Karnataka crisis: CM Kumaraswamy asked to prove majority by 1:30 PM on Friday

The political slugfest in Karnataka continued on Thursday as the trust vote against the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government could not be taken up by the state assembly which was adjourned till Friday following a blame game between the ruling Congress-JDS and BJP legislators.

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Bengaluru: The political slugfest in Karnataka continued on Thursday as the trust vote against the HD Kumaraswamy-led coalition government could not be taken up by the state assembly which was adjourned till Friday following a blame game between the ruling Congress-JDS and BJP legislators. As a mark of protest, the BJP MLAs decided to sit on an overnight dharna outside the Vidhana Soudha to protest the adjournment of the house despite Governor Vajubhai Vala’s letter to Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar urging him to hold the trust vote on Thursday itself. The House was adjourned for the day and will convene again at 11 AM on Friday for the normal business. 

However, shortly after the Karnataka Assembly was adjourned on Thursday without a trial of strength, Governor Vajubhai Vala wrote a letter to Chief Minister Kumaraswamy asking him to prove majority on the floor of the House by Friday afternoon. Vala told Kumaraswamy to prove his government`s majority by 1.30 PM.

Earlier in the day, Karnataka Governor Vala wrote a letter to Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar asking him to consider the possibility of holding the vote of confidence against the coalition government today itself (Thursday). Minutes after the assembly session began, CM HD Kumaraswamy moved a one-line motion seeking a vote of confidence in his government from the House after Supreme Court (SC) pronounced its decision on rebel MLAs' resignations. However, this was followed by an intense debate which saw the two sides accusing each other of horse-trading and conspiring to destabilise the Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka. During the debate, BJP-led opposition alleged that the coalition government was trying to prolong the debate in a last ditch effort to shore up its numbers.


Ahead of the trust vote proceedings, Kumaraswamy on Wednesday issued a whip to all JD(S) MLAs including three rebel legislators Narayan Gowda, Gopalaiah and H Vishwanath to be present in the Assembly at the time of trust vote. The Congress too issued a similar whip to its members including the rebels to attend the House.

The top court had also said that Speaker Ramesh Kumar cannot be given a time frame within which to decide on the resignations of Congress and JDS MLAs who have so far remained adamant that they will not reconsider their decision. Only Ramalinga Reddy of Congress has said that he will withdraw his resignation and said that his previous decision was due to internal reasons.


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18 July 2019
21:10 PM

Karnataka Governor directs CM HD Kumaraswamy govt to prove majority by 1:30 PM tomorrow.


20:59 PM

Son of Congress MLA Shrimant Patil releases a video exposing DK Shivakumar and his fake narrative. The video tweeted by Karnataka BJP says state Congress leaders are blaming BJP due to the fear of their MLA unable to make it to Vidhana Soudha today shows their dirty trick to avoid proving majority.


20:49 PM

We are demanding voting on the motion but the Chief Minister is reluctant to take it up as he has confirmed himself that he has lost the confidence of the house and the people. Everybody knows Congress-JD(S) combine has only 98 MLAs, we have 105: BS Yeddyurappa, BJP


20:47 PM

I went to Chennai for some personal work and felt some pain in the chest there. I visited a hospital and on the suggestion of the doctors, I came to Mumbai and got admitted here. Once I recover, I'll go back to Bengaluru: Congress MLA Shrimant Patil

19:59 PM

Karnataka Ministers MB Patil and DK Shivakumar spotted having a conversation with BJP MLAs including state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa at Karnataka Assembly after BJP MLAs said they would sit on an overnight 'dharna' in the house demanding consideration of floor test today.


19:26 PM

Karnataka Congress writes to Bengaluru Police over 'abduction of its MLA, Shrimant Patil in order to defeat trust vote. The letter states, ''prima facie, Laxman Savadhi, BJP MLA has either abducted-unlawfully restrained, by which illegally depriving his (S Patil) physical freedom.''


18:58 PM

Here is the list of 20 MLAs who were absent during today's session in the state assembly.


1. Ramesh Jarakiholi
2. Mahesh Kumatalli
3. Pratap Gouda Patil
4. Shivaram Hebbar
5. B.C. Patil
6. S.T. Somashekhar
7. Bairathi Basavaraj


8. H. Vishwanath
9. Gopalaiah
10. Narayana Gowda

Rebel Congress MLAs

11. MTB Nagaraj
12. Sudhakar
13. Roshan Baig
14. Anand Singh
15. Munirathna

Congress MLAs (Health Ground)

16. Shreemantha Patil
17. B. Nagendra


18. Shankar
19. Nagesh


20. N Mahesh

So, the total strength of the state assembly now is 204 out of 224 and the majority mark is 103. BJP has 105 and Congress-JDS has 99 MLAs, including Speaker.

18:56 PM

Here are some pictures of the BJP MLAs inside the state assembly after the House was adjourned for the day. They are on an overnight 'dharna' demanding that the Speaker replies to the Governor's letter and holds a floor test. 


18:38 PM

BJP MLAs to sit on an overnight 'dharna' in the state assembly demanding that the Speaker replies to the Governor's letter and holds a floor test. The state assembly has been adjourned for the day by the Speaker.

18:07 PM

Proceedings inside state assembly adjourned for ten minutes following ruckus created by the Congress MLAs over BJP delegation meeting the Governor.  

18:02 PM

Governor shall not interfere in the proceedings of the session as per the Constitution. I request Governor to not to intervene in the proceedings of the session: Karnataka Congress MLA HK Patil in assembly.


17:53 PM

Congress MLAs protest in Karnataka assembly with pictures of their party MLA Shrimant Patil, who had gone incommunicado and was later found to be admitted at a hospital in Mumbai. Congress has accused BJP of poaching its MLAs.

17:51 PM

KS Eshwarappa responds by saying, “We went and met the Governor during lunch break. Shouldn't we meet the Governor?”

17:50 PM

Congress MLAs object to BJP leaders' meeting with Governor; Krishna Byre Gowda says, “They could have discussed it in the house itself. Instead, they go around and get directions from elsewhere.” 

17:48 PM

Congress sources claim at least 26 members have given the notice to speak during the discussion ahead of the trust vote, six from the BJP and the rest from JDS and Congress. 

17:41 PM

Give time to anyone who wants to speak but have the vote of confidence by the end of the day even it is 12 in the night. By today means before 12:  BS Yeddyurappa, BJP

17:40 PM

“Opposition BJP had been demanding this since morning and the Governor says it now. How do we see this,'' says Krishna Byre Gowda after Speaker announces that the vote of confidence would be completed by the end of the day.

17:38 PM

Congress leader RV Deshpande says, "The Constitution does not provide for this. Article 175 (1) and (2) is limited to bills pending. The debate is going on and it has to be healthy. Regarding 175 (2) the Speaker is given the discretion. However, as you have to uphold the rights of the members of the House, you've already received a list of speakers on the motion. If I'm not given an opportunity then what is the point of being a member? Hence, we appeal to you that the proceedings are underway, and in the middle MLAs are going missing. They say we should have done a better job of securing the MLA. If we fail to secure, does that give them the right to steal?''

17:37 PM

BJP delegation consisting of Jagadish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, Basavaraj Bommai, SR Vishwanath and N Ravikumar met Governor Vajubhai Vala earlier today and submitted a memorandum over the vote of confidence. Governor has asked Speaker to consider trust vote by end of the day. Here are some visuals of the meeting. 


17:30 PM

Nothing wrong in approaching Governor. It's not that Governor called them and gave them directions. They approached the Governor and he responded, says Speaker Ramesh Kumar.   

17:15 PM

Dear honourable Speaker, the motion of confidence moved is in consideration at the house. CM is expected to maintain confidence of the house at all times. I send a message to consider trust vote by the end of the day: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala’s message to Speaker.

17:14 PM

Speaker says the trust vote process will be completed today after BJP leaders meet Governor over the delay.

17:11 PM

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar tells the house that the Vote of Confidence process is to be completed by end of the day.

16:51 PM

Karnataka Congress MLA Shrimant Patil has been shifted to Mumbai's St. George Hospital from Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Centre for further treatment.


16:39 PM

CM had fixed today for the vote of confidence but when the motion was moved & debate started, Siddaramaiah, Krishna Byre Gowda, & HK Patil moved point of orders. We have requested Governor to direct the Speaker to continue the debate on the vote of confidence: Jagadish Shettar, BJP


16:28 PM

BJP leaders have met Governor and complained that the government and the Speaker are delaying the trust vote. "CM had fixed today for vote of confidence but when the motion was moved and debate started, Siddaramaiah, Krishna Byre Gowda, and HK Patil moved point of orders. We have requested Governor to direct the Speaker to continue the debate on vote of confidence," BJP's Jagadish Shettar said.

16:00 PM

Amid ruckus in the House, the Karnataka Assembly has been adjourned for 30 minutes.

15:58 PM

Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has asked Karnataka Home Minister MB Patil to speak to the family members of Shrimant Patil at the earliest and submit a report. "Please contact the family members of Shrimant Patil (Congress MLA) immediately. Give a detailed report to me by tomorrow, it does not look natural. If the Home Minister can't ensure protection, I will talk to DGP," he said.

15:57 PM

Unwilling to accept the letter sent by Congress MLA Shrimant Patil stating his absence in the trust vote, Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said, "What kind of a Speaker I would be if I proceed with document (letter sent by Congress MLA Shrimant Patil informing about his ill health) which has no date or letterhead."


15:55 PM

Alleging a BJP hand, Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao questioned why MLA Shrimant Patil was taken to Chennai and Mumbai for treatment when there was a medical facility available right next to the resort where they were staying. "There was hospital right next to resort where our MLAs are staying, then why was he (MLA Shrimant Patil) flown to Chennai and then to Mumbai for treatment? He is healthy, nothing is wrong with him. It's a conspiracy by BJP," he said.

15:20 PM

Congress likely to approach SC over its MLAs defying whip issued by the party, claim sources.

15:15 PM

Proceedings inside the state assembly resume after a 30-minute break.

14:56 PM

H D Revanna, son of Deve Gowda and brother of CM Kumaraswamy had arrived barefoot at the Assembly earlier in the morning today:



14:40 PM

Assembly has taken a 30-minute break even as BJP opposed the move to have the trust vote postponed to a later date.

14:34 PM

Siddaramaiah requests Speaker to delay trust vote, takes to Twitter to say 'outcome of anti-defection law has its implications on no-confidence motion.'





13:50 PM

"If we go ahead with the confidence motion, if the whip applicable and they (rebel MLAs) don't come to the house because of the SC order, it will be a big loss to the coalition government," says Siddaramaiah.

13:29 PM

Congress leader DK Shivakumar hits out at BS Yeddyurappa, says, "Despite being a former chief minister, being the leader of opposition, he is misguiding the nation and court."

13:08 PM

What appears to be unfolding in the Assembly is that Congress and JDS are trying to delay the trust vote in the possible hope that it can win back some of the dissenting MLAs.

The lengthy speeches from Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah have been questioned by Yeddyurappa who wants the trust vote to take place immediately. "What is the rush," asks Kumaraswamy.

12:35 PM

"If a member of the House needs a leave of absence from the House, he should write a letter to me. I am at the liberty to scrutinise the reason and will decide on whether to grant of not grant leave. The rest is upto the member," says Speaker Ramesh Kumar. "When a member chooses not to come, our attendants will not permit them to sign the register of attendance. The concerned member will not be entitled to draw any emolument that is meant for the member to be drawn for being present in the House."

12:33 PM

As of right now, 18 dissenting MLAs from Congress and JDS, and one BSP MLA are absent from Assembly. These are:

1) Byrathi Basavaraj 
2) Munirathna
3) ST Somashekar
4) Ramesh Jarkiholi 
5) Roshan Baig 
6) Srimanth Patil 
7) Anand Singh 
8) B Nagendra 
9) R Shankar 
10) K Gopalaiah (JDS)
11) Narayana Gowda (JDS)
12) MTB Nagaraj 
13) BC Patil 
14) H Vishwanath (JDS)
15) Mahesh Kumthahalli 
16) Prathap Gouda Patil 
17) Dr Sudhakar 
18) Shivaram Hebbar
19) N Mahesh (BSP)

12:23 PM

BJP hits back at Congress and JDS leaders, objects to accusations made by Kumaraswamy.

12:15 PM

Congress MLA Shrimant Patil hospitalised in Mumbai. He had reportedly written a letter to Speaker and informed him of his inability to attend today's floor test due to health reasons.

11:51 AM

A heated argument breaks out as several BJP leaders protest against elaborate speeches of Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah.

Speaker tries to restore order by spelling out the rules and regulation. "I will give everyone a chance to speak," he says. "Let people of Karnataka to see and hear what you all have to say."

11:39 AM

Siddaramaiah begins to speak ahead of trust vote.

"An MLA in Haryana changed parties thrice in a single day. Defections are not something new but we all have to work for the welfare of the people."

"We garland Mahatama Gandhi's portrait but the real tribute to him would be reforms in our democratic process."

11:35 AM

Kumaraswamy backs Speaker Kumar Ramesh, says he has always worked impartially.

"We have to work according to the Constitution. My priority is not power. People elect MLAs and all of us have a duty towards people."

" We need effective laws to prevent defections. This is what Rajiv Gandhi had also envisaged."

"The MLAs have given single line resignations. In the SC they have said that the government has been rocked by scandals -the IMA scandal, the JSW land scam. In the Lok Sabha, despite the coalition government contesting together, they lost miserably."

"I have self-respect and so do my ministers. How can I live with this and not discuss this? I have to make clarifications. Who is responsible for destabilising this government?"

"The Vidhan Soudha is in the pages of Parliamentary history for its conduct. It is not important if the coalition survives, but we must discuss this conspiracy to weaken democracy."

11:28 AM

Kumaraswamy begins speaking inside Vidhana Soudha ahead of trust vote. "I haven't come just because there is a question on whether I can run a coalition government or not. Events have shown that even the role of the Speaker has been put under jeopardy by some legislators."

11:02 AM

Yeddyurappa speaks to BJP MLAs ahead of the floor test.

10:58 AM

Chief Minister Kumaraswamy arrives Vidhana Soudha.

Speaker Ramesh Kumar too has reached the Assembly.

10:41 AM

We are 101 per cent confident. They are less than 100, we are 105. There is no doubt that their motion will be defeated: BS Yeddyurappa

10:11 AM

Action begins to unfold in Karnataka Assembly!

BJP State President BS Yeddyurappa and party BJP MLAs arrive at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.

08:11 AM

It is a complex numbers game inside Karnataka Assembly that could decide the fate of the coalition government.

Click here to make sense of the mathematics at play.

07:56 AM

Not kept up with the political developments in Karnataka? Click here for a complete recap.

07:53 AM

Ramalinga Reddy, a key face of dissent, said yesterday that he will vote for the Congress. He also said that he will remain in the party and take back his resignation.

While this may have come as some relief for the coalition in the state, clouds of uncertainty continue to hover stubbornly.

07:52 AM

Almost every effort made by both Congress and JDS to win back the support of the rebel MLAs proved to be unsuccessful.

Often the efforts made were even dramatic with DK Shivakumar of Congress being escorted out of a Mumbai hotel where many of the rebel MLAs were at. These MLAs had asked Mumbai Police for security and had stated that they feel threatened.

07:50 AM

The political situation in Karnataka has been extremely volatile since several Congress and JDS MLAs tendered their resignations. While both parties blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for engineering defects, the BJP hit back by saying that it had nothing to do with the decision of the dissenting MLAs.