Karnataka live updates: Rebel MLAs behaved as an earthquake occurred, says Speaker Ramesh Kumar

Here are the live updates on Karnataka political crisis:


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BENGALURU/NEW DELHI: Amid the political upheaval in Karnataka, the Supreme Court directed the dissenting MLAs to resign again and asked Speaker Ramesh Kumar to take a decision on the resignations by the end of Thursday. 

A meeting of the state Cabinet is also due to be held at Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru. The meeting comes a day after state minister DK Shivakumar, who went to Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs staying in a hotel, was detained by police. He was later deported back to Bengaluru. Sources also claimed that Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy may resign. 

Here are the live updates on Karnataka political crisis:


11 July 2019
19:58 PM

Congress and JDS both have issued whip to their respective MLAs as Monsoon Session of Karnataka Assembly is scheduled to begin from Friday. The House will commence at 11 AM.

19:34 PM

Karnataka Speaker: They (rebel MLAs) told me that some people had threatened them & they went to Mumbai in fear. But I told them that they should've approached me & I would've given them protection. Only 3 working days have elapsed but they behaved like an earthquake occurred.


19:27 PM

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar: The Supreme Court has asked me to take a decision. I have videographed everything and I will send it to the Supreme Court.


19:26 PM

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar: I need to examine these resignations (of rebel MLAs) all night and ascertain if they are genuine.


19:24 PM

Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh: MLAs don't communicate to me & rush to the Governor. What can he do? Is it not misuse? They approached the SC. My obligation is to people of this state & Constitution of the country. I am delaying because I love this land. I am not acting in haste.


19:14 PM

Karnataka Speaker: On Monday, I scrutinized resignations based on rule 202, Karnataka Assembly Rules & Procedures. 8 letters weren't in prescribed format. In case of the rest, I'm obliged to look if resignations are voluntary&genuine. Won't speak about voluntary&genuine nature of resignations.


19:13 PM

Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar: On July 6, I was in my chamber till 1.30 pm. The MLAs came there at 2 pm, they didn't even take prior appointment. So, it's untrue that I ran away because they were coming.

19:08 PM

Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar: I felt hurt when I saw some news that I am delaying the process. Governor informed me on 6th. I was in office till then and later I left for personal work. Before that no MLAs informed that they were coming to meet me.


18:51 PM

Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to meet mediapersons at 7 pm today in Vidhana Soudha.


16:51 PM

Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar arrives in office. Rebel MLAs reach Bengaluru and are set to meet the Speaker before 6 PM.


16:26 PM

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy government is not in minority and the government can prove the numbers on the floor of House: Congress MLA U T Kader


15:23 PM

Rebel Congress MLAs reach Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai. They have been directed by the Supreme Court to meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6 pm today and submit their resignations if they so wish.


14:23 PM

Supreme Court rejects Speaker Ramesh Kumar's plea, says hearing on matter fixed on Friday, July 12. 

14:03 PM

Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar files an appeal in the Supreme Court, seeking withdrawal of top court's order. The speaker has said that the court can not pass such an order.

The Supreme Court has asked the 10 rebel legislators to appear before the Speaker by 6.00 pm Thursday and submit resignation again. The top court further directed the speaker to decide on the resignations by the end of the day.

14:01 PM

"Will follow SC's order," say rebel Karanataka MLAs, leave for Bengaluru from Mumbai.


12:52 PM

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Thursday made a scathing attack on the BJP and accused the saffron party of damaging democracy by using money and muscle power. Read more

12:43 PM

Karnataka MLA’s likely to leave for Bengaluru from Mumbai in a chartered flight around 2.30 pm. Arrangements for the flight are underway, sources told Zee Media.


12:22 PM

"I wish I was speaking under happier circumstances. I'm not unhappy only because India lost cricket match yesterday, I'm very unhappy that democracy is suffering a blow every day. What we've seen in Karnataka, Goa may appear to be political upmanship but it has very damaging effect on economy. Foreign investors, rating agencies, international organisations don't follow Indian media. What they hear and read on political instability will have an impact on economy," says Congress MP Chidambaram in Rajya Sabha.

11:59 AM

"We have confidence that the MLAs will be with us. I hope they will come back and withdraw their resignation," Karnataka Minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar in Bengaluru.

11:48 AM

"Congress has no national president for 40 days now. How can BJP be responsible for it? Congress MLAs think that the party is bankrupt, so they are joining BJP," said Union Minister Prakash Javedekar.

"The central government or BJP is not doing anything. These people are not able to save their own party, so can BJP do? Congress should contemplate on its situation. Congress is responsible for its own plight. We condemn its allegations. Whatever happened in the Supreme Court is a legal process," added Javadekar.


11:28 AM

SC tells the 10 rebel MLAs to appear before the Speaker at 6 pm to intimate their decision on resignations. The top court will take up the matter again on Friday, July 12. 

11:18 AM

The Supreme Court says Karnataka Speaker has to take a decision in remaining part the day. The Court also ordered the DGP of Karnataka to provide protection to all the rebel MLAs and adjourned the hearing for tomorrow (July 12).

11:07 AM

Supreme Court asks 10 rebel Congress-JDS MLAs of Karnataka "to meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6pm today and submit their resignations if they so wish." SC, says, "security would be provided to the MLAs."

11:07 AM

Congress on Thursday staged a protest outside Parliament and alleged that democracy is under a big threat. Several top leaders of Congress, including Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, participated in the protest near the Gandhi statue outside Parliament. Carrying ' Save Democracy' placards, the leaders alleged that underhand tactics are being used in both Karnataka as well as Goa to sway MLAs away. Congress had already pointed the accusatory finger at the Bharatiya Janata Party for allegedly indulging in horse-trading in Karnataka, only to be rebuked by defence minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha. Read more. 

09:12 AM

One of rebel MLAs, ST Somshekher, is returning to Bangalore on Thursday to attend a meeting of Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). He's the chairman of BDA. Sources say there's been no change in his stand on resignation. 


09:05 AM

The Supreme Court will hear a plea filed by a group of dissident MLAs, who earlier resigned from the state Assembly and accused the Speaker of not accepting their resignations. The 10 MLAs had approached the Supreme Court against the Speaker`s decision on Wednesday and sought an urgent hearing in the matter. In their plea, filed through senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, the rebel legislators alleged that Speaker was not performing his constitutional duty and deliberately delaying the acceptance of their resignations from the state assembly.

08:44 AM

Speculations are rife that Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy may resign on Thursday. Ahead of that, the CM will chair a crucial meeting of the state cabinet at the Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru. According to the Chief Minister`s Office, the cabinet meeting will have all the ministers as they have only submitted their resignations to their party presidents, not to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.