Bengaluru, July 24: When the JD(S) and Congress came together to form the government in Karnataka 14 months ago, many had on day one predicted a quick collapse.
14 months later, the H D Kumaraswamy led government lost a trust vote 99 to 105. It was always said that the fate of the coalition would largely depend on how the 2019 results would shape up. Thanks to the big mandate that the BJP got in 2019, the party witnessed a resurgence in Karnataka as well. Moreover the Lok Sabha numbers in Karnataka were extremely impressive for the BJP. It won 25 of the 28 seats. The Congress, JD(S) and an independent shared a piece each.
Bengaluru, July 24: The Speaker of Karnataka, Ramesh Kumar had summoned the rebel MLAs to appear before him. The Speaker decided to take up a complaint that sought for their disqualification.
While the trust vote is over and the Congress-JD(S) coalition has collapsed the fate of the 15 MLAs who resigned still hangs in the balance. While many are hoping to become ministers in the new government, their fate lies in the hands of the Speaker.
Bengaluru, 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.
Bengaluru, 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.
New 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.
Bengaluru, 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.
Bengaluru, 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.
Bengaluru, July 13: The big question is will the Speaker of the Karnataka legislative assembly Ramesh Kumar accept the resignations of the rebel MLAs. He has been told to hold on to his decision until Tuesday by the Supreme Court, when it hears the matter next.
Currently seven Congress MLAs and three from the JD(S) face disqualification for disobeying the party’s whip. If the Speaker invokes the provisions under the 10th schedule of the Constitution and disqualifies the MLAs, they cannot contest a by-poll and return to the current legislative assembly.
Bengaluru, July 12: The million dollar question is who is behind the Karnataka crisis. The issue has dragged on and the Speaker is yet to take a call on the resignation of the rebel MLAs.
In the interim all parties have thrown barbs at each other accusing each one of engineering the crisis. The BJP says that it is an internal feud within the JD(S) and Congress that is playing out. The ruling coalition however blames the BJP for carrying out Operation Lotus.
Bengaluru, July 08:Is the personal rivalry between Deve Gowda and Siddaramaiah hitting the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka?
Gowda had publicly accused, Siddaramaiah of orchestrating the crisis in Karnataka after 13 MLAs resigned. Gowda said that the MLAs who resigned are supporters of Siddaramaiah. I know he is behind the crisis, the former prime minister also said.