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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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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BSY loyalists-BJP writes to New Delhi

The Karnataka state BJP  has sent a report to its leadership in New Delhi about those persons who attended the launch of the Karnataka Janatha Party by former Chief Minister, B S Yeddyurappa. In its report the BJP has named those persons who were part of the meeting in Haveri last Sunday and has recommended action against them.

Although there were 22 persons from the BJP who were at Haveri action has been recommended against only 13 of them. The BJP contends that while 22 were present at the breakfast meeting hosted by Yeddyurappa prior to the launch of his new party, 13 of them had openly supported him by sharing the dais that day. Continue reading “BSY loyalists-BJP writes to New Delhi”

Yeddy, steady, will he go?

As B S Yeddyurappa gears up to fight yet another battle to save his seat, the 16 rebel MLAs who were given relief by the Supreme Court of India today said that their fight is against the individual and not against the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Karnataka state politics which had remained quiet for quite sometime now has erupted yet again with leaders from various groups holed up in separate meetings.
The Chief Minister Yeddyurappa was however portrayed a calm picture and said that he welcomed this result since it only boosted the party. Out of the 16 rebel MLAs 11 are from the BJP and this result means that they come back into the party. The CM said that with these 11 MLAs back in the party, the strength of the BJP has gone to 121 which includes the Speaker of the assembly and also one independent candidate. The magic number required in the Karnataka assembly is 113.
The 11 rebel MLAs who were disqualified from the party by the Speaker had moved the Supreme Court of India against the order of the High Court which had upheld their disqualification. These MLAs who are now technically back in the BJP are still at New Delhi and also held a meeting. They continue to remain adamant that Yeddyurappa should be changed. We have nothing against the party, our grouse is only against the individual, they say.
The CM who a while ago said that he welcomed the judgment is however locked up at his Dollar’s Colony private residence and is meeting with various party leaders from the state. He is discussing the verdict and how to face the problem in case the Governor or the Opposition insists on a floor test. With him at the meeting are State BJP president K S Eshwarappa, Law Minister Sunil Kumar among others. The composition of this meeting is interesting since it comprises Eshwarappa who has been openly gunning for the head of the Chief Minister. Already there are various allegations against Eshwarappa stating that he has been trying to break the party and become the CM with the help of the 11 rebels.
Yeddyurappa during the meeting has made it clear that there cannot be any leadership change, but better portfolios can be given to them.
The rebels are however in no mood to listen and continue to demand for a change in the leadership. Regarding the role to be played by the 5 independent MLAs who were also disqualified, the BJP says that they cannot comment on this and they are independent to take any decision. However the BJP also adds that it would issue a whip to all its MLAs in case they are asked to prove their majority on the floor of the house by either the Governor or the opposition.