Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will hold a crucial cabinet meeting on Thursday to save the besieged coalition government from collapsing. It is being reported that CM Kumaraswamy may resign after the meeting to make way for the Congress to lead the state government.
The JD(S) leader has also accused the BJP of indulging in dirty politics by trying to poach coalition party leaders. With the resignation of nearly 16 MLAs, the government has fallen into a minority which has given a boost to the saffron party. The BJP has also been demanding the resignation of Kumaraswamy.
Meanwhile, the rebel MLAs have moved the Supreme Court against Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. He has been accused of abandoning his constitutional duty and deliberately delaying the acceptance of the MLAs' resignations. Senior Counsel Mukul Rohatgi is likely to appear for the rebel MLAs.
Speaker Ramesh Kumar's advocate urges SC on an urgent hearing
The advocate representing the speaker Ramesh Kumar, Abhishek Manu Singhvi has urged the Supreme Court to take up an urgent hearing, as the speaker needs more time to analyse the resignations. He also said that the Apex Court cannot direct the speaker in such matters.
However, the SC has rejected the urgent hearing.
Two more MLAs joins the rebel camp in Mumbai
Two more dissident MLAs from Karnataka have joined the rebel camp on Thursday with their party colleagues, who are staying at the Renaissance hotel in Mumbai.
Yedyurappa to hold BJP Legislature Party meeting today
The state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa will hold Legislature Party meeting at Vidhana Soudha on Thursday at 4:30 pm ahead of the rebel MLAs arrival.
The dissident MLAs are slated to leave Mumbai by 2:30 pm and reach Bengaluru around 4:30 pm. They are supposed to reach Vidhana Soudha to re-submit their resignation letter to the speaker KR Ramesh Kumar before 6:00 pm.
The speaker had earlier dismissed the resignation letters of some MLAs as they were not in the right format.
CM Kumaraswamy arrives for the cabinet meeting
The chief minister of Karnataka HD Kumaraswamy has arrived at Vidhana Soudha to chair the cabinet meeting. CLP leader Siddaramaiah, KPCC president Dinesh Gundu Rao and deputy CM G Parameshwara have also reached state legislature house.
SC directs Karnataka DGP to provide protection to all the rebel MLAs
The Supreme Court has directed the 10 rebel MLAs from Congress and JD(S) to appear before the speaker KR Ramesh Kumar by 6 pm today to enable him to decide on their resignations "during the course of the day".
Three more MLAs will submit their resignations
It is alleged that three more MLAs will submit their resignations on Thursday.
According to the reports, rebel MLA Ramalinga Reddy's daughter Sowmya Reddy, Anjali Nimbalkar and Ganesh Hukkeri are speculated to submit resignation to the speaker KR Ramesh
Won't resign says HDK
After a meeting with the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah and troubleshooter DK Shivakumar and other senior Congress leaders, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said that he won't resign.
The decision comes after the CM met the Congress leaders at Kumara Krupa guesthouse in Bengaluru. He said that similar events had taken place before also when the BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa was chief minister of the state in 2009 and 18 MLAs had then opposed him but Yeddyurappa did not quit.
CM Kumaraswamy to visit JD(S) MLAs camping at Prestige Golfshire resort
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is likely to visit the JD(S) MLAs camping at Prestige Golfshire Club at Nandi Hills road in Devanahalli.
More than 30 police officers and 40 private security personnel have been deployed at the resort. Fearing the BJP of indulging in 'Operation Lotus' the CM had suggested his party MLAs to be at the resort for at least 4 days.
We were forced to leave Mumbai: DK Shivakumar
The Congress strongman DK Shivakumar claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and Mumbai police had detained them and was kept in a guest house. "We were forced to leave Mumbai," he said.
Congress rebel MLA ST Somashekar returned to Bengaluru
Section 144 imposed around Vidhana Soudha
Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) has been imposed for a radius of 2 km around Vidhana Soudha from July 11 to July 14 due to the ongoing political crisis in the state. Curfew to be imposed from 6 am to 12 am.