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16:03 (IST)

HDK moves Supreme Court against governor issuing floor test deadlines, says report

According to India Today, HD Kumaraswamy moved the Supreme Court over Governor Vajubhai Vala’s direction for the floor test. Kumaraswamy reportedly called it unconstitutional the governor’s move to set deadline for the trust vote and said that a governor can’t dictate terms to the House.

15:49 (IST)

Governor tells HDK to prove majority by 6 pm

Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala has written to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, asking his to prove his majority on the floor of the House by 6 pm. On Thursday, Vala has asked Kumaraswamy to prove his majority by 1.30 pm on Friday.

15:16 (IST)

Karnataka governor behaving as agent of BJP, says KC Venugopal

“It is shameful that, instead of upholding the Constitution, the Karnataka governor has turned to be an agent of BJP. He can’t interfere in the functioning of Legislative Assembly. Stop converting Raj Bhavan to BJP Office,” KC Venugopal tweeted. 

15:13 (IST)

Karnataka Congress moves SC seeking clarification on scope of party whip

14:47 (IST)

Siddaramaiah says HDK yet to reply on discussion on trust vote 

After three long speeches, probably the most any person facing a trust vote has made, HD Kumaraswamy will also speak once more to keep the tradition of replying to the discussion on Motion of Trust, Siddaramaiah told reporters. 

Usually, the chief minister, or prime minister, tables the Motion of Trust with a moderately long speech outlining the government’s achievements. Then he replies to the discussions held, finally making a last appeal to MPs/MLAs to put their trust in the government. 

14:31 (IST)

Karnataka Floor Test Latest update: Siddaramaiah says voting likely to happen on Monday

Siddaramaiah said that since 20 more speakers are yet to give their opinion, the voting may take place on Monday. He says that it was important that the voice of every MLA is heard on such an important matter

14:16 (IST)

Karnataka Floor Test Latest update: Don’t think voting can happen today, says Siddaramaiah

The discussion is still not complete and 20 members are yet to participate.I don’t think it will finish today and it will continue on Monday also, Siddaramaiah said when questioned by reporters over the extraordinarily long debate on a motion of trust. 

13:59 (IST)

BJP likely to approach governor again

The BJP is likely to go to Raj Bhavan agian. The speaker also likely to meet governor to explain the present situation, India Today reported quoting sources in the party. 

13:42 (IST)

Governor’s deadline passes, Karnataka Assembly breaks for hour-and-half long lunch

The governor’s deadline has come and gone but the Assembly is nowhere close to conducting a vote. Infact, the speaker has made it clear that he will not conduct the vote until the discussion is over. At 1.35 pm, five minutes post the governor’s deadline, he adjourned the house till 3 pm.  

12:05 (IST)

Karnataka Trust Vote Latest update:  Speaker K Ramesh says he is not delaying trust vote

Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has dismissed suggestions that he was trying to delay the vote on the confidence motion moved by CM HD Kumaraswamy to decide the fate of his government.
The Speaker made his position clear as the Assembly proceedings began with Governor Vajubhai Vala having set 1.30 pm as the deadline to prove his majority today. 

“You may have your own apprehensions but let me make it clear that there is no room for me being impartial. I have led fairly in public life. Character assassination is easy but those commenting on me please look at your background,” the speaker said. 

10:15 (IST)

No one kidnapped me, says MLA Shrimant Patil as Congress claims otherwise

The Congress Thursday alleged in the Karnataka assembly its MLA Shreemant Patil, who suddenly disappeared after being with them at a resort and went incommunicado, had been ‘kidnapped’ as part of efforts to ‘topple’ the coalition government. However, Patil, in a video message on a social networking site, said no one had kidnapped him.

In the message, he said he had developed chest pain due to which he was admitted at a hospital in Mumbai where he had gone for some “personal work.”  “Yesterday I had come here (Mumbai) for some personal work. I felt tired, and body became numb and there was pain in the chest. Hence, I got admitted in a hospital in Mumbai. No one has kidnapped me. Since my health is not proper, I got admitted in a hospital.” Patil said.

09:26 (IST)

Meanwhile… Amid much political animosity on the floor of the House, Congress, BJP leaders break bread together

Even as allegations and counter allegations of subverting democracy are flying thick and fast between Congress and JD(S), the bonhomie the leaders of the two parties share on a personal level, seems to be unscathed. Today, after BJP MLAs camped at the Vidhan Soudha overnight, Congress leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka G Parameshwara was seen having breakfast with BJP’s Suresh Kumar. 

Yesterday, DK Shivakumar was spotted bantering with BJP’s B Sriramulu. 

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara eating breakfast with BJP MLA Suresh Kumar at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/922GRsVX31— ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2019

08:50 (IST)

Hold floor test immediately, says Jagadish Shettar

Karnataka MLA and BJP leader Jagadish Shettar has urged the Karnataka government to hold the trust vote urgently. “We insist the vote of confidence to be held immediately because it is a minority government and 15 MLAs have already resigned from their post,” Shettar said

07:51 (IST)

Karnataka trust vote Latest update:​ No trust vote in Karnataka Assembly yesterday,Governor sets HDK a deadline

A new political showdown loomed in Karnataka as the governor Thursday night set a timeline and asked Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to prove his majority before 1.30 pm Friday, hours after a trust vote could not take place with the Speaker adjourning the day’s proceedings in the assembly. 

As opposition BJP members starting an overnight ‘dharna’ inside the House, Governor Vajubhai Vala gave the time-line to Kumaraswamy, observing that resignation of 15 MLAs of the ruling JD(S)-Congress and withdrawal of support by two independents “prima facie” indicated he has lost the confidence of the House.

Karnataka Assembly Trust Vote (Floor Test) Latest Updates: Karnataka governor Vajubhai Vala has written to Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, asking his to prove his majority on the floor of the House by 6 pm. On Thursday, Vala has asked Kumaraswamy to prove his majority by 1.30 pm on Friday.

The governor’s deadline has come and gone but the Assembly is nowhere close to conducting a vote. Infact, the speaker has made it clear that he will not conduct the vote until the discussion is over. At 1.35 pm, five minutes post the governor’s deadline, he adjourned the house till 3 pm.
HD Kumaraswamy told BJP, “from the day I came to power, I know it won’t be for long… how long you will sit in power, I am here to see… how stable your government will be with the people who are now helping you.” He also asked the BJP why it was in a hurry to end the trust vote debate in one day if it was sure of its numbers.
On judgement day, we have to answer God. I appeal to the MLAs. You can do this to us but don’t do this to people who have sent you to this temple of democracy. We will come and go. This isn’t permanent: HD Kumaraswamy in Karnataka Assembly
Those who hurl slurs at my character, look back at what your life has been. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t have lakhs of money stashed up like others. I have enough strength to take a nonpartisan decision despite such slurs: Speaker K Ramesh Kumar told the Assembly.
The wording of Governor Vajubhai Vala’s letter was interesting to note. While addressing the Speaker, Vala said that the Speaker may consider holding a trust vote, whereas he told the chief minister that he requires him to prove his majority by 1.30 pm today. The government’s intervention was not taken kindly by the ruling side. The JD(S) leaders were quick to point out that the governor is overstepping his jurisdiction as the Speaker holds complete command over the House.
The Congress Thursday alleged in the Karnataka assembly its MLA Shreemant Patil, who suddenly disappeared after being with them at a resort and went incommunicado, had been ‘kidnapped’ as part of efforts to ‘topple’ the coalition government. However, Patil, in a video message on a social networking site, said no one had kidnapped him.
BJP legislators staged a night-long sit-in at Vidhana Soudha, protesting against the Congress-JD(S) government dragging its feet on the trust vote. The BJP MLAs were seen having discussions, dining together and sleeping on the green floor and the well of the House.
Shortly after the Karnataka Assembly was adjourned on Thursday without a trial of strength, Governor Vajubhai Vala wrote a letter to Chief Minister HD 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 on Friday.
Earlier on Thursday, the governor had conveyed to Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar that the government should enjoy the confidence of the House at all times and that the business of confidence vote be completed on Thursday itself.
“The motion of confidence moved is in consideration at the House. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy is expected to maintain the confidence of the House at all times. I send a message to consider trust vote by the end of the day,” Vala said in a message to the Speaker.
This came after a BJP delegation headed by former minister Jagdish Shettar rushed to the Raj Bhavan and met the governor seeking completion of the business on Thursday itself.
Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in the Karnataka Assembly on Thursday. PTI
After the Assembly proceedings, Water Resources Minister DK Shivakumar said that the governor is officially communicating that MLAs have withdrawn support which means it is a case under the anti-defection law.
“The governor has written a letter. He said that 15 MLAs have withdrawn support from the government. A governor certifying that MLAs have withdrawn support in itself proves that it is a fit case under the anti-defection law,” he said.
“A few MLAs have said that they have withdrawn support. But officially the governor communicating to the chief minister and the Speaker that the MLAs have withdrawn the support clearly shows that the anti-defection law can come into force,” he told reporters in Bengaluru.
“As per the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, they are supposed to lose membership… So, I am appealing the legislators that the BJP is trying to put monkey cap on you, be cautious,” Shivakumar said.
Earlier in the Assembly, senior Congress leader HK Patil questioned the governor’s action in sending the message to the Speaker and asked him not to “interfere” in the House proceedings.
The Speaker had acknowledged that he received the message from the governor about ensuring that the confidence is tested on Thursday.
Amid a furore on the issue with BJP members demanding that the confidence motion be put to vote immediately, the Chair adjourned the House till Friday.
The BJP announced that its members will spend the night in the House in protest.
Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa, in his speech, said the voting should be held on Thursday. “Even if it is midnight, let the trust vote be held today,” he said.
Eighteen MLAs were not present in the Assembly as the House took up the vote of confidence for debate.
The MLAs who were absent include Byrathi Basavaraj, Munirathna, ST Somashekar, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Roshan Baig, Srimanth Patil, Anand Singh, B Nagendra, R Shankar, K Gopalaiah, Narayana Gowda, MTB Basavaraj, BC Patil, H Vishwanath, Mahesh Kumthahalli, Prathap Gouda Patil, K Sudhakar and Shivaram Hebbar.
The 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) government had earlier in July slumped into a minority following the resignation of the dissident MLAs. Sixteen MLAs from the ruling coalition including thirteen Congress and three JD(S)MLAs have resigned.
If the dissident MLAs, who are in Mumbai, are counted out, the BJP appears to have the support of 105 MLAs in the 225-member state Assembly including one nominated MLA.

Updated Date: Jul 19, 2019 16:03:30 IST

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