Bengaluru: Karnataka coalition government on the brink

Bengaluru Karnataka coalition government brink here live updates

7:15 PM IST

HD Kumaraswamy says he wanted to resign after he returned from teh US

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy says he wanted to resign after he returned from the US, but he added, he wanted to wait as the Congress aassured it would help save the government. The revelation was made in conversation with his father HD Deve Gowda.

7:00 PM IST

CLP leader Siddaramaiah says BJP workers are goondas

Siddaramaiah, leader of the CLP, says it is the BJP MLAs who are goondas as they had nothing to do with MLA Sudhakar.

6:51 PM IST

MLAs Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj to fly to Mumbai?

MLAs MTB Nagaraj and Sudhakar, who put in their papers, are all set to fly to Mumbai and join the other disgruntled MLAs.

6:46 PM IST

Congress MLA Priyank Kharge tears into BJP

Congress MLA Priyank Kharge says it is hte BJP which has orchestrated all the drama in the Vidhana Soudha.

6:43 PM IST

HD Kumaraswamy all set to resign?

After the huge political drama, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy may resign, allowing the Congress party to form a new government. Sources say that he arrived at this decision after consultations with his father HD Deve Gowda.

6:32 PM IST

BJP MLA V Somanna says Priyank Kharge is not a human being at alll

V Somanna in an angry mood says MLA Priyank Kharge is no human being at all.

6:20 PM IST

Karnataka Governor instructs police to bring MLA Sudhakar to Raj Bhavan in ten minutes

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks Bengaluru police to bring Sudhakar (MLA from Chikkaballapura) to Raj Bhavan in ten minutes.

6:16 PM IST

MLA DK Shivakumar starts his journey to Bengaluru

Congress senior leader DK Shivakumar, who had been detained by the Mumbai cops, has started his return journey to Bengaluru. He said he had not been allowed to meet the disgruntled elements at the hotel. He blamed BJP for all the mess.

6:14 PM IST

Speaker to meet MLAs Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj on July 17

Karnataka assembly Ramesh Kumar will meet MLAs Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj, who had tendered resignations earlier.

6:12 PM IST

Former CM Siddaramaiah tries to pacify Sudhakar

Former CM Siddaramaiah tries to pacify Sudhakar, the Congress MLA from Chikkaballapura.

6:11 PM IST

Karnataka Governor asks cops to rescue Sudhakar

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala aks cops to extend protection to Sudhakar, the Congress MLA from Chikkaballapur. He was manhandled earlier in the third floor of the Vidhana Soudha.

6:09 PM IST

All gates of Vidhana Soudha shut

All doors of Vidhana Soudha shut after massive galata involving BJP and Congress leaders.

6:02 PM IST

CLP leader Siddaramaiah arrives at Vidhana Soudha

CLP leader Siddaramaiah  rushes to Vidhana Soudha to take stock of the situation.

5:53 PM IST

BS Yeddyurappa says this is a goonda sarkar

Opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa says MLA Sudhakar's wife rang him up and asked him to provide protection to her husband while the leader termed Kumaraswamy's government as "goonda sarkar".

5:51 PM IST

BS Yeddyurappa addresses media

Opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa says Governor should take action and those who manhandled MLA Sudhakar should be arrested

5:50 PM IST

DK Shivakumar addresses the media

Congress leader DK Shivakumar says he was not allowed to get into the hotel

5:47 PM IST

Where is chief minister HD Kumaraswamy?

As the fight continues in Karnataka, CM HD Kumaraswamy has left for an unknown place.

5:43 PM IST

BJP MLA and Congress MLA foul-mouth each other

As the resignation drama continues in Karnataka, Congress MLA UT Khader and BJP MLA Renukacharya foul-mouthed each oter in the third floor of Vidhana Soudha. Police commissioner Alok Kumar rushed to the spot.

4:49 PM IST

Two more Congress MLAs set to resign

Two more Congress MLAs - Anjali Nimbalkar from Khanapura, Belagavi and Sowmya Reddy from Jayanagar, Bengaluru set to resign

4:44 PM IST

Ganesh Hukkeri says he has not resigned

Congress MLA from Chikkodi Ganesh Hukkeri says he has not submitted his resignation

4:36 PM IST

Karnataka Coalition crisis

Three more MLAs from Congress -MLA MTB Nagaraj from Hoskote, MLA Sudhakar from Chikkaballpura and MLA Ganesh Hukkkeri from Chikkodi tender their resignations to Speaker Ramesh Kumar

8:30 PM IST

Senior Congress leaders huddle in undisclosed location

Karnataka: Congress leaders KC Venugopal, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Siddaramaiah, G Parameshwara, MB Patil and Eshwara Khandre hold meeting at an undisclosed location, with legal advisers to discuss about the further action against the MLAs who have resigned.

8:15 PM IST

JD(S) MLAs reach Nandi Hills

Bengaluru: A bus, carrying JD(S) MLAs, arrives at Prestige Golfshire Club, Nandi hills road in Devanahalli. They were earlier staying at Taj West End hotel.

7:50 PM IST

KPJP MLA R Shankar also submits resignation

R.Shankar, lone MLA of KPJP who recently merged his party with congress after becoming Minister, has also submitted his resignation as Minister to Governor and directly left to bangalore international airport.

7:45 PM IST

Roshan Baig to join BJP

Roshan Baig to ANI: I'm hurt by the way Congress party treated me, I'll resign from my MLA post and join BJP 

7:33 PM IST

Congress leaders arrive at Kumara Krupa

Congress leaders arrive for a meeting at Kumara Krupa Guest House in Bengaluru. Karnataka Congress in charge KC Venugopal says, "Don't worry."

7:22 PM IST

JD(S) MLAs leave for Nandi Hills

A bus, carrying JD(S) MLAs, leaves from Taj West End hotel to Golfshire, Nandi hills road in Devanahalli

7:10 PM IST

Rebel MLAs to be taken to Goa

Rebel Congress-JDS Karnataka MLAs who are staying at a hotel in Mumbai, likely to be shifted to Goa

6:50 PM IST

Senior Congress leaders to huddle

Bengaluru: Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and others to meet at 7 pm

6:32 PM IST

DK Shivkumar heads to Mumbai

Karnataka Minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar leaves for Mumbai from Bengaluru 

5:31 PM IST

BS Yeddyurappa demands resignation of CM

BS Yeddyurappa: Now we are going to have legislature party meeting and discuss in detail and inform Delhi. We are going to protest at all district headquarters on July 9. They must resign because they lost majority. We will discuss about political situation, drought situation and problems faced by people.Our demand is that the CM must resign immediately.

5:12 PM IST

BJP accused of horse trading

Bengaluru: Congress-JD(S) workers stage protest on the streets of the city alleging horse trading by BJP in the state

3:36 PM IST

Coalition explores legal solution

Deputy CM G Parameshwara met lawyers to discuss legal recourse. The state government is reportedly planning to invoke Article 164 (1B) of the Constitution, which allows disqualification of legislators on grounds of defection.
 

3:32 PM IST

Independent MLA Nagesh reaches Mumbai hotel

Maharashtra: Karnataka Independent MLA Nagesh has reached Sofitel hotel in Mumbai where other rebels Karnataka MLAs are staying. Nagesh has resigned as a minister,earlier today.

3:23 PM IST

Soumya Reddy to attend CLP meeting

Congress MLA Soumya Reddy, daughter of Ramalinga Reddy (Congress MLA who had tendered his resignation), will come to Bengaluru tomorrow and attend the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting.

3:12 PM IST

Senior Congress leaders to huddle in Delhi

Senior Congress leaders to meet at 7 PM in Delhi today.

 

3:06 PM IST

HD Kumaraswamy doesn't want to discuss politics

Karnataka chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy says he has no kind of anxiety about the present political development. He says he doesn't want to discuss anything about politics.

3:02 PM IST

All JD(S) ministers resign

Karnataka CMO tweets that all JD(S) minsters have resigned, like the 21 Congress ministers who had resigned, Cabinet will be restructured soon.

2:48 PM IST

DK Shivkumar claims H Nagesh was hijacked by Yeddyurappa

Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar says, "Just now Mr Nagesh (Independent MLA who resigned as minister) called me and said that he has been hijacked by Mr Yeddyurappas' PA and the BJP. By the time I reached airport the flight had left."

2:44 PM IST

JD(S) leaders meet at HD Revanna's office

JD(S) MLAs gather at the office of Karnataka minister and party leader HD Revanna

2:33 PM IST

Karnataka CM assures all is well

CM & JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy: The issue will be resolved, don't worry. This govt will run smoothly.

2:23 PM IST

DC Thammanna not given direction to resign

Karnataka Transport Minister & JD(S) leader DC Thammanna has confirmed that no direction has been given by party leaders to resign, says 'if they suggest, I will definitely resign'

2:11 PM IST

Congress MPs raise posters in Lok Sabha

Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha raised 'Save democracy' posters over recent developments in #Karnataka

2:07 PM IST

Union minister Rajnath Singh blames Rahul Gandhi

Union Minister Rajnath Singh blamed Rahul Gandhi for the crisis in Karnataka and asserted that the ruling BJP had "nothing to do with" whatever was happening in the state.

2:06 PM IST

JDS MLA to be shifted to resort

JD(S) has booked 35 rooms at Paddington resort in Kodagu, Karnataka for all JD(S) MLAs

1:49 PM IST

BJP MLA Somalingappa in hiding?

BJP MLA Somalingappa switches off phone leaving party leaders worried about counter operation from the Congress

1:48 PM IST

Zameer Ahmed Khan confident of MLAs' return

Karnataka Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan believes that by evening, at least 6-7 MLAs of the 10 MLAs who are in the BJP camp will return

1:47 PM IST

Siddaramaiah says 21 MLAs have resigned

Karnataka Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah said that as manay as 21 Karnataka Congress ministers have resigned voluntarily

1:41 PM IST

KC Venugopal addresses media

KC Venugopal spoke to media persons and said, "In the last five years we are witnessing anti-democratic movement by the BJP to destabilise the coalition government. In Karnataka, this is the sixth time BJP is trying to destabilise government. They are using agencies like IT and ED, and offering money and minister position and are trying to do horse trading to destabilise the government. But Congress will face this situation. We strongly believe in strength of the party in Karnataka. We will continue to govern. Some of them have some grievances. We had detailed discussion with party members. At the prevailing condition, ministers voluntarily have resigned and entrusted Congress party to reshuffle the Cabinet to resolve the issues. Those who have resigned should come back., We are confident this government will continue. This will be the sixth failed attempt of BJP in destabilising this government."

1:28 PM IST

CM Kumaraswamy and private chopper

The private chopper, in which Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy travelled back to Bengaluru from New Delhi, allegedly belongs to Jindal Steel. It is said the company Monnet which owns the aircraft is allegedly owned by Jindal Steel. The Kumaraswamy government, a few months ago, gave land for Jindal Steel at throwaway prices. So is there an aspect of quid pro quo?

1:25 PM IST

Updates so far

All Karnataka ministers have resigned.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy rushed to Raj Bhavan to convince him that the coalition government will continue without any problem.

In a last-ditch effort to save the government, CM Kumaraswamy will reshuffle the Cabinet.

With independent MLA H Nagesh and KPJP MLA N Mahesh extending support to the BJP, coalition is one MLAs short of majority.

Coalition government trying to award ministries to disgruntled leaders of the respective parties.

The decision on these resignations will be announced by Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday.

Deputy chief minister G Parameshwara has rushed to HAL airport and is trying to convince H Nagesh to withdraw his resignation letter.

Nagesh had submitted his resignation this morning.

12:55 PM IST

Independent MLA flies to Mumbai

Independent MLA from Mulabagal Nagesh flying to Mumbai on special flight.

12:00 AM IST

Siddaramaiah addresses media

Siddaramaiah told media persons in Bengaluru, "The people have not given BJP the mandate. Even when you consider vote shares, Congress has received more vote shares than BJP. Independents have also supported us. Together, we are 120 MLAs. 104 is not 120. Magic figure is 113. They have not got the mandate. But using the Centre, and misusing its agencies they are trying to destabilise coalition government continuously since one year. Not only state BJP but also the national leaders of BJP are helping them to do so. Some MLAs are disappointed that they did not get ministries. But all cannot get positions. It is a request to those who have quit from their positions. We will listen to and solve your grievances and request not to fall prey to BJP's luring. Do not take any hasty decisions. Those who are disappointed but are eligible will be given ministry. We have not accepted the resignation of independent minister H Nagesh. Speaker should take decision and action as per law against those who have quit." 
He also clarified that Assembly session will not be postponed.

7:16 PM IST:

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy says he wanted to resign after he returned from the US, but he added, he wanted to wait as the Congress aassured it would help save the government. The revelation was made in conversation with his father HD Deve Gowda.

7:01 PM IST:

Siddaramaiah, leader of the CLP, says it is the BJP MLAs who are goondas as they had nothing to do with MLA Sudhakar.

6:51 PM IST:

MLAs MTB Nagaraj and Sudhakar, who put in their papers, are all set to fly to Mumbai and join the other disgruntled MLAs.

6:47 PM IST:

Congress MLA Priyank Kharge says it is hte BJP which has orchestrated all the drama in the Vidhana Soudha.

6:44 PM IST:

After the huge political drama, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy may resign, allowing the Congress party to form a new government. Sources say that he arrived at this decision after consultations with his father HD Deve Gowda.

6:33 PM IST:

V Somanna in an angry mood says MLA Priyank Kharge is no human being at all.

6:21 PM IST:

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks Bengaluru police to bring Sudhakar (MLA from Chikkaballapura) to Raj Bhavan in ten minutes.

6:17 PM IST:

Congress senior leader DK Shivakumar, who had been detained by the Mumbai cops, has started his return journey to Bengaluru. He said he had not been allowed to meet the disgruntled elements at the hotel. He blamed BJP for all the mess.

6:15 PM IST:

Karnataka assembly Ramesh Kumar will meet MLAs Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj, who had tendered resignations earlier.

6:13 PM IST:

Former CM Siddaramaiah tries to pacify Sudhakar, the Congress MLA from Chikkaballapura.

6:12 PM IST:

Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala aks cops to extend protection to Sudhakar, the Congress MLA from Chikkaballapur. He was manhandled earlier in the third floor of the Vidhana Soudha.

6:10 PM IST:

All doors of Vidhana Soudha shut after massive galata involving BJP and Congress leaders.

6:02 PM IST:

CLP leader Siddaramaiah  rushes to Vidhana Soudha to take stock of the situation.

5:54 PM IST:

Opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa says MLA Sudhakar's wife rang him up and asked him to provide protection to her husband while the leader termed Kumaraswamy's government as "goonda sarkar".

5:52 PM IST:

Opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa says Governor should take action and those who manhandled MLA Sudhakar should be arrested

5:50 PM IST:

Congress leader DK Shivakumar says he was not allowed to get into the hotel

5:47 PM IST:

As the fight continues in Karnataka, CM HD Kumaraswamy has left for an unknown place.

5:44 PM IST:

As the resignation drama continues in Karnataka, Congress MLA UT Khader and BJP MLA Renukacharya foul-mouthed each oter in the third floor of Vidhana Soudha. Police commissioner Alok Kumar rushed to the spot.

4:50 PM IST:

Two more Congress MLAs - Anjali Nimbalkar from Khanapura, Belagavi and Sowmya Reddy from Jayanagar, Bengaluru set to resign

4:44 PM IST:

Congress MLA from Chikkodi Ganesh Hukkeri says he has not submitted his resignation

4:38 PM IST:

Three more MLAs from Congress -MLA MTB Nagaraj from Hoskote, MLA Sudhakar from Chikkaballpura and MLA Ganesh Hukkkeri from Chikkodi tender their resignations to Speaker Ramesh Kumar

8:32 PM IST:

Karnataka: Congress leaders KC Venugopal, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Siddaramaiah, G Parameshwara, MB Patil and Eshwara Khandre hold meeting at an undisclosed location, with legal advisers to discuss about the further action against the MLAs who have resigned.

8:32 PM IST:

Bengaluru: A bus, carrying JD(S) MLAs, arrives at Prestige Golfshire Club, Nandi hills road in Devanahalli. They were earlier staying at Taj West End hotel.

8:31 PM IST:

R.Shankar, lone MLA of KPJP who recently merged his party with congress after becoming Minister, has also submitted his resignation as Minister to Governor and directly left to bangalore international airport.

7:50 PM IST:

Roshan Baig to ANI: I'm hurt by the way Congress party treated me, I'll resign from my MLA post and join BJP 

7:49 PM IST:

Congress leaders arrive for a meeting at Kumara Krupa Guest House in Bengaluru. Karnataka Congress in charge KC Venugopal says, "Don't worry."

7:30 PM IST:

A bus, carrying JD(S) MLAs, leaves from Taj West End hotel to Golfshire, Nandi hills road in Devanahalli

7:15 PM IST:

Rebel Congress-JDS Karnataka MLAs who are staying at a hotel in Mumbai, likely to be shifted to Goa

6:52 PM IST:

Bengaluru: Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and others to meet at 7 pm

6:34 PM IST:

Karnataka Minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar leaves for Mumbai from Bengaluru 

5:34 PM IST:

BS Yeddyurappa: Now we are going to have legislature party meeting and discuss in detail and inform Delhi. We are going to protest at all district headquarters on July 9. They must resign because they lost majority. We will discuss about political situation, drought situation and problems faced by people.Our demand is that the CM must resign immediately.

5:12 PM IST:

Bengaluru: Congress-JD(S) workers stage protest on the streets of the city alleging horse trading by BJP in the state

3:38 PM IST:

Deputy CM G Parameshwara met lawyers to discuss legal recourse. The state government is reportedly planning to invoke Article 164 (1B) of the Constitution, which allows disqualification of legislators on grounds of defection.
 

3:35 PM IST:

Maharashtra: Karnataka Independent MLA Nagesh has reached Sofitel hotel in Mumbai where other rebels Karnataka MLAs are staying. Nagesh has resigned as a minister,earlier today.

3:30 PM IST:

Congress MLA Soumya Reddy, daughter of Ramalinga Reddy (Congress MLA who had tendered his resignation), will come to Bengaluru tomorrow and attend the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meeting.

3:12 PM IST:

Senior Congress leaders to meet at 7 PM in Delhi today.

 

3:07 PM IST:

Karnataka chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy says he has no kind of anxiety about the present political development. He says he doesn't want to discuss anything about politics.

3:05 PM IST:

Karnataka CMO tweets that all JD(S) minsters have resigned, like the 21 Congress ministers who had resigned, Cabinet will be restructured soon.

2:50 PM IST:

Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar says, "Just now Mr Nagesh (Independent MLA who resigned as minister) called me and said that he has been hijacked by Mr Yeddyurappas' PA and the BJP. By the time I reached airport the flight had left."

2:49 PM IST:

JD(S) MLAs gather at the office of Karnataka minister and party leader HD Revanna

2:34 PM IST:

CM & JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy: The issue will be resolved, don't worry. This govt will run smoothly.

2:27 PM IST:

Karnataka Transport Minister & JD(S) leader DC Thammanna has confirmed that no direction has been given by party leaders to resign, says 'if they suggest, I will definitely resign'

2:18 PM IST:

Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha raised 'Save democracy' posters over recent developments in #Karnataka

2:17 PM IST:

Union Minister Rajnath Singh blamed Rahul Gandhi for the crisis in Karnataka and asserted that the ruling BJP had "nothing to do with" whatever was happening in the state.

2:12 PM IST:

JD(S) has booked 35 rooms at Paddington resort in Kodagu, Karnataka for all JD(S) MLAs

2:10 PM IST:

BJP MLA Somalingappa switches off phone leaving party leaders worried about counter operation from the Congress

1:47 PM IST:

Karnataka Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan believes that by evening, at least 6-7 MLAs of the 10 MLAs who are in the BJP camp will return

1:46 PM IST:

Karnataka Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah said that as manay as 21 Karnataka Congress ministers have resigned voluntarily

1:41 PM IST:

KC Venugopal spoke to media persons and said, "In the last five years we are witnessing anti-democratic movement by the BJP to destabilise the coalition government. In Karnataka, this is the sixth time BJP is trying to destabilise government. They are using agencies like IT and ED, and offering money and minister position and are trying to do horse trading to destabilise the government. But Congress will face this situation. We strongly believe in strength of the party in Karnataka. We will continue to govern. Some of them have some grievances. We had detailed discussion with party members. At the prevailing condition, ministers voluntarily have resigned and entrusted Congress party to reshuffle the Cabinet to resolve the issues. Those who have resigned should come back., We are confident this government will continue. This will be the sixth failed attempt of BJP in destabilising this government."

1:29 PM IST:

The private chopper, in which Karnataka chief minister Kumaraswamy travelled back to Bengaluru from New Delhi, allegedly belongs to Jindal Steel. It is said the company Monnet which owns the aircraft is allegedly owned by Jindal Steel. The Kumaraswamy government, a few months ago, gave land for Jindal Steel at throwaway prices. So is there an aspect of quid pro quo?

1:26 PM IST:

All Karnataka ministers have resigned.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy rushed to Raj Bhavan to convince him that the coalition government will continue without any problem.

In a last-ditch effort to save the government, CM Kumaraswamy will reshuffle the Cabinet.

With independent MLA H Nagesh and KPJP MLA N Mahesh extending support to the BJP, coalition is one MLAs short of majority.

Coalition government trying to award ministries to disgruntled leaders of the respective parties.

The decision on these resignations will be announced by Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday.

Deputy chief minister G Parameshwara has rushed to HAL airport and is trying to convince H Nagesh to withdraw his resignation letter.

Nagesh had submitted his resignation this morning.

12:56 PM IST:

Independent MLA from Mulabagal Nagesh flying to Mumbai on special flight.

1:44 PM IST:

Siddaramaiah told media persons in Bengaluru, "The people have not given BJP the mandate. Even when you consider vote shares, Congress has received more vote shares than BJP. Independents have also supported us. Together, we are 120 MLAs. 104 is not 120. Magic figure is 113. They have not got the mandate. But using the Centre, and misusing its agencies they are trying to destabilise coalition government continuously since one year. Not only state BJP but also the national leaders of BJP are helping them to do so. Some MLAs are disappointed that they did not get ministries. But all cannot get positions. It is a request to those who have quit from their positions. We will listen to and solve your grievances and request not to fall prey to BJP's luring. Do not take any hasty decisions. Those who are disappointed but are eligible will be given ministry. We have not accepted the resignation of independent minister H Nagesh. Speaker should take decision and action as per law against those who have quit." 
He also clarified that Assembly session will not be postponed.

The Karnataka coalition government could be hanging by a thread after 14 MLAs submitted their resignation to the Assembly Speaker