj, and Congress leader Zameer Ahmed Khan at the residence of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah's residence in Bengaluru," ANI said.


14:08 PM

Five more rebel Karnataka Congress MLAs, including Anand Singh and Roshan Baig, have also moved Supreme Court against the assembly Speaker not accepting their resignations.


14:08 PM

Independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh, who took back their support from the Congress-JDS Government on July 8, have written a letter to the Speaker asking him to arrange their seating in the opposition benches in the assembly, reports ANI.

13:34 PM

Rebel Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj arrives to meet Siddaramaiah at latter's residence. MTB Nagaraj had earlier met Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and DK Shivakumar. 

12:14 PM

The situation was such that we submitted our resignations but now DK Shivakumar and others came and requested us to withdraw resignations,I will speak to K Sudhakar Rao& then see what is to be done, after all, I have spent decades in Congress: Rebel Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj.


12:07 PM

We should live together and die together because we have worked for 40 years for the party, there are ups and downs in every family. We should forget everything and move forward. Happy that MTB Nagaraj (rebel MLA) has assured us he will stay with us: DK Shivakumar, Congress


11:42 AM

Rebel Congress-JDS Karnataka MLAs leave for Shirdi from Mumbai airport, reports ANI.


08:04 AM

Karnataka Minister & Congress leader DK Shivakumar visited the residence of MTB Nagaraj, State Minister who recently resigned from his post, to convince Nagaraj to reconsider his decision.


07:37 AM

Congress party has moved its MLAs to Taj Yeshwantpur in Bengaluru, reports ANI.


07:36 AM

BJP is using the money to bring down the government in the states. We have to accept this fact. They have been doing that and we saw that in the North East as well: Rahul Gandhi.

07:35 AM

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party for the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka.

07:34 AM

As the BJP has already poached about a dozen legislators to destabilise our coalition government for its ‘Operation Kamala’, we have moved about 50 of our party members to Clarks Exotica Convention Resorts on the outskirts of the city: Congress spokesman Ravi Gowda.

07:33 AM

Ahead of the trust vote in Karnataka assembly, political parties have moved their MLAs to various resorts in order to protect them from poaching.

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