The much-awaited floor test in the Karnataka Assembly could not be conducted on Thursday due to a ruckus between the ruling Congress-JD-S and opposition BJP over the Governor's 'interference' in the House proceedings, an official said.
"Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar adjourned the House proceedings at 6 pm amid ruckus between the ruling and opposition members over a message by Governor Vajubhai Vala to the former (Kumar) to conduct the floor test by the end of the day," an official told IANS.
The Assembly will resume on Friday at 11 am, with the debate on the confidence motion Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy moved earlier in the day to prove that his coalition government has a majority in the House.
Congress-JD(S) have only 98 MLAs, says Yeddyurappa
BS Yeddyurappa, BJP: 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 confidence of the house and the people. Everybody knows Congress-JD(S) have only 98 MLAs, we have 105. #KarnatakaFloorTest pic.twitter.com/1Gs46NIuJI— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
BJP to protest inside Assembly
"Continue the debate on vote of confidence"
Jagadish Shettar, BJP: CM had fixed today for 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 vote of confidence. pic.twitter.com/FgNdFWlksO— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
Trust vote by the end of the day
Coalition Govt has lost the majority: BJP
Coalition Govt has lost the MAJORITY— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) July 18, 2019
According to constitution any govt that doesn't have majority should step down.
In Karnataka, Congress & JDS is holding on to power without majority. In their greed for power they have disrespected the constitution of this nation#StepDownCM
House adjourned for 30 minutes
Karnataka Assembly adjourned till 4.30 pm.
Give a detailed report to me by tomorrow - Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh
Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to Karnataka Home Minister MB Patil: 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 Home Minister can't ensure protection, I will talk to DGP. https://t.co/aV6VYY4axU— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
Conspiracy by BJP - Dinesh Gundu Rao
"There was hospital right next to resort where our MLAs are staying, then why was he (MLA Shrimant Patil) flown to Chennai & then to Mumbai for treatment? He is healthy, nothing is wrong with him. It's a conspiracy by BJP," said Karnataka Congress President Dinesh Gundu Rao in Assembly.
Have evidence to prove BJP behind 'abduction' of Congress MLA Shrimant Patil
DK Shivakumar, Congress in Karnataka Assembly says, "There were 8 MLAs who traveled together, here is a picture of one of them (Shrimant Patil) lying inert on a stretcher, where are these people? I'm asking the Speaker to protect our MLAs." Uproar in the house after this. pic.twitter.com/08ugj0XuiM— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
Greed for power of Congress & JDS - BJP Karnataka
The entire country watches how the greed for power of Congress & JDS is at display in Karnataka— BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) July 18, 2019
Instead of proving their majority in Vidhana Soudha @hd_kumaraswamy is whiling away the time bringing the entire state of Karnataka to stand still.
Shame on @hd_kumaraswamy
Tenth Schedule of the Constitution
The Tenth Schedule, which was inserted in the Constitution by the Constitution (Fifty-Second Amendment) Act, 1985, popularly known as the "anti-defection law", provides for the disqualification of Members of Parliament and state legislatures who defect.
List of MLAs absent from the Karnataka Assembly today
1) Byrathi Basavaraj
3) ST Somashekar
4) Ramesh Jarkiholi
5) Roshan Baig
6) Srimanth Patil
7) Anand Singh
8) B Nagendra
9) R Shankar
10) K Gopalaiah
11) Narayana Gowda
12) MTB Nagaraj
13) BC Patil
14) H Vishwanath
15) Mahesh Kumthahalli
16) Prathap Gouda Patil
17) Dr Sudhakar
18) Shivaram Hebbar
19) N Mahesh
Not appropriate to take floor test in this session: Siddaramaiah
"Till we get clarification on Supreme Court's previous order, it is not appropriate to take floor test in this session which is against the Constitution," said Siddaramaiah.
DK Shivakumar, Congress in Karnataka Assembly: Yeddyurappa is misguiding the nation
Yeddyurappa demands trust vote should take place immediately
BS Yeddyurappa said that the trust vote should be taken up without delay as there is no need for prolonged discussion on the issue when the chief minister himself has admitted he does not have the desired support to remain in power.
20 MLAs not present in the Assembly
Twenty MLAs are not present in the Assembly. These include 15 rebel MLAs, two Independents, two Congress MLAs and the lone BSP MLA. The strength of the House, thus, is 204. The new majority mark, as things stand, is 103. The BJP has 105 MLAs. All of the saffron party's MLAs are present, reported The News Minute.
Speaker may disqualify rebel MLAs
Karnataka Speaker in Assembly: 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. pic.twitter.com/CEM0i2BsaA— ANI (@ANI) July 18, 2019
Siddaramaiah raises defection issue
"I want to raise a point of order. We need some clarification from you under Rule 351. The chief minister has already spoken about the 10th Schedule," said Siddaramaiah.
Karnataka Congress MLA Shrimant Patil admitted to a hospital
Siddaramaiah speaks in Assembly
Congress Legislative Party leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah recounted an incident when an MLA had defected political parties thrice in a single day. He then spoke about Gandhian principles in a democracy, batting for reforms in politics of defections.
Congress and JDS submit a list of 26 speakers for the trust motion
As Kumaraswamy moved the motion, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa said that the trust vote process should be completed in a single day.
"Who is responsible for destabilising this government?"
"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?" asked CM Kumaraswamy.
CM: My focus not to be CM or be in power
"My priority is development in Karnataka," said HDK.
"I will prove my majority" claimed CM Kumaraswamy
Kumaraswamy said that most MLAs are happy with his government and he will prove the majority in the Assembly. He added that he has trust in the Speaker. "Our duty to follow the Constitution," said CM.
Why is opposition in a hurry, asks Kumaraswamy
CM Kumaraswamy asked the BJP why do they want to finish the discussion today. "We have not yet discussed the reasons for which we have to face the trust vote. I will not speak about the court order but they have even raised doubts about you [Speaker]," said Kumaraswamy.
Opposition trying to topple my government - CM Kumaraswamy
CM HD Kumaraswamy said during the trust vote discussion that his government has faced many challenged with the opposition trying to topple his government. "Have worked very hard during my term and this government is ready to face more challenges," he said.
Two Congress MLAs not present in the House
It would be in favour of Congress-JD(S) if the motion is not put to vote today. It was speculated that the alliance is banking on turning the two Independent MLAs who are in Bengaluru on their side.
Trust vote debate begins
A discussion on the confidence motion will take place after which the Speaker will the motion to vote.
BSP MLA to abstain from floor test
The lone Bahujan Samaj Party MLA, N Mahesh, said he will abstain from participating in the floor test, reported Times of India.
Verdict is encroaching upon the rights of the legislature - Dinesh Gundu Rao
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao took to Twitter to call the SC verdict a "bad judgment".
The #SupremeCourt verdict is now encroaching upon the rights of the Legislature.— Dinesh Gundu Rao / ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ (@dineshgrao) July 17, 2019
This is a bad judgement which seems to protect the defectors and encourages horse trading and also violating the doctrine of separation of powers.#KarnatakaPoliticalCrisis
There is no doubt that their motion will be defeated - BJP State President BS Yeddyurappa
"We are 101 per cent confident. They are less than 100, we are 105. There is no doubt that their motion will be defeated," said Yeddyurappa at Vidhana Soudha.
Status of coalition in the state
The coalition strength in the state is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and the BSP-1), besides the Speaker. If the Speaker accepts the resignations of the 16 MLAs, the tally will reduce to 100, in the 224 member assembly.
Section 144 imposed around the Vidhana Soudha
According to India Today, Section 144 has been imposed around 2 km radius of the Vidhan Soudha ahead of the high-drama trust vote at 11 am today.
Congress leader claims the coalition will win trust vote
Congress MLA Shrimant Patil goes missing
Congress MLA Shrimant Balasaheb Patil went missing from the resort ahead of the trust vote in Karnataka assembly. He was last seen in the resort at around 8 pm, reported India Today.
Rebel Karnataka MLAs still bound by Assembly rules
"Speaker has clarified that the members were bound to adhere to the rules of the Assembly and had to seek permission to remain absent," Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister Krishna Byre Gowda was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
Cong MLA Ramalinga Reddy: Will withdraw resignation
Hours before the floor test, Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy on Wednesday said he has decided to withdraw his resignation from the Assembly and will vote in favour of the trust vote to be sought by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.