Is Governor within his rights to direct Karnataka Speaker, CM to hold floor test?

vajubhai-valaBengaluru, July 19: There were two missives from the office of the Governor on Thursday-one to the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and the other to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

Both were directions to hold the floor test which was delayed on Thursday and finally not held.

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Can Karnataka rebels be disqualified: What is the Anti-Defection Law and how does it work?

rebel-mlasNew Delhi, July 18: The Congress in Karnataka said today that there has been a violation of their right under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution.

While the proceedings in the House where a floor test was scheduled has dragged on, there is talk that the Congress would push for the disqualification of the rebel MLAs.

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Ahead of crucial trust vote, all odds against Karnataka government

karnataka-govtBengaluru, July 18: Ahead of the crucial trust vote to be held today, the odds seem to be heavily stacked against the H D Kumaraswamy led, JD(S)-Congress government.

In addition to the rebellion, the Supreme Court ruled that those MLAs who had resigned could not be forced to come to the legislative assembly where the trust vote would be held at 11 am today.

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Congress tends to suffer the most from Karnataka crisis: Dr. Shastri

congress-karnataka-leadersBengaluru, July 17: The numbers for the coalition look very shaky in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on the petitions filed by the rebel MLAs in Karnataka.

If the 15 MLAs rebels refrain from attending the trust vote proceedings on Thursday, then the government is staring at a collapse.

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Courtesy SC order, the whip too can’t save a sinking ship in Karnataka

Vidhana_Soudha_KarnatakaBengaluru, July 17: With the Supreme Court delivering its verdict, the rebel MLAs are at liberty to abstain from the trust vote proceedings to be held in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Thursday at 11 am.

As a result of the SC verdict, the MLAs cannot be compelled to attend the House. This would mean a whip issued by the JD(S) or Congress compelling them to be present will not be applicable.

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With liberty granted to rebels, SC spells trouble for Kumaraswamy government

kumar-worriedBengaluru, July 17: The Supreme Court has left it to the discretion of the 15 rebel MLAs on whether they would want to attend the trust vote proceedings in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly tomorrow.

It may be recalled at the time the arguments closed on Tuesday, the rebels represented by their advocate Mukul Rohatgi had urged the court to pass an order, which would not make it mandatory for them to attend the proceedings.

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With rebels remaining firm, who is Congress-JD(S) counting on to win trust vote

karnataka-assemblyBengaluru, July 16: The fate of the coalition in Karnataka hangs by a thread and on Thursday, the JD(S)-Congress government will face a trust vote. BJP leader and former chief minister of Karnataka, B S Yeddyurappa sounded confident that the coalition will collapse and his party would form the government in the next four to five days.

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Magic number 109 in Karnataka: If resignations are accepted coalition would have just 101

kumaraswamyNew Delhi, July 15: The suspense has finally ended and the H D Kumaraswamy government would face a trust vote on Thursday at 11 am. The government faces a trust vote after 16 MLAs resigned. If the 16 resignations are accepted, then the strength of the house comes down to 209. In this case, the Congress and JD(S) would need the backing of 105 MLAs to remain in power. If the resignations are accepted then the JD(S)-Congress government would have the backing of just 101 MLAs.

The BJP on the other hand on its own has 105 MLAs. It also has the backing of two independent MLAs, who had quit the government and promised support to the saffron party.

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Will Kumaraswamy step down as CM to save the coalition in Karnataka?

kumar-worriedBengaluru, July 15: The coalition in Karnataka found itself on shaky ground after their efforts to pacify the rebels and salvage the situation hit a road block. A day after the Congress and JD(S) claimed to convince MLA M T B Nagraj, he flew to Mumbai to join the rest of the rebels, who have been housed there ever since the crisis broke out.

The rebels held a presser in Mumbai and reiterated that they would not change their decision. The BJP on the other hand demanded that Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy move a confidence motion in the legislative assembly on Monday.

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Karnataka coalition looks to dish up the numbers as rebels play hide and seek

karnataka-assemblyBengaluru, July 14: The BJP would press for a trust vote in Karnataka on Monday. The coalition will however try and buy more time in a bid to pacify the rebel MLAs.

However, everything would depend on the Supreme Court hearing on Tuesday, which will decide on a plea filed by the rebel MLAs seeking a directive to the Speaker to decide on their resignations early. In the meantime, five more rebels have moved the Supreme Court seeking similar relief.

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