K’taka crisis: HC delivers split verdict


The drama in Karnataka will continue with the Karnataka High Court delivering a split verdict where the dis qualification of 11 BJP rebel MLA’s is concerned. Chief Justice Kehar ruled that the speaker was right while passing the order of dis qualification. However justice N Kumar who differed on one point held that the procedure under 10 2 a of the constituion which deals with dis qualification was not followed.

As per the procedure now the Chief Justice will have post the matter before a third judge who will take a final call. The third judge is expected to hear the matter on 20.
Meanwhile the matter pertaining to the 5 independents has been adjourned for further hearing on november 2. The government in Karnataka got a breather with this order since the court had observed that the result of the trust vote will be subject to the result of the writ petition.

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The dazzle of Mysore Dusshera


Over two million people witnessed the famous 4 kilometer long Jumbo Savari which marked the end of the 10 day grand celebration of the Dusshera which was held in Mysore. The 400th edition of the Elephant ride drew large crowds and the elephant which carried the Golden Howdah drew cheers from the crows as it does every year. Balram, the tusker walked away as the star of the event as he was the chosen one to carry the 4900 kg Golden Howdah this year.

Giving him company were 12 other elephants, camels, horses and the police contingent apart from various other tableux which depicted the various faces of Karnataka. The procession marks good over evil and also ends the grand celebrations.
The event began with Chief Minister of Karantaka, B S Yeddyurappa offering prayers to Goddess Chamundeshari. The idol of the Goddess is placed in the Golden Howdah which is later carried across the city during the jumbo savari.

Over two million people from accross the world thronged Mysore city which celebrated 400 years of the festival this year. The festival which was initially conducted by the Wadiyars, the Maharajas of Mysore is now a state sponsored event. However the Wadiyars have a private event in the Palace every year. The Maharaja holds a Royal Darbar at his palace and receives tributes from the members of his family.
This year there were around 50 tabluex from various districts. A lot of cultural events too were conducted as part of the event.

B’lore blast key supsects held


Three persons have been picked up in connection with the Bangalore serial blasts of 2008. Sources in the police department told rediff.com that one person was picked up from Rajasthan while two others from Kerala.

Omer Farooq for the police is a prize catch since he was the one who had supplied the ammunition which was finally used to carry out the blasts. Sources said that Farooq who is originally from Kerala was an associate of Bangalore blast prime accused T Nasir. His was present from the planning stages itself and had supplied the ammunition a couple of days prior to the blasts.

From Bangalore he is alleged to have moved back to Kerala and then took shelter in Rajasthan when the heat on him increased. Nasir who is presently in a Bangalore prison is said to have taken the name of Farooq during his interrogation. The police have been on the hunt for this man for couple of months and finally they managed to apprehend him based on tip offs and intelligence inputs.

The police however say that they are yet to ascertain the role of the other two men who have been picked up in Kerala. The arrests were made in Kasargodu which borders Karnataka. The police have revealed the name of just one of the persons ( M Ismail). They say that Nasir had mentioned their names too during the interrogation but they are still finding out the exact role played by these men in the Bangalore serial blasts of 2008 which left one person dead

No in fightings, we are all answerable to the people

Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa who just held a meeting with his cabinet colleagues in Bangalore has said that in a few days he will expose all the money bag politicians. Many politicians with money have tried to destabilize my government and such persons will be exposed and action taken against them.

The time has come to work together towards the development of the state. There should be no in fighting and we are all responsible for the development of the state and also answerable to the people. I will remain grateful to all my party members who have stood with me in times of this crisis and let us all work together he said.

Re-shuffle on cards

Chief Minister of Karnataka has called for a cabinet meeting on october 18. He is expected to re shuffle his cabinet during the meeting. Interestingly its the same day that the high court hears the petition filed by the independent MLA’s who had challenged the order of the speaker dis qualifying them.

Meanwhile in a set back to the Janata Dal S Senior MLA M Ashwath tendered his resignation. Confirming this the speaker of the Assembly said the resignation has been accepted. This however will not make much of a difference to the numbers in the house since the MLA had abstained from voting yesterday when the government faced a trust vote.

Will expose all money-bag policitians: Yeddyurappa


October 14, 2010
15:59 PM

The Congress in Karnataka has demanded that the Yeddyurappa government take another floor test after the high court delivers its verdict on the plea filed by the disqualified MLAs.

However, sources in the state government’s legal team said that with the BJP maintaining a lead of over 5 now over the Opposition, the order pertaining to the 5 MLAs becomes inconsequential and that it would make no difference whether they vote or not.

“Let us not assume that the high court will give its verdict on Monday and moreover today’s proceedings cannot be scrutinised by the judiciary since there is a clear bar on that. Let us assume that the high court does grant permission to the five Independents. There is no provision for them to cast a vote separately. There has to be another trust vote for that and it is unlikely that another one will be ordered,” they said.

14:05 PM

Yeddyurappa, who just held a meeting with his cabinet colleagues in Bengaluru, has said that he will in a few days expose all the money-bag politicians.

“Many politicians with money have tried to destabilise my government and such persons will be exposed and action will be taken against them,” he said.

“The time has come to work together towards the development of the state. There should be no in-fighting and we are all responsible for the development of the state and also answerable to the people. I will remain grateful to all my party members who have stood with me in times of this crisis and let us all work together,” he added.
13:36 PM Posted by Vicky Nanjappa

After meeting Governor Bhardwaj to tell him that he now had the numbers to rule the state, an elated Yeddyurappa headed straight to his residence where he is meeting senior colleagues in his cabinet.

When he won the last trust vote, he had decided to reshuffle his cabinet but had to keep it on hold as he had been asked to take another trust vote.

A reshuffle is on the cards in the next two days, BJP leaders told rediff.com.

12:39 PM

Yeddyurappa will now meet Governor Bhardwaj and inform him about his victory on the floor of the House.

The CM, before leaving for Raj Bhavan, told media persons that today history had been created as not once before in the country has anyone had to face a trust vote twice in three days when the Constitution clearly states that there shall be a gap of six months between trust votes.

Meanwhile, the BJP has decided to suspend MLA Manappa Vajjal, who abstained from the proceedings today despite being issued a whip on two occasions.

The party will now lodge a complaint with the Speaker and seek action against the MLA.

12:23 PM

An upset Congress has decided to knock on the doors of the high court and challenge the decision of the Speaker, who they feel selectively disqualified BJP’s rebel MLAs.

Speaking to media persons, senior Congress leader D K Sivakumar said that when BJP rebels handed over the letter to the Governor withdrawing support to the government, there were 14 members who had signed on it.

However, the BJP complained only against 11; and they were disqualified.

“Why were three other members omitted? This will be challenged before the court,” he said.

‘We must forget this as bad dream’: Yeddyurappa
12:19 PM
An elated Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said today’s victory was a victory of democracy and also the people of Karnataka.

He said there was no need for him to prove his majority yet again for another six months, as the law does not permit it.

“It is now time to work for the people of the state. I humbly request the people of the state to forget about what happened two days back in the assembly, as it has pained me a lot. A lot of people tried to pull down the government, but have failed in their endeavour. We must forget about this like a bad dream and carry on with developmental works,” he told media persons.

12:14 PM

Accusing the BJP of hatching a conspiracy, both the Congress and the JD-S leaders said that the trust vote today was unfair.

Immediately after the trust vote, leaders of both parties conducted a joint meeting to decide on what is to be done next.

Addressing the media outside the assembly, Congress leader Siddaramaiah and JD-S leader H D Revanna said that the BJP had ensured that some MLAs did not come to the House.

They said that this was, however, not the final and once the high court allows the 5 Independents to vote, the fate of the Yeddyurappa government will change.

11:55 AM

Senior BJP leader V S Acharya told rediff.com that the government would be safe even if the high court permits the five Independents to cast their vote next week.

He reasoned that in a scenario when the numbers are tied, the Speaker can cast his vote.

Although the Speaker is not supposed to identify himself with any party, it is assumed that he will vote for the BJP and take their tally up to 107 in a House that today had 207 members following the absence of a JD-S MLA.

11:49 AM

In the trust vote, which was based on division of votes and followed by a head count, the Yeddyurappa government secured 106 votes.

The government required 104 to stay in power. The Opposition garnered only 100 votes.

All 105 BJP MLAs voted in favour of the government.

Yeddyurappa also had the support of an Independent MLA.

The vote outcome is subject to the final verdict by the high court on the writ petition filed by the 5 Independent MLAs.

If they are allowed to vote, then the House strength will go up to 212.

However, even if they vote against the government, the BJP government may still sail through, as the magic number required to stay on in power would be 106.
October 14, 2010

11:39 AM

Out of the total 207 MLAs, the Opposition managed to conjure up just 100 votes against the Yeddyurappa government.

K’taka govt wins trust vote for second time
11:37 AM

The Karnataka chief minister has held on to power for a second time.

He secured 106 votes in the House

11:35 AM

The head count of MLAs has concluded.

While taking the head count, the Speaker ordered all doors of the House be closed.

This was done as a precautionary measure, as he did not want anyone getting out or entering the House when the counting was in progress.

11:20 AM

Speaker Bopaiah has called for a head count of all the MLAs will be taken in the House.

The decision comes following the Opposition’s demand that a division of votes be done ahead of the trust vote.

Earlier, Chief Minister Yeddyurappa proposed the trust motion, which was seconded by all his MLAs.

Meanwhile, in response to Opposition’s plea to postpone the proceedings, the Speaker said, “Let us not assume that the high court will pass an order on Monday.”

The speaker said a firm NO to postponing the proceedings.

The refusal led to pandemonium in the House with the JD-S leaders also seconding the Congress party’s demand.

11:16 AM

As Speaker Bopaiah took his seat at the Karnataka assembly, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah put out a list of complaints against the manner in which the House was conducted the last time.

He read out the order passed by the high court on Wednesday, which said that Thursday’s proceedings were subject to the final decision of the case.

“In view of this, the rights of the 16 MLAs who have been disqualified have been infringed by the proceedings being conducted today. They have been denied their rights. Since this is the situation now, is it fair to go ahead with the trust vote,” the Congress leader asked.

“Please postpone it,” he said, adding, “Let’s wait for the court order”

11:03 AM

Trust vote proceedings have started in the Karnataka assembly.

All MLAs have taken their seat.

Chief Minister Yeddyurappa has taken his seat along with Law Minister Suresh Kumar while Opposition leader Siddaramaiah was seen talking to his colleagues ahead of the vote.

All MLAs have been specifically instructed to sign on the attendance register before entering into the House.

Opposition awaits trust vote

11:00 AM

The Congress has made up it mind. The party has decided to take part in the trust vote and will demand for a division of the votes.

The party leaders say that there is no problem and that all their MLAs are with them.

Meanwhile the Janata Dal-S MLAs have taken their seats in the House.

Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, who visited four temples before coming for the trust vote, is also on his seat at the moment. The trust vote will begin at 11 am.

10:46 AM

The Congress MLAs, who just reached the assembly, headed straight to the meeting hall instead of the floor of the House to hold another party meeting.

Although Congress Chief R V Deshpande had earlier told rediff.com that all MLAs will take part, sources now say that the party is taking a decision on whether to boycott the House or not.

A letter to the Speaker seeking postponement of the trust vote was not considered and the Congress now feels that it should boycott the proceedings. The last-minute meeting comes in the wake of rumours that some of its MLAs have gone missing or may cross vote, sources pointed out.

10:41 AM

All BJP MLAs have just reached the assembly and have taken their respective seats.

The Congress and the JD-S reached a bit late following confusion that some Congress MLAs had gone missing.

10:40 AM

Senior Congress leader and Leader of the Opposition, Siddaramaiah will meet Speaker K G Bopaiah and hand over a letter requesting him to postpone the trust vote, which is scheduled to be held in the next half an hour.

Congress sources told rediff.com that the letter states that the trust vote should not be held since the high court is yet to decide on the fate of the 16 disqualified MLAs.

The Congress states that the trust vote has no meaning when the matter is pending before the court and a finality of the fate of the government will be known only when the high court takes a final decision on October 18.

Trust vote is semi-final

10:33 AM

The Congress legislature party meeting, which just concluded, has decided that all its 73 MLAs will vote against the government today and that not a single MLA will boycott the proceedings today.

D K Shivakumar, senior Congress leader, told media persons after the meeting that the party is unanimous in its decision and he is confident that the BJP will lose the trust vote.

He also said that he is sure that the verdict of the high court on October 18 will go in favour of the 5 Independent MLAs and that they will come and vote against the government.

Today’s trust vote is just a semi final and the finals is only when the high court gives its verdict, he said.

09:34 AM

Karnataka BJP President K S Eshwarappa has come down heavily on Governor H R Bhardwaj, stating that the latter seems to have lost his mind.

Speaking to media persons in Bengaluru ahead of the crucial trust vote his party faces today, Eshwarappa said that the Governor’s decision to direct a second trust vote in less than four days cannot be understood.

“The Opposition leaders too have failed to understand his logic and I don’t know in what language we need to speak to him to make him understand that the BJP has the majority. We are confident of winning the trust vote today,” he said, just before leaving to meet Yeddyurappa.

09:22 AM

All MLAs, who will take part in today’s trust vote, will reach the Karnataka legislative assembly only at 10.30 am.

The BJP MLAs, who have been camping at the Golden Palms resort near Bengaluru, have just left in four different buses.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has already reached the city and is currently at his home office where he is expected to meet his MLAs before heading for the assembly.

The Congress and the JD-S too have left their respective resorts and will reach the assembly after holding meetings separately.

Security around the assembly is tight and MLAs have been told to come together in specially arranged buses and not in their independent vehicles. None of the MLAs will be allowed to enter the house before 10.30 am.

09:12 AM

Dr V S Acharya, senior cabinet minister in the BJP government, told rediff.com, “We are confident of getting more than 107 votes today. I can’t reveal who will vote in our favour now. But the government will sail through comfortably.”

“Even if the high court permits the five disqualified Independent MLAs to vote after its verdict, the government will still be safe,” he added.

If the court permits the 5 Independents to cast their vote after next Monday’s verdict, the House strength will go up to 213 and the magic number needed will be 107.

Yeddyruappa faces second trust vote

09:01 AM

Facing his second trust vote in four days, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has said that all his MLAs will not cross vote today.

Ahead of the trust vote at 11 am, he said the nasty game played by the Opposition will not succeed and his government will win the vote comfortably.

“I have no doubt about my victory today.”

The CM also apologised to the people of the state for the ongoing drama and said that progressive work will commence immediately after today’s trust vote.

08:43 AM

With the 16 MLAs being kept out of the trust vote after being disqualified by the Speaker, the strength of the Karnataka legislative assembly will be 208 today.

Following the reduced numbers, the magic number required for the BJP to win the trust vote is 105.

The BJP has 105 MLAs on its side.

In addition to this the party has managed to garner the support of Varthur Prakash, an Independent candidate who had just five days back supported the Opposition.

With Prakash backing the BJP the strength of the party has gone up to 106. The Opposition, on the other hand, has 101 MLAs (Congress 73 and JD-S) 28.

Even if the BJP wins the trust vote today the decision will not be a final one since the high court on Wednesday had said that the result would be subject to the final decision of the court in the writ petition that it will hear on Monday.

Five Independent MLAs had sought a direction to strike down the speakers order disqualifying them from the house. If the court orders against the verdict of the Speaker then these five MLAs will be allowed to cast their vote separately after the decision of the court.
08:29 AM Posted by Vicky Nanjappa
Facing his second trust vote in four days, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has said that all his MLAs will not cross vote today.

Ahead of the trust vote at 11 am, he said the nasty game played by the Opposition will not succeed and his government will win the vote comfortably.

“I have no doubt about my victory today.”

The CM also apologised to the people of the state for the ongoing drama and said that progressive work will commence immediately after today’s trust vote.

K’tka Assembly vote depends on HC’s final order‎


Congress,JD-S ready for D-day

1.The Congress and the Janata Dal S have issued whips to all its legislators to vote against the government in the trust vote to be held tomorrow. The congress has directed all its mlas to be present in full strength for tomorrows confidence vote. The party has warned of action against those mlas who boycot tomorrows proceedings.
Meanwhile the bjp had issued a whip to all its mlas on tuesday itself.

2.The chief ministers office in a communication sent here has said that the chief minister will propose the vote of confidence at 11 am. The governor in his letter yesterday had directed the government to prove its majority on october 14 by 11 am. Meanwhile the speaker in another communmication has stated that the vehicles of only the chief minister, the opposition leader and the jd(s) legislature party leadr will be permitted into the legilative assembly premises which is in the vidhan soudha. The rest of the mlas will be taken into the vidhan soudha in special vehicles. No mlcs and mps will be permitted, the speaker has said.

13 Oct 2010 21:09:25

The governor of Karnataka is said to have expressed his help less ness to postpone the trust vote to be held tomorrow. During a meeting the congress leaders urged the governor to postpone the trust vote in the wake of the high court stating that the proceedings will be subject to its final order. The governor is said to have told the leaders that it would not be possible for them to recall his order which had in the first place directed the bjp to prove its majority on the floor of the house on october 14.

13 Oct 2010 18:32:30

Para military forces have been called in to guard the karnataka legislative assembly tomorrow where the trust vote against the b s yedyurappa government will be held. The state administration has also instructed security personnel not to permit members of the legislatice council and members of parliament into the house.
These steps have been taken in view of the allegations of outsiders being permited into the hiuse last time and also the ruckus which was causeed the last time.

Yeddyurappa trust vote result linked to HC verdict
13 Oct 2010 17:20:37

With the High Court not permitting the five independent MLA’s to vote tomorrow and with the 11 BJP MLA’s being disqualified the strength of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly stands at 208. The magic number for the BJP to win the trust vote is 105. The bjp has 105 mlas with it while the congress and the jds has 73 and 28 respectively. There is one independent candidate who has indicated he will vote against the government.

October 13, 2010, 17:00:

The Karnataka high court on Wednesday refused to order a stay on the trust vote scheduled to be held in the assembly on October 14.
Five Independent MLAs, who were disqualified by the speaker on Monday along with 11 BJP MLAs, had sought a stay order on the trust vote.
The 16 MLAs will not be allowed to vote in the confidence motion against CM Yeddyrappa.

October 13, 2010, 16:38:

The B S Yeddyurappa government’s fate will be decided only after the Karnataka High Court gives its final order on the plea filed by 16 MLAs against their disqualification. Even if the BJP wins the trust vote on Thursday, it will have to wait for the order of the high court. If the high court overturns the order of the speaker, then 16 MLAs may be allowed to cast their votes. In case the HC upholds the speaker’s order, Thursday’s result will be considered final.

October 13, 2010, 15:07:

The Karnataka high court will hear the interlocutory application filed by the five Independent MLAs, who are seeking a stay on the trust vote on October 14 and their disqualification by the speaker, at 3.30 pm on Wednesday.

October 13, 2010, 14:17:
A delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party led by senior leader L K Advani met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday and demanded the recall of Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj.

Earlier, BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley blasted Bhardwaj, saying, “The governor acted with a pre-determined mind in making the recommendation for imposing President’s Rule in Karnataka. The governor’s office in Karnataka has become an epicentre for horse trading to destabilise the state government.”

He added, “We agreed to face the second vote of trust in Karnataka in order to avoid a constitutional confrontation.”

Independents move to high court

October 13, 2010, 12:18:

The five independent MLAs, who were disqualified by the Speaker of the Karnataka legislative assembly, have decided to move the high court to seek a stay on their disqualification and postponement of the trust vote that is scheduled to be held on October 14.

The independent MLAs have filed an interlocutory application before the registrar of the high court and it will be placed before the chief justice at 1.30 pm.

The independents MLAs have stated that it would be unfair to hold the trust vote on Thursday as the main petition filed by them challenging their disqualification is still pending before the court. The court will hear the plea by the disqualified MLAs on October 18. The HC has refused to order a stay on the disqualification.

October 13, 2010, 12:09:

The 5 independent MLAs, who were disqualified by the Karnataka assembly speaker, are trying to move the high court to seek the postponement of the second trust vote that is scheduled to be held on Thursday.

The high court had earlier deferred the hearing on the plea filed against their dismissal and refused to order a stay on it. The independent MLAs will seek a direction against the order of Governor H R Bharadwaj, who directed Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa to seek the vote of confidence again on October 14.

A A Ponnanna, counsel for the 11 disqualified BJP MLAs, told rediff.com they had no plans of approaching the high court yet. The independent MLAs have claimed that it is unfair to hold a trust vote when the petition challenging their disqualification is still pending before the court which will take up the matter on October 18.

October 13, 2010, 3:11:

All the 105 BJP MLAs including Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will head back to Bengaluru from New Delhi on Tuesday night. The MLAs have been put-on a chartered flight from Delhi.

The MLAs are expected to drive straight to the Golden Palms Resort and will stay put until Thursday morning when they will face another trust vote in the Legislative Assembly.

October 13, 2010, 3:08:

Joining the chorus against the Karnataka Governor, state congress chief R V Deshpande has said that he will request the Governor to change the date of the trust vote.

Deshpande said that the trust vote should be held after October 18th in view of the high court hearing a petition seeking reversal of the speaker’s order which had disqualified 16 MLAs.

He said that the high court should first decide the matter and only then should a trust vote be held.

K’taka crisis: MLA’s back to golden cage


12 Oct 2010 22:37:33

1.All the BJP MLA’s numbering 105 including Chief Minister B S Yedyurappa will head back to Bangalore from new Delhi tonight. The MLA’s have been put-on a chartered flight at new Delhi and will reach Bangalore late tonight. The MLA’s are expected to drive straight to the Golden Palms Resort and will stay put there until Thursday morning when they will have to face the trust vote on the floor of the legislative assembly.

2.Joining the chorus against the governor of Karnataka, Karnataka State Congress chief R V Deshpande has said that he will request the governor to change the date of the trust vote which has been fixed for October 14. He said that the trust vote should be held after Monday October 18th in view of the high court hearing a petition seeking reversal of the speakers order which had disqualified 16 mlas. He said in banglore that the high court should first decide on the matter and only then a trust vote should be held.

12 Oct 2010 20:40:12

In a twist to the tale former Chief Minister of Karnataka and JD(S) leader has come down on the Governbor and termed his actions to give Yeddyurapa a second chance as unconstitutional. Expressing discontentment over the decision of the Governor, Kumaraswamy told media persons outside Raj Bhavan in Bangalore that the government should have been dismissed directly for the manner in which the proceedings were conducted. By giving him a second chance the governor has committed an act which I would term as unconstitutional. He said that the party would be meeting on Wednesday to decide on the next course of action.

12 Oct 2010 19:34:43

JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy and Congress senior leader Siddaramaiah have called on governor of Karnataka Bharadwaj. The two leaders have been locked in discussions with the governor since the part 20 minutes. Although both leaders have refused to comment on the details of the meeting sources say they are in discussing the trust vote which is to held on october 14.
The core committees of both the parties are also scheduled to meet later tonight seperately.

12 Oct 2010 17:33:28

The karnataka government is ready to take the trust vote on October 14 Dr VS Acharya acharya told rediff.com from new delhi. While adding that a final decision will be taken in the next half an hour he also added that there is nothing to fear. We have with us 106 MLA’s and there is nothing for us to hide. We are ready to show the numbers and will even give a division of the votes in the assembly even if the opposition does not want it. The governor has asked to take the trust vote and we will and we are ready for it the senior cabinet minister in the yedyurappa government also said.

12 Oct 2010 16:45:55

Arguments in the disqualification case against the 16 MLA’s remained in conclusive with the high court adjourngng proceedings to October 18. The division bench comprising Chief Justice Kehar and justice N kumar while refusing to grant an interim order staying the speakers order said that arguments would commence on monday. The counsel for the MLA’s repeatedly requested a stay of the order but the bench observed it would dispose off the petition finally as there were plenty of legal issues to be debated.

October 12, 2010, 16:43:

The Karntaka high court on Tuesday adjourned to October 18 the hearing on the plea filed by 16 members of legislative assembly against their disqualification by Speaker KG Bopaiah on Monday.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Kehar and Justice N Kumar, while refusing to grant an interim order to stay the Speaker’s directive, said that the arguments by both sides would commence on Monday.

The counsel for the MLAs had repeatedly requested a stay of the order, but the bench refused to grant a stay and stated that it would dispose off the petition later as it would require discussions on various legal points.

‘Take the trust vote or be ready for Prez’s rule’

October 12, 2010, 16:13:

If Karnataka chief minister does not take the trust vote on October 14, the Centre will impose President’s Rule in the state on the pretext of constitutional breakdown, says Home Minister P Chidambaram

The Governor can issue an order seeking a second trust vote within six months, Chidambaram adds.

Yeddy’s not ready for a another trust vote

October 12, 2010, 15:28:
Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddyurappa has refused to take the trust vote on October 14.

Issuing a statement from New Delhi, he said there was no need for him to take another trust vote in a matter of two days.

“I have already proved my majority and there is no need to take another confidence vote,” he said.

The chief minister will also hold discussions with legal experts and the high command to decide on the next course of action, he added.
October 12, 2010, 14:23:

The Karnataka high court has indicated that it may not be able to pass an order on the plea file by the rebel BJP MLAs in the next two days, as there are several points of law to be examined.

The counsel arguing for the disqualified MLAs sought an order by today, but the bench refused to oblige.

The verdict of the court gains importance ahead of the trust vote on October 14.

Meanwhile arguments will continue in the afternoon.

October 12, 2010, 13:10:

Reacting to the new development, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has expressed dissatisfaction over the Governor’s decision.

“I will consult legal experts and the party high command and decide on what is to be done,” he told rediff.com

‘I am not an Congress agent’: K’tka Governor

October 12, 2010, 13:06:

The Governor is sticking to his stand that there has been a constitutional breakdown in the state but denies having recommended President’s rule.

“I have not changed my stance. I never recommended President’s rule. I only said there is a constitutional breakdown. I have not changed my stance at all,” he told media persons.

Interestingly, Bhardwaj says that the majority on the floor of the House will be proved with the existing numbers.

He refused to comment on the issue of disqualified MLAs, as the matter is pending in the court.

”Karnataka is a civilised society. The country learns from you. Why is this happening now,” he asked.

“I am not an agent of the Congress. My actions are not scripted. Look what happened yesterday. The entire proceedings was a farce. It was frustrating and disappointing for a Governor to observe all that,” he added.

October 12, 2010, 12:55:

“The proceedings of the House were not recorded on Monday. I don’t know if rules permit another floor test in six months. I am just making a offer to the chief minister. There is a doubt about him. Let him come and clear it. It is for his own good. I am being a friend; that is all. The onus is on him now to prove his majority,” says Governor Bhardwaj.

October 12, 2010, 12:52:

Giving the reason behind his decision to ask BS Yeddyurappa to prove his majority once again by 11 am on October 14, Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj said he did not find the figures correct in the Monday’s trust vote.

“I had fixed the date for October 12. The BJP MLAs themselves came to me and said they had withdrawn support. When the Reddys (G Janardhan Reddy and G Karuanakar Reddy) hijacked the 50 MLAs last year, I sympathised with them and didn’t ask the government to prove majority then. I hereby give them one more opportunity to prove their majority on October 14,” the Governor told media persons.

“Why did the BJP, who claim the support of 105 MLAs, come to me saying they had support? I waited for them. Proper norms were not followed during the last floor test and I have no clarity on numbers. Hence, it is necessary to ask them (the government) to prove their majority again,” Bhardwaj added.

October 12, 2010, 12:13:
JUST IN: Governor has asked BS Yeddyurappa to prove his majority on the floor of the House by 11 am on October 14.

October 12, 2010, 11:51:

Meanwhile, the JD-S has moved all its MLAs to the Eageleton resort, 40 km from Bengaluru.

The party has instructed the MLAs to stay put there until the high court and the Union cabinet come out with a decision.

Party leader H D Kumaraswamy says that it is too early to comment on the formation of another government in the state.

“We will wait and watch. The entire matter now depends on the congress,” he says.

The Speaker is the supreme authority when it comes to deciding matters pertaining to MLAs, Soli S Sorabjee, who is appearing for the state government, tells the high court.

Is the speaker right?

October 12, 2010, 11:48:

The Speaker is the supreme authority when it comes to deciding matters pertaining to MLAs, Soli S Sorabjee, who is appearing for the state government, tells the high court.

Advancing arguments before a jam-packed court hall, he says that sufficient time had been given to the rebels to put forth their case before the Speaker.

Despite them being asked to appear before the Speaker, they chose not to do so, he adds.

The arguments in the case are likely to spill into the afternoon session, as R Raghavaan, counsel for the independent MLAs, is yet to commence arguments.

October 12, 2010, 10:04:

The Congress core committee in Karnataka has decided that it will take a final decision on whether to align with the Janata Dal-Secular to form a government in the state only after the high court verdict.

The leaders of both the parties had claimed on Monday before the Governor that they had the support of 120 MLAs as compared to the 105, which the BJP has been talking about.

Leaders of both parties have already had talks and as of now they have decided to await the decision of the high court which will commence hearing the matter pertaining to the disqualification in about 15 minutes.

Congress sources told rediff.com that following the verdict the Union cabinet will take a decision on the Governor’s recommendation.

October 12, 2010, 9:26:

All units of the BJP in Karnataka have launched a statewide protest against Governor Bhardwaj.

BJP workers across the state are taking out processions holding black flags against the Governor for recommending President’s rule in the state.

The party workers said that he was acting more like an Opposition leader.

The protests will continue till the Centre recalls this Governor and replaces him, BJP workers say.

Is Karnataka heading for President’s rule?

11 Oct 2010 20:21:28

The speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly has issued a communication here stating that only 8 Janata Dal S MLA’s and 26 Congress MLA’s had signed on the register at the assembly today. The speaker was trying to indicate that just 34 of the opposition mlas were serious enough to attend the proceedings while the rest who did not sign had no intention of coming to the assembly in the first place.

11 Oct 2010 20:12:04
The Bharatiya Janata party in Karnataka has decided to parade all its MLA’s before the President of India on Tuesday. Taking this decision at a just concluded meeting the party leaders sought to put to rest accusations that they fell short of a majority and resorted to arm twisting to win the trust vote on Monday. The BJP will be flying into Delhi either tonight or early tomorrow and would parade all their MLA’s before the president of India. Further the party has also decided to intensify their protest against governor h r Bharadwaj who sent a letter to the union government seeking dissolution of the house. The party said it will resist all attempts by the union government to dissolve the assembly.
The union cabinet will meet tomorrow and take a decision on this matter.

11 Oct 2010 18:36:52
The police department is contemplating action against congress leader siddaramaiah after the latter is alleged to have abused the commissioner of police Shankar bidri in the assembly today. Bidri told reporters in Bangalore that to unparliamentarily language was used against him by the leader. He said he was looking at the case closely and action was being contemplated. A huge show down occurred between bidri and siddaramaia at the assembly with the leader alleging that the top cop prevented him from entering the house ahead of the trust vote today.
11 Oct 2010 18:31:43
The Speaker of the Karnataka legislative assembly has disqualified 16 MLAs just ahead of the crucial trust vote against the BJP government today. Speaker, K G Bopaiah who had heard the disqualification plea on Sunday passed the order of disqualification at 2.30 am on Monday.
This means that the 16 rebel MLAs who had been plotting the fall of the government cannot vote in the trust motion today. With the disqualification the strength of the Karnataka assembly has come down to 208 which means the BJP will have to get at least 105 votes to get through the trust vote. The bJp currently has 100 members following this disqualificafion.They will rely on the votes of the speaker, nominated member and the 4 independents which the party has claimed they have the support of.
The rebels who have been barred from voting have de died to approach the chief justice of the Karnataka high court directly. They feel that the order is unjust and also will challenge it before the high court today. They would seek an early hearing since the trust vote commences at 10 am and proceedings in the court normally start only by 10.30 am.

11 Oct 2010 17:39:57
The Karnataka high court has adjourned to tomorrow hearing on the plea changing the order of the speaker had disqualified 16 MLA’s- 11 BJP and 5 independents. The bench comprising chief justice g s Kehar and justice n kumar will commence proceedings tomorrow in which Soli Sorabhjee will argue in favor of the government.
The arguments for the rebels have concluded wit their counsel telling the court that the order of the speaker is bad in law.

11 Oct 2010 17:24:07
The union cabinet has decided to act on the governor’s recommendation tomorrow. Congress leaders who are closely monitoring the situation in Karnataka told rediff.com that a decision on whether to recommend presidents rule keep the house under suspended animation or not consider the governors recommendation will be taken tomorrow.
Governor of Karnataka H R Bhardawaj had recommended presidents rule following the commotion in the Karnataka assembly in which the bjp won the trust vote.

11 Oct 2010 16:39:13
The BS Yeddyurappa government is a corrupt one and he is acting like a despot said P P Rao senior counsel arguing for the rebels before the Karnataka high court. The division bench of the high court is hearing a petition challenging the decision of the speaker which disqualified 16 mlas ahead of the trust vote.
RO submitted to the court that his clients the 11 BJP mlas had not resigned from the party but had just quit the Yeddyurappa government. This cannot amount to disqualification as my clients have not indged in anti party activities. He also cites the various incidents that have shaken this government in the past two years. He argued that even the lokayukta had resigned after alleging corruption charges against the go ernmenf.
Next on the line is Soli S Sorabhjee who will commence arguments for the state government in a while.

11 Oct 2010 16:20:38
The recommendation of the governor suggesting Presidents rule needs to be thrown into the dust bin senior BJP leaders told Rediff.com. Dr V S Acharya senior cabinet minister said that the BJP just held a meeting and they have no worry about this recommendation. Throw it into the dust bin that’s where it deserves to be he said. The S R Bombai judgment clearly states that the governor has no role here. More over we have the numbers and the speaker has conducted the proceedings and that is for every one to see. We are confident that the central government will think 10 times before it even acts on the matter. If better sense prevails it will not consider the recommendation.
11 Oct 2010 14:48:33
President of the BJP K S Eshwarappa has come down heavily on governor H R Bharadwaj terming him as a proxy opposition leader. Addressing media persons in Bangalore he said that the party will hold talks with the high command and chalk out a plan on how to oust the governor. He has put the opposition out of work in Karnataka as he has taken on their responsibility he also added.
Meanwhile the BJP leaders took out a procession in Bangalore celebrating their victory. The party leaders have now left for the garden palms resort where they will take stock of the happenings since one week and discuss on how to reshuffle the cabinet.
11 Oct 2010 13:37:27
The BJP will go for immediate corrective measures and we have disowned the rebels from our party, Dr V S Acharya, senior cabinet minister from Karnataka told Rediff.com. We have to have a cabinet reshuffle immediately since 7 of our ministers turned rebels. We are not making any attempts to get the rebels back. Today they are ex-MLA’s and they can’t contest the elections for another six years. We have followed the correct procedure and won the trust vote and the opposition is crying foul only because they were defeated.
On the presence of MLCs in the house Acharya said they had not voted during the motion. As ministers they have every right to be in the house. Ulitmately they do not have the right to vote, Acharya also said.

Opposition cries foulBJP’s pulls numbers, wins trust vote

11 Oct 2010 13:25:41
The opposition I’m Karnataka continued to cry foul over the just concluded trust vote. Apart from alleging foul play by the BJP which prevented opposition leaders from entering the house today, they are now alleging that legislative council members of the bjp too were present in the house.
The opposition alleges that members of the legislative council who have no business in the assembly had somehow managed to get in. The opposition alleges that MLCs Janardhan Reddy; V so manna and vijayshankar were also present KN the house which they allege helped the bjp win the voice vote today.
The opposition claims that they had the support of 120 mlas in the house but many were prevented from getting into the house and the voice vote was conducted in a hurry. They say they have demanded imposition of president’s rule in Karnataka.
11 Oct 2010 12:52:09

The Janata Dal (s) which just completed its meeting with Governor H R Bharadwaj is hopeful that some action against the BJO government will be taken. H D Kumaraswamy who addressed the media outside Raj Bhavan said he has been assured that the governor will act by evening.
He also criticized the BJP and said that today it has been proven that this is nothing but a goonda government.

11 Oct 2010 12:35:58
The Karnataka crisis has shifted to the Karnataka high court and a special division bench will hear arguments on the matter at 3 PM additional advocate general, K M Natraj told rediff.com,
the legal team of the rebel MLA’s moved the bench and the bench instructed them to come back at 3 pm when it would hear the matter.
Both the state government and the petitioners would put forth the case before the bench which hears the plea regarding the disqualification of the 16 mlas ahead of the crucial trust vote.

11 Oct 2010 12:30:14
The speaker of the Karnataka legislative assembly who has been under fire for disqualifying the rebel MLA’s and also the 5 independents has come out in his own defense and said that no rule or procedure has been violated. Speaking to the media in Bangalore, speaker K G Bopaiah said that when required I will give the numbers to the government. I have the numbers with me and I know exactly who have voted for and against the motion. I have followed every rule in the book and I have not exceeded my jurisdiction while deciding the matter, Bopaiah also informed when contacted.

11 Oct 2010 11:29:34
An emotional B S Yeddyurappa thanked god and cursed the opposition just after winning the trust vote through a voice vote. Addressing media persons I’m the vidhan Soudha’s just a while ago, the chief minister of Karnataka said that the opposition is frustrated that it didn’t have the numbers to pull down the government. The bjp has proved its majority and it will, complete its term.
Equating H D Kumaraswamy the chief engineer behind this crisis to Duryodhana, the chief niter said all his attempts had failed. I have no idea what prompted hi, to do this. I know fully well who has paid whom money in this entire drama. The bjp will focus on governance and I apologize to the people for all this drama. A cabinet reshuffle is on the cards he added. He also apologized to the media for the manner in which they were treated and said an inquiry into the man handling of media persons will be conducted and the guilty police punished.

11 Oct 2010 10:28:44
Governor of Karnataka H R Bharadwaj will examine the trust vote which was won by B S Yeddyurappa government by a voice vote. The governor who had sent his observers to witness the proceedings will seek a report from them and also examine the CCTV footage of the trust vote.
Meanwhile all opposition leaders have gone to Raj Bhavan seeking the intervention of the governor into the matter. The opposition has cried foul over the manner in which the proceedings were held. They alleged that they had not been given an opportunity and the voice vote was held not in conformity witness the rules. They may also seek an explanation from the speaker and ask him for a division of the votes.

11 Oct 2010 10:19:39
It was all over in a matter of five minutes with the Bharatiya Janata Party winning the crucial trust vote in the floor of the Karnataka legislative assembly. The speaker K G Bopaiah announced that the decision will made through a voice vote.
The house has now been adjourned following which the speaker will have to explain the division of the votes. The congress mlas meanwhile headed to the Raj Bhavan to lodge a complaint against the government for the manner in which proceedings were conducted. The BJP managed to win the trust vote after the speaker disqualified 16 MLA’s and the house number was reduced to 208.
11 Oct 2010 10:11:35
The B S Yeddyurappa government has won the trust vote. The victory was secured by a trust vote

11 Oct 2010 10:06:07
Proceedings which were to commence at 10 am have not been able to start off as yet with terrible scenes being witnessed at the Karnataka legislative assembly. mlas opposing the BJP came to blows with security personnel and even injured one of the marshals who were teeing to restrict their entry in the wake of the order of the speaker. The rebel mlas who defied this order headed straight to the chair of the speaker stood on top of it and staged a protest. The congress and the JDS MLA’s squatted on the well of the house and refused to permit the proceedings to be commenced. Security has been increased three fold around the Vidhan Soudha area which houses the legislative assembly.


BJP Startergy to overcome the floor test hurdle

11 Oct 2010 09:41:04
Chief Minister of Karnataka B S Yeddyurappa who faces an acid test today has just entered the Karnataka legislative assembly amidst tight security. Following him was speaker of the assembly K G Bopaiah whose order disqualifying 16 mlas has come under fire from the opposition.
Meanwhile there were unprecedented scenes at the Vidhan Soudha witness the 16 MLA’s gaining entry into the house where the proceedings will be conducted. The MLA’s managed to gain entry despite the speaker barring them entry into the house. All the 16 MLA’s who are presently seated in the house entered the house after breaking glasses in the assembly with the help of JDS MLA’s. The rebels claim that the order is against law and none can prevent them from entering the house.

11 Oct 2010 09:33:08
Defying the order of the speaker the 16 disqualified MLA’s have entered into the Vidhan Soudha with the help of the JD(s) mlas and are staging a protest. The 16 MLA’s who were refused an appointment by the chief justice of Karnataka at his residence joined the jds mlas and have entered into the Vidhan Soudha.
As per the order of the speaker the MLA’s will not be permitted to take part in the proceedings which is to commence at 10 am. The Vidhan Soudha which houses the Karnataka legislative assembly is currently a hotbed of political activity. All the MLA’s from all parties have just arrived at the house and the chief minister B S Yeddyurappa is expected to reach in the next ten minutes.
Meanwhile the registrar before whom the petition against the speakers order has been filed will place the matter before the chief justice seeking allotment of a bench.

11 Oct 2010 09:14:00
In an interesting development all the 16 MLA’s who have been disqualified by the speaker of the assembly have landed up at the residence of the Chief Justice. While their legal team has already filed the petition before the registrar of the high cour the rebels have decided to request the chief justice to intervene in the matter.
They will request chief justice G S Kehar to grant them relief and take the matter up out of turn. They would also seek a stay on the order against them and delay in the proceedings at the assembly so that their petition does not become infructuous.

The acid test of K’taka govt begins

11 Oct 2010 09:05:02
The congress MLA’s numbering 73 were the first to reach the Karnataka Legislative assembly, an hour before the trust vote against the BJP government could commence. All the congress MLA’s who were put up in a resort near Bangalore landed at the assembly and warned that they will not let the speaker conduct the house in the wake of his order which disqualified 16 MLAs. The MLA’s questioned as to how the speaker had the right to disqualify the independent MLA’s and compared the Yeddyurapparegime to that of Hitler. The congress has decided to wait for order of the jig court and then approach the governor.
The BJP legislators who were holed up in a resort also left for the assembly. All the legislators conducted prayers at a temple before leaving for the assembly.
11 Oct 2010 08:50:05
The opposition parties are up in arms against the order of the speaker in which 16 MLAs were disqualified. Senior congress leader Siddaramaiah told reporters in Bangalore that the speaker has exceeded his jurisdiction while passing this order. He also said that the governor will be apprised of this matter and also added that Raj Bhavan was watching every development closely.
Meanwhile the disqualified MLAs are making every effort to seek a stay on the order of the speaker. The legal team comprising nearly 40 persons made a beeline to the high court filing section and is seeking early posting of the matter. They have also advised the political leaders opposing the order of the speaker to approach the governor seeking his interference in the matter. The rebels who are not revealing the cards say that they have something else planned in case they are not allowed inside the house today.

2) Security ahead of the crucial trust vote has been beefed up in the entire state. Commissioner of police, Bangalore city, Shankar Bidri told media persons tat 900 persons had been taken into preventive custody. In addition to this the prohibitory orders have been clamped around the Vidhan Soudha which houses the Karnataka the legislative assembly. In addition to this media persons too have been barred from entering into the assembly.
The commissioner of police has also ordered the closure of all bars in the city for the entire day.

11 Oct 2010 08:09:52
The Speaker of the Karnataka legislative assembly has disqualified 16 MLAs just ahead of the crucial trust vote against the BJP government today. Speaker, K G Bopaiah who had heard the disqualification plea on Sunday passed the order of disqualification at 2.30 am on Monday.
This means that the 16 rebel MLAs who had been plotting the fall of the government cannot vote in the trust motion today. With the disqualification the strength of the Karnataka assembly has come down to 208 which means the BJP will have to get at least 105 votes to get through the trust vote. The BJP currently has 100 members following this disqualification. They will rely on the votes of the speaker, nominated member and the 4 independents which the party has claimed they have the support of.
The rebels who have been barred from voting have de died to approach the chief justice of the Karnataka high court directly. They feel that the order is unjust and also will challenge it before the high court today. They would seek an early hearing since the trust vote commences at 10 am and proceedings in the court normally start only by 10.30 am.

Is leadership change the real issue in K’taka?


As the crisis in Karnataka deepens, senior leaders in the BJP are rushing to Bangalore to hold talks. Senior cabinet Minister, Dr V S Acharya told rediff.com that we are confident that of tiding through the crisis and will win the trust vote on October 11th.

I am hopeful that this crisis will be over soon and we will be able to prove our majority on the floor of the house on October 11th.

On being asked as to why the BJP in Karnataka faces a crisis every six months, Dr Acharya said that there is no particular reason for this. Each one has their personal reasons and react in their own way. I cannot tell you the reason for it since I don’t know, but each has their own reason and they join together and a crisis is created.

Meanwhile the rebels who have now moved to Kochi from Chennai appear not to be relenting. While their primary issue was more cabinet berths, the demand now is for a change in leadership. The emissaries who have been sent to hold talks have come back saying that the rebels would relent if the leadership is changed. During the course of the day more talks will be held with the rebels and senior BJP leader, Venkaiah Naidu will be coming down to Bangalore after holding talks with the rebels. He is expected to put forth the views of the rebels before the party leadership in Karnataka and then work out a solution so that the two year old government in Karnataka survives.

Dr Acharya however pointed out that the issue of a leadership change has not come before them as yet. Nothing to that affect has come up before us as yet and I don’t think this issue may arise either, he also said.

Yeddi’s time starts now


Governor of Karnataka H R Bharadwaj has given Karnataka Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa time till October 12th to prove his majority on the floor of the House. A Raj Bhavan communication issued here states that 14 BJP MLAs and 5 independents have withdrawn their support from the government.

This would mean that the BJP government in Karnataka has been reduced to a minority. With the 21 MLAs pulling out this means that the BJP government will have just 96 MLAs with it when the magic number required to stay in power in 113.

However the Yeddyurappa camp is hopeful that it will tide over the crisis and will be able to prove its majority by October 12. They are expecting a positive communication from Chennai by evening after it was decided to accommodate many rebels in the cabinet.