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Karnataka Crisis: DK Shivkumar Calls On HD Deve Gowda In Bengaluru, Rebel JD(S) MLAs Hold Meeting In Mumbai. LIVE Updates

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:
The JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka plunged into a crisis on Saturday, with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the Speaker.
KUMARASWAMY ARRIVES IN BENGALURU
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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy arrived at HAL Airport in Bengaluru

 

Update at 4:00 pm
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Members of Youth Congress protests outside Sofitel hotel alleging horse trading and conspiracy by the BJP. 

 

Update at 3:08 PM
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Congress is set to stage a protest outside Mumbai's Sofitel Hotel against BJP's alleged horsetrading 


 

Update at 2:53 PM
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Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy to leave from New Delhi at 5:40 PM and reach Bengaluru at night.

Update at 2:01 PM
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Rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs hold meeting in Mumbai's Sofitel Hotel amid Karnataka crisis

Update at 1:09 PM
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BJP MLC Prasad Lad was spotted outside Sofitel Mumbai BKC hotel where the rebel MLAs are staying until Tuesday 

 

Update at 12:52 PM
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JD(S) leaders HD Revanna, D Kupendra Reddy, HK Kumaraswamy, and DC Thammanna have also joined the meeting between Congress leader & Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar and JD(S) leader & former PM, HD Deve Gowda in Bengaluru.

 

Update at 12:42 PM
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Congress workers held a protest outside party office in Karnataka's capital asking Congress MLAs to take back their resignation

Update at 12:35 PM
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Meanwhile, Congress leader Mahendra Singhi was spotted outside Sofitel Mumbai BKC hotel. 

He said, "I only met Ramesh Jarkiholi. I have not met any other MLAs. I won't say anything about what I don't know."

 

Update at 12:32 PM
2 months ago

The former CM of Karnataka and Congress leader Siddaramaiah accused the BJP of the political situation in the state. READ HERE

He said, "This clearly shows that BJP is behind all these defections. It is Operation Kamala...Everything is fine. Don't worry. The government will survive, there is no threat to the government."

 

Update at 12:19 PM
2 months ago

Congress leader and Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar meets JD(S) leader and former PM, HD Deve Gowda in Bengaluru.

 

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The JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka plunged into a crisis on Saturday, with 13 MLAs of the alliance submitting their resignation to the Speaker.

Ever since the story has only escalated and on Saturday night arrived at the Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai and are known to stay there until Tuesday. As per reports, a meeting will be held between the 10 MLAs who are lodged in the 5-star hotel in Bandra at 12 noon on Sunday. This crucial meeting will be decisive as the MLAs are known to chalk out the further plan of action.

On Saturday, newly resigned MLAs issued their first statement with former JD(S) state president H.Vishwanath saying that 14 MLAs have resigned as they have lost faith in the current government, dispelling rumours of 'Operation Lotus'.

Here are key events of Saturday's Karnataka Crisis :

  • 8 MLAs handed over their resignations to state Assembly Speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar. H Vishwanath, Mahesh Kumathalli, BC Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Shivaram Hebbar, Narayan Gowda, Pratap Gowda, and Ramalinga Reddy triggered the first wave of resignations.
  • Close on heels three more Congress MLAs-  Byrathi Basavaraj, ST Somashekar, and Munirathna submitted their resignations too. Apart from these MLAs, Soumya Reddy and Gopalaiah had reportedly handed over their resignations, bringing the total number of resignations to 13.
  • Former Karnataka Home Minister and seven-time Congress MLA confirmed that he had resigned from his post, triggering Congress Committee General Secretary KC Venugopal to be rushed to Bengaluru, to control the damage. 
  • In an exclusive scoop, the Leader of Opposition Yeddyurappa's aide of BJP leader was photographed standing outside the hotel where the rebelling JD(S) leaders were staying.
  • Resigned MLAs then moved to the Governor's House while Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and State minister DK Shivakumar called an emergency meeting of Congress Bengaluru MLAs and Corporators later in the day.
  • The Speaker who had left his chambers citing health reasons issued a statement confirming that 11 resignations were received, but he would be able to address the issue only on Tuesday as he had a prior appointment on Monday.
  • Meanwhile, in the Speakers chambers, DK Shivakumar had reportedly torn down the resignation letter of four ministers while attempting to hold talks with senior leaders including Ramalinga Reddy, Basavaraj Rayareddy, Munirathna, and S T Somashekhar in order to control the situation.
  • Both parties' leaders along with then retreated to their respective chambers to talk to their rebelling MLAs.
  • Reacting to the entire political situation, JD(S) chief Deve Gowda has said that the party will wait till Monday for the state assembly Speaker to come back and then take a decision. He also claimed that the 11 leaders who have resigned are well-wishers and loyalists of the government.
  • CLP chief Siddaramaiah reaches his Bengaluru residence 'Cauvery' and swings into damage control meeting the resigning Congress leaders.
  • Four of the 11 resigned MLAs have demanded that Congress Legislative Party (CLP) chief Siddaramaiah be made Chief Minister, replacing CM H D Kumaraswamy, who is currently in the US, as per sources. Sources have further reported that S.T. Somashekar, Byrathi Basavaraj, Munirathna, and another MLA have allegedly made this demand.
  • Rebel MLAs issue their first statement with former JD(S) state president H.Vishwanath saying that 14 MLAs have resigned as they have lost faith in the current government, dispelling rumours of 'Operation Lotus'.

Current Karnataka Government numbers:

  • The Congress and JD(S) coalition, which won 115 seats combined, is currently in power in the Karnataka State Assembly managing a slim margin over the BJP's 105 seats. With the exodus of 13 MLAs from the JD(S)- Congress coalition, then the JD(S)-Congress combination gets reduced to 102 MLAs, falling short of BJP's 105 MLAs. But this excludes the BSP's 1 MLA and 2 Independent MLAs. With the reduced number of seats, the halfway mark has also been reduced to 105 with both BJP and the current government JD(S)-Congress-BSP) possess 105 seats.
  • While the BJP government may have the numbers to conduct a trust vote on the Assembly, they do not have the numbers to pull down the government which may continue as a minority government. Sources have reported that BJP may wait for the by-polls to assess the party's chances better.

 

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