Karnataka crisis Live Updates: BJP has kidnapped our MLAs and is keeping them at gunpoint, says Congress

Here are the live updates of the political crisis in Karnataka:



BENGALURU: Uncertainty loomed large over the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka after 15 rebel MLAs –10 Congress, three JDS and two Independents – put across their resignations. 
Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar is yet to take a call on the resignations. The rebel MLAs are currently untraceable, reportedly staying near Pune and will likely arrive in Bengaluru on Tuesday evening. The Congress, in the meantime, sought disqualification of the rebel MLAs, for disobeying party command. 

All eyes on number game as Karnataka's political potboiler nears possible climax

Here are the highlights of the political crisis in Karnataka on Tuesday (July 9)

09 July 2019
22:49 IST

Karnataka BJP leader K G Boyappa and R Ashok arrive at Renaissance Hotel where rebels MLAs of Congress and JDS are camping.

20:49 IST

BJP has kidnapped our MLAs and is keeping them at gunpoint. Their mobile phones have been seized. They're not even allowed to talk to their family members. If set free, the MLAs will return to us. 4-5 people each are keeping a watch on them: Karnataka Congress leader Zameer Ahmad


20:48 IST

A meeting of Congress leaders is underway in Bengaluru. KC Venugopal, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Siddaramaiah, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Mallikarjun Kharge, Eshwar Khandre and Zameer Ahmad among other Congress leaders are present.

19:34 IST

Arvind Limbavali, BJP: High level BJP delegation is going to meet Governor of Karnataka at 1 PM. We want immediate intervention of the Governor. We will decide further course of action after tomorrow's meetings with Governor and Speaker.


19:33 IST

Arvind Limbavali, BJP: A meeting of Karnataka BJP MLAs was held under BS Yeddyurappa. Yesterday we decided to protest at district headquarters for the immediate resignation of CM. Today we have decided that all BJP MLAs will protest in front of Vidhan Soudha at 11:30 AM tomorrow.


19:33 IST

Karnataka Congress Minister DK Shivakumar to go to Mumbai tomorrow to meet the rebel Karnataka MLAs.


18:25 IST

BJP MLAs went to Karnataka Assembly Speaker's office and left without meeting the Speaker, KR Ramesh Kumar, as he was not there.


17:49 IST

Sources: Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy has suggested JD(S) MLAs to be at Prestige Golfshire Club in Bengaluru for at least 4 days.

17:07 IST

BJP MLA Basavaraj Bommai who went to meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker along with other BJP MLAs: We had come to meet the speaker and he is not there. We have got a message that he is not coming today that is why we are leaving.


16:01 IST

Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and BK Hariprasad to go to Bengaluru today to defuse the ongoing political turmoil in the state.

15:59 IST

Union Minister & BJP leader DV Sadananda Gowda: In the initial stage we tried once but afterwards we kept quiet. Congress & JDS MLAs don't have faith in their own leaders & government. We are not behind any MLAs from Congress or JDS.


15:22 IST

Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar: Have written to Governor that none of the rebel MLAs have met me. He has expressed confidence that I'll uphold constitutional norms. Out of 13 resignations, 8 are not according to law. I've given them time to present themselves before me.


14:18 IST

Congress submits a petition to Karnataka Speaker, seeks action against the rebel party MLAs who failed to abide with party instructions. Read more


13:39 IST

Sonia Gandhi sends Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and BK Hariprasad to Bengaluru

13:37 IST

"This time not only state BJP wing but also national level leaders like Amit Shah & Mr Modi are involved. On their direction efforts have been put to destabilise govt. It's against democracy&people's mandate. They're offering money, position, ministership," says Siddaramaiah. 

13:37 IST


13:30 IST

"I have voluntarily given resignation to Speaker. Congress is questioning me repeatedly. I have already explained myself to them and can’t do it again. They are furious because I have spoken the truth. They have suspended me. Hence now I’m going to submit my resignation to speakers office," says Roshan Baig. Read more here. 

13:16 IST

Congress leader Roshan Baig has resigned from the post of MLA. He submitted his resignation to the Speaker Ramesh Kumar. 

12:37 IST

About 10 to 12 MLAs were seen outside Mumbai's Renaissance hotel in Powai.

12:35 IST

The Congress MPs in Lok Sabha walkout of the House in protest against the political situation in Karnataka.


12:26 IST

Dr Sudhakar, MTB Nagaraj and B Nagendra have sent letters stating they skipped CLP meeting because they were unwell. Tukaram claimed he's in the hospital while Raje Gowda said he's undergoing treatement in Dharmasthala. Fathima said that she's attending someone's wedding. 

Some of the MLAs who skipped the meeting were spotted in Hotel Renaissance,  Mumbai's Powai, sources told Zee News..

12:24 IST

"Today (Tuesday) the Congress Legislature Party will submit a petition before the Speaker seeking disqualification of the members who are trying to resign from the membership," said Siddaramaiah. "According to us it's anti-party activities. As they have colluded with BJP," added the senior Congress leader, "Even now I request them to come back and withdraw their resignations."

11:54 IST

Youth Congress workers begin march from Cubbon Park to Raj Bhawan. 


11:53 IST

"I've certain rules, I'll go by that. Then decision will be taken. I've to be responsible. Certain things in law are implied. Office of Speaker should behave responsibly. No time-frame is mentioned there," says Speaker Ramesh Kumar.

11:41 IST

Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Karnataka political crisis. Congress MP BK Hariprasad gave an Adjournment Motion Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 on current political situation in Karnataka.

11:36 IST

"I have pressure from 3 side - people of Karnataka, Constitution of India and Sathy Sai Baba. I have to work honestly. I am not going to call anyone, Whoever want to meet me may come," Speaker Ramesh Kumar.


11:11 IST

All Karnataka disgruntled MLAs who had left from Mumbai yesterday are believed to be at an undisclosed location, about 90 kms from Pune towards Satara. The MLAs will be reaching Pune Airport around 1 pm to decide their further destination between Goa or Bangalore.

11:10 IST

"It has become their (Congress) nature to allege anybody for their failure. Their MLAs have submitted their resignations to the Governor. We are monitoring the situation and will decide accordingly," Union Minister Pralhad Joshi to ANI.

11:09 IST

Suspected Congress members missing from CLP meeting are E Tukaram, Subba Reddy, Anjali Nimbalkar, K Sudhakar and Raje Gowda.

11:07 IST

Congress leader MTB Nagaraj and Roshan Baig not attending the Congress CLP meeting. Baig boycotted the meeting because he was suspended from the party, Nagaraj skipped meet over bad health. 


11:03 IST

"Rajnath Singh is telling that 'we are nowhere bothered, we are not interested, we don't know about this' (political situation in Karnataka). BS Yeddyurappa is also saying the same, but he is sending his PA to pick up all our Ministers," says Congress' DK Shivakumar.

10:57 IST

"I am confident that the government will survive and will stay. That I am confident about," Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao to ANI.

10:49 IST

Speaker Ramesh Kumar reaches Vidhan Sabha, to decide on resignations.


10:44 IST

Earlier state of 224-member Karnataka Assembly: 

BJP (105 + 2 Independants): 107 

Coalition government: = 117 (Congress: 79, JDS: 37, BSP: 1/ Speaker won't vote since it's not a tie) 

Halfway mark: 113 


Following the resignations, status of 211-member Karnataka Assembly: 

BJP (105 + 2 Independants): 107 

Coalition government: = 104 (69 Congress, 34 JD(S), 1 BSP/ Speaker won't vote since it's not a tie)

Halfway mark: 106 

10:34 IST

“The people of Karnataka are fed up of this, the government is dead. We are praying some good change should come to the state. We have iy (take charge),we are big in numbers ,we have to respect the voters,” says says BJP's Tara Anuradha.

09:58 IST

Siddaramaiah, Priyank Kharge and other Congress leaders arrive for Congress Legislative Party meeting at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru.



09:57 IST

Congress MPs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and K Suresh have given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over political situation in Karnataka.

09:04 IST

 BJP leaders Murugesh Nirani, Umesh Katti, JC Madhuswamy and K Ratna Prabha arrive at Yeddyurappa's residence in Bengaluru. 

09:01 IST

"I am hurt by the way my party has treated me, the way they have suspended me," says disgruntled Congress leader R Roshan Baig, who was suspended last month over alleged "anti-party" activities. "I was suspended just because I said the bitter truth... the way they have treated me I am hurt." 

"The other thing is that I am not going to Bombay and Goa, I am here in Bangalore city with my family. I am busy at the Haj Bhawan and the Hawan terminal,  I am going to resign from my MLAship," he said, further adding, "They (BJP) are in touch with me ... In a day or two I will resign. When the party doesn't need me, where is the need to stay in the party."

08:43 IST

Congress MLAs who are staying in Mumbai had planned to shift to Pune, later changing it to Goa. But they are now staying back at an undisclosed location in Mumbai: ANI


08:41 IST

The 14 rebel MLAs, who left Karnataka on Saturday, are still untraceable. They may be in Pune and its neighbouring regions, but haven't reached Goa so far, sources told Zee News.

08:40 IST

The Congress accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of destabilising the Karnataka government, a charge denied by the saffron party. “BJP is doing Horse Trading of our MLA's which is unconstitutional and dirty politics,” said Congress in a statement. To protest against it, the Karnataka Pradesh Youth Congress Committee (KPYCC) will launch a padayatra (foot march) on Tuesday. The march will begin at 11.15 am from Cubbon Park Metro Station to Rajbhavan, where party members will meet and submit memorandum to Karnataka governor “to stop Devil Acts of BJP and safeguard the democracy in Karnataka.

08:40 IST

The fate of the Karnataka coalition government is likely to be sealed Tuesday after Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar takes a final call on the resignation of the rebel Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs. Read more