Karnataka Crisis Live: Trust vote debate may go on till Monday, says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka crisis

LIVE Updates of the 'natak' of Karnataka:

-Trust vote debate may go on till Monday: Sidda: The Congress party's Siddaramaiah says that the discussion on the trust vote 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," he said.Just before the Vidhan Soudha adjourned till 3 pm, the ruling Cong-JDS coalition questioned Governor Vajubhai Vala's power to issue a direction to hold the  floor test by 1:30 pm.With the Karnataka CM citing a Supreme Court verdict that a Governor cannot act as ombudsman of Legislature he said he would not criticise the Governor and requested the Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to decide whether the Governor can set a deadline.As the treasury bench objected to the Governor's direction, Congress members shouted slogans, "Go back Governor."When the 1:30 pm deadline ended, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa stood up and pressed for division of votes moved by the Chief Minister.The Speaker said there was a process to be followed and the motion would be put to vote, if pressed for, according to rules after discussion. Amid bedlam, the House was then adjourned till 3 pm.

-Is it even possible to save a govt with black magic!: Karnataka CM HD Kumarswamy react to BJP MLAs saying his brother carried a lemon for black magic: "You blame Revanna (state minister and CM's brother) for carrying a lemon. You (BJP) believe in Hindu culture, but you blame him. He carries a lemon with him and he goes to a temple. But you accuse him of doing black magic. Is it even possible to save a Govt by black magic?"

Karnataka Crisis

New Delhi, July 19: Speaker holds his ground, guv's deadline ends:Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala's deadline ends. He had directed Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to hold a floor test by 1.30 pm today, but the Speaker held his ground saying unless the discussion is complete, you cannot press for division of votes for the floor test.Karnataka CrisisThe House has now been adjourned till 3 pm.Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala on Thursday asked Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to prove his majority in the state assembly before 1.30 pm on Friday, observing that resignation of 15 ruling combine MLAs and withdrawal of support by two independents 'prima facie' indicated he has lost the confidence of the House.Today, Karnataka Congress MP Nasir Hussain hinted at the possibility of his party approaching the Supreme Court over Governor Vajubhai Vala's message to the Speaker to wrap up the trust vote in the Assembly."I think the Congress party will go to Supreme Court because Governor cannot interfere in the matter of Speaker, he has no right to do it. Governor is arbitrarily interfering and trying to work as an agent of a party", Hussain told ANI.The governor gave the timeline while taking note of the adjournment of the House till Friday after it took up the confidence motion moved by Kumaraswamy in the backdrop of rebellion by a section of ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular).Though a message as contemplated under article 175 (2) is sent to the Speaker, I'm informed that the House is adjourned today. Under these circumstances, I request you to prove your majority on the floor of the House on or before 1.30 pm tomorrow (Friday),' Vala has said in a letter to Kumaraswamy.

 The Mumbai Police has allowed Karnataka Police officials to meet and take the statement of Congress MLA Shrimant Patil, who is admitted at St George hospital in Mumbai.Patil's disappearing act from Karnataka and his sudden appearance in Mumbai came on a day the state Assembly was rocked during a trust vote. The Congress alleged that Patil, who had gone incommunicado, had been "kidnapped" as part of efforts to destabliise the coalition government.The Congress MLAs said the lawmakers were living in fear and Patil was kidnapped, kept in a room, taken by a special flight to Mumbai and admitted to a hospital.Senior minister DK Shivakumar said they would produce documents to show that Patil was forcibly admitted to the hospital to skip the trust vote.Patil said he would return to Bengaluru once he recovers."I went to Chennai for some personal work and felt chest pain, so I visited a hospital and on medical advice, I came to Mumbai and got myself admitted here," he said yesterday.

I have strength to be non-partisan: Speaker:  

The Karnataka trust vote debate resumes in the Assembly.The Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar  says, "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 like others. I have enough strength to take a non partisan decision despite such slurs."Meanwhile, BJP Karnataka MP, Shobha Karandlaje is climbing the 1001 steps of the Sri Chamundeshwari Devi Temple to pray for BS Yeddyurappa to become the next Chief Minister of the state.The Karnataka Congress on Friday hinted at the possibility of his party approaching the Supreme Court over Governor Vajubhai Vala's message to the Speaker to wrap up the trust vote in the Assembly.MP Nasir Hussain said, "I think the Congress party will go to Supreme Court because Governor cannot interfere in the matter of Speaker, he has no right to do it. Governor is arbitrarily interfering and trying to work as an agent of a party", Hussain told ANI.On being asked whether there is clarity on when will they move to SC, he said, "I believe Congress will go to the apex court. He is working against established norms of assembly. Also, Congress can go to the court to challenge the first order because we were not a party into it.""The judgement says we cannot issue a whip. However, unless we put forward our argument how can be there be a decision. We have objection over the Supreme Court order. If we cannot issue whip how can we go for a vote of confidence? I believe Congress will go to court in both cases."He also cited the previous judgment of the court and said, "I believe that the SC judgement has clearly pointed out that the authority of the Speaker is supreme and there cannot be any interference into it. The timing of the trust vote and the functioning of the assembly has to be decided by the Speaker of the assembly. Governor can only give direction that a vote of confidence request has come and may request the speaker to take it. Governor cannot fix deadlines for the trust vote."Yesterday, 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 the next day.The BJP announced that its members will spend the night in the House in protest.The 13-month-old Congress-JDS government had earlier this month 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.

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