Karnataka crisis: SC to pronounce order on Wednesday on rebel MLAs plea

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will pronounce its order on Wednesday (July 17) morning on the pleas of 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs seeking direction for...

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Karnataka crisis: SC agrees to hear plea of 5 more rebel MLAs on Tuesday

The Supreme Court on Monday (July 15) agreed to hear the plea of five more rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators seeking a direction to the Karnataka Assembly Speaker to accept their resignation. ALSO READ: Karnataka: Congress tries to woo back disgruntled MLAs, holds hectic parleys A bench headed by Chief Just...

K’taka MLAs write to Mumbai Police, say don’t want to meet Cong leaders

Bengaluru: The rebel Karnataka MLAs staying at a Mumbai hotel have written to the city police chief, saying they don’t want to meet Mallikarjun Kharge or any other Congress leader. There have been speculations that Kharge, some other senior Congress leaders and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy may visit Hotel Renaissance in Powai where the rebel le...

Karnataka: Congress tries to woo back disgruntled MLAs, holds hectic parleys

A day after rebel Karnataka Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj hinted at taking back his resignation, more MLAs appeared to be following suit. Nagaraj headed to Mumbai on Sunday, and Congress leaders in the state expressed confidence that he has gone to bring back another disgruntled MLA. On the same day, senior Congress leaders Siddaramaiah and G Parames...

K’taka crisis: Rebel Congress MLA Nagaraj heads to Mumbai

Bengaluru: Efforts by coalition leaders to mollify rebel Congress MLA M T B Nagaraj seem to have failed as he has flown to Mumbai on Sunday, according to sources. Leaders of the Congress-JD(S) coalition held negotiations with Nagaraj on Saturday in a bid to woo him back to save the H D Kumaraswamy-led government in Karnataka that is on the brink of collapse. ...

Resort politics returns in Karnataka with a bang

People often go to resorts or weekend gateways to rejuvenate themselves and have some fun time. But when is the fun time for politicians? Perhaps, only in times of crisis. Whenever political parties in Karnataka do not have faith in their own MLAs, they rush them to luxury resorts. With the state’s Congress-JD(S) government on the brink of colla...

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Karnataka: Cong MLA Nagaraj hints at taking back resignation

Bengaluru: As the Congress intensified efforts to woo back its disgruntled MLAs in Karnataka on Saturday (July 13), one of them hinted that he might consider withdrawing his resignation and also said he would try to persuade others. State Housing Minister and Hoskote MLA MTB Nagaraj, one of the 16 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs who resigned from the Assembly la...

K’taka: Congress reaches out to rebel MLAs, Yeddyurappa wants trust vote

As Congress-JD(S) coalition leaders in Karnataka reached out to rebel MLAs, urging them to withdraw their resignations, state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa demanded that the no-confidence motion against the Kumaraswamy government be brought in the Assembly on Monday (July 15). "We will wait until Monday. Why delay it (no-confidence motion)?" Yeddyura...

K’taka: Congress initiates backchannel negotiations to win back rebel MLAs

Bengaluru: As the political imbroglio continued in Karnataka, Senior Congress leaders on Saturday (July 13) began backchannel negotiations to persuade the disgruntled MLAs, who have resigned from the Assembly, dealing a blow to the coalition government. A day after Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy made a surprise announcement in the Assembly that he would se...

Amid storm, Karnataka Speaker sticks to his guns

The Supreme Court on Friday forced a 4-day stalemate in the Karnataka crisis, restraining Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision on the resignations and disqualification of 11 Congress MLAs until July 16. This comes a day after Kumar refused to comply with an SC ruling asking him to decide on the resignations immediately. The ...

K’taka CM Kumaraswamy to seek trust vote, asks Speaker to fix time

Bengaluru: As his government teetered on the brink, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Friday announced that he would seek a trust vote and sought time from Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar. The surprise announcement from the embattled chief minister came in the state Assembly, which met here for a 11-day session in the backdrop of the resignatio...

Kumaraswamy govt on the brink, crucial test today

Bengaluru: Teetering on the brink of collapse, the Karnataka government has its task cut out for Friday. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will have to survive the first day of the Monsoon session. The BJP has assured the session will be stormy. Speaking to The Federal, BJP leader K S Eshwarappa said, “We have 107 seats with the support of two Independent MLAs...

Will have to examine if resignations are genuine: K’taka Speaker

Bengaluru: The political drama in Karnataka, saw many twists and turns on Thursday, with the Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar saying that the MLAs, who met him at the Vidhana Soudha in the evening had given their resignations in the "right format". "The MLAs had come, they said they want to resign, I said they can give... they asked me to accept it. It cannot...

Govt will survive, ready to face no-confidence motion: Cabinet

Bengaluru: As the government in Karnataka faces an existential crisis with the resignation of 16 legislators of the ruling coalition, the state Cabinet that met on Thursday (July 11) resolved to face the situation "bravely" and "withstand" it unitedly. Expressing confidence that the government would survive, the cabinet that met under the leadership of Chi...

Chidambaram says Karnataka, Goa crisis will hurt economy

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday (July 11) attacked the BJP-ruled government over the situation in Karnataka and Goa, saying they have "gravely damaged" democracy and that the developments will hurt the economy. The developments in Karnataka and Goa may help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in "advancing their political goals", b...

Governance comes to a standstill as political crisis grips Karnataka

Even as the political crisis in Karnataka worsened with the number of MLA resignations reaching 18 as of Wednesday, the crisis has taken a toll on administration and governance in the state. Work has come to a standstill in the departments of education, water resources department, agriculture and civic administration due to the instability of th...

Here’s why K’taka speaker rejected resignations of 8 rebel MLAs

The Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s rejection of the resignations of eight of the 13 Congress and JD(S) legislators on July 9, came as a surprise to many who hadn’t anticipated that a minor glitch as a letter’s format could render a resignation invalid, especially when it has the power to topple a government. But the speaker’s order has made...

Karnataka crisis: 2 more MLAs have resigned, says Speaker Ramesh

The political turmoil in Karnataka took a new turn on Wednesday (July 10) with both the government and the opposition engaging in a virtual tug of war to gain an upper hand. While BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa along with others on Wednesday staged a sit-in outside the Karnataka Assembly demanding the resignation of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, sen...

Rebel MLAs approach Mumbai police, say they feel threatened by Cong-JD(S) leaders

In a dramatic turn, 10 rebel MLAs from Karnataka who resigned previous week sought protection from Mumbai police saying they feel threatened by Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and Congress leader DK Shivakumar. In a letter addressing the Commissioner of police, the 10 MLAs said they requested the police not to allow Shivakumar and Kumaraswamy and tha...

Karnataka crisis: Speaker douses fire, keeps BJP waiting longer

Even as the HD Kumaraswamy-led JD(S)-Congress coalition government was reduced to a minority, with the about 15 MLAs resigning as on July 9 (Tuesday), the Karnataka assembly Speaker K R Ramesh’s decision stalling the resignations has come as a relief for some. Rejecting eight MLAs' resignations saying they were not in accordance with rule 202 of...

BJP resorting to politics of poaching in Karnataka: Cong

New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday (July 9) staged a walkout in Lok Sabha after accusing the BJP of indulging in "politics of poaching" in Karnataka, a charge denied by the ruling party at the Centre. The Congress tried to raise the issue in Lok Sabha during the Zero Hour, but was disallowed by Speaker Om Birla, who said the matter was discussed in the Hou...

Will not withdraw resignations, say rebel Karnataka MLAs

Bengaluru: Even as Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy went into a huddle with the coalition leaders in a last attempt to save his 13-month old alliance government, hit by resignations of over a dozen Congress-JD(S) MLAs, disgruntled MLAs camped in Mumbai on Sunday and made it clear they will not withdraw their resignations. A day after the resignatio...

Congress, JD(S) go into a huddle as Karnataka govt faces collapse

Congress and JD(S) in Karnataka have gone into a huddle to deliberate the next course of action, after 13 MLAs resigned from their Assembly membership and put the coalition government in crisis. BJP, which denied all allegations of interference in the MLAs’ resignations, said it was keeping a watch on the developments and indicated that it was l...

11 Karnataka coalition MLAs quit, BJP waiting in the wings

In a big jolt to the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy announced he had submitted his resignation as legislator on Saturday (July 6). Seven other Congress MLAs and three JD(S) MLAs, including former party president H Vishwanath, have also quit.  Of the total 11,  Ramesh Jharkiholi and Anand ...

The Cauvery conundrum: Weak monsoon worries Karnataka farmers

Bengaluru: The southwest monsoon has evaded Karnataka with rainfall deficit close to 30 per cent in June and the Cauvery delta region seem to be the worst affected. The rainfall in Malnad region, a crucial Cauvery catchment area, witnessed deficit of 42 per cent between June 1 and July 1. Experts believe the situation is set to worsen as they foresee weak ...

Cong holds together, makes it hard for BJP to dislodge K’taka govt

Following the resignation of its two MLAs, the disarrayed Congress party in Karnataka is in damage-control mode to keep its flock together. The resignations have brought back the number game as former chief minister Siddaramaiah called for an urgent legislative party meeting to address the concerns of the rebel MLAs. Congress sources said the pa...