Karnataka Floor Test: The Assembly session of the Vidhana Soudha began on Tuesday with many anticipating whether the lawmakers will be able to meet the 6 pm deadline and complete the trust vote proceedings or the political drama will drag on. The proceedings ended without any conclusion yesterday. The fate of the Congress-JDS government in Karnataka still hangs in the balance as the House was adjourned without a trust vote on Monday as well. The ruling party asked the Speaker to wait for the Supreme Court's order today, he, however was adamant on his decision to have a floor test by today but later relented after Siddaramaiah's request. Speaker KD Ramesh Kumar has given the ruling coalition time till 4 pm to end the debate. The voting on trust motion, moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will take place at 6 pm, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said.
Here are latest updates from Bengaluru:
11:37 pm: Until then I suppose, the citizens of our country will have to endure their unbridled corruption, the systematic dismantling of insitutions that protect the people’s interests and the weakening of a democracy that took decades of toil and sacrifice to build, says Priyanka Gandhi.
11:36 pm: One day the BJP will discover that everything cannot be bought, everyone cannot be bullied and every lie is eventually exposed: AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi.
11:24 pm: From its first day, the Cong-JDS alliance in Karnataka was a target for vested interests, both within and outside, who saw the alliance as a threat and an obstacle in their path to power. Their greed won today. Democracy, honesty and the people of Karnataka lost, tweets Congress president Rahul Gandhi.
11:04 pm: WATCH: Karnataka BJP MLA Renukacharya dances with supporters outside the Ramada Hotel in Bengaluru after HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JDS government lost trust vote in the assembly, today.
#WATCH Karnataka BJP MLA Renukacharya dances with supporters outside the Ramada Hotel in Bengaluru. HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) government lost trust vote in the assembly, today. pic.twitter.com/6MBQNgzg4R— ANI (@ANI) July 23, 2019
9:20 pm: BJP Karnataka President, BS Yeddyurappa: I will discuss with Prime Minister and our President Amit Shah ji, afterwards I will go and meet Governor. We are going to have a legislature party meet now.
9:07 pm: Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala accepts HD Kumaraswamy's resignation. Asks him to continue to be the care taker chif minister untill the next government is formed in Karnataka.
9:01 pm: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy submits his resignation to Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala.
8:43 pm: Chief Minister HD Kumarswamy reaches Raj Bhawan, to submit his resignation to the Governor soon.
8:40 pm: The Congress party will hold nation wide protests against the immoral political destabilisation carried out by the BJP, says KC Venugopal
8:31 pm: The political morality and values got defeated by the unscrupulous political horse trading of BJP in Karanataka: AICC General Secretary.
8:14 pm: Kumarswamy first reaction after losing trust vote - Nothing to worry, this is just politics.
8:00 pm: Its the victory of democracy. People were fed up with the HDK govt. I want to assure people of karnataka, that a new era of development will start now onwards. Farmers suffering due to drought and other factors, we assure the farmers, we will give them more importance to live happily and take appropriate decisions as early as possible: BJP's Yeddyurappa.
7:53 pm: "It’s the victory of people of Karnataka. It’s the end of an era of corrupt and unholy alliance. We promise a stable & able governance to the people of Karnataka. Together we will make Karnataka prosperous again," BJP Karnataka wrote on Twitter.
7:50 pm: 'Game Of Karma,' tweets BJP Karnataka barely moments after winning trust vote in Vidhana Soudha.
7:49 pm: BS Yeddyurappa, BJP MLAs show victory sign in the Assembly, after HD Kumaraswamy led Congress-JD(S) coalition government loses trust vote.
7:44 pm: Congress-JDS government, led by HD Kumaraswamy, falls in Karnataka, loses trust vote 99-105
7:24 pm: Voting on trust motion begins in Karnataka Assembly.
7:20 pm: Minutes before trust vote, division bell for two mins.
7:09 pm: Ahead of trust vote Chief Minister Kumaraswamy says he is ready to resign.
6:44 pm: Whoever defected since 2013 lost. The same fate awaits those who have resigned this time. It should happen, says Siddaramaiah.
6:40 pm: Sonia Gandhi called me and extended support, I was not keen on forming the government: HD Kumaraswamy.
6:38 pm: Karnataka Speaker K Ramesh Kumar shows his resignation letter in the Assembly, saying that he is ready to quit if he has broken rules.
6:37 pm: I am hurt and giving up this post with happiness, says CM HD Kumaraswamy.
6:25 pm: I have committed mistakes and its time to rectify them: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy.
6:23 pm: I did not cheat the farmers of Karnataka, worked with honesty: HD Kumaraswamy.
6:20 pm: Nobody can accuse my government of not working for people, says Kumaraswamy.
6:10 pm: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy breaks down in Karnataka Assembly, says 'happy to give up my post'.
6:08 pm: I am from the film industry, I was a film producer. I'm talking about this because the opposition leader, who hasn't spoken here at all, has behaved very differently in the past. He has said that Deve Gowda is the reason for this government's fall. Please don't talk about him, speak about us because we've made mistakes. I'm not saying this because he's my father.
6:07 pm: I wanted to stay away from politics even though I come from a political family. When I married my wife she put a condition that she won't marry a politician, but now she's also in this house: HD Kumaraswamy.
6:04 pm: In the assembly elections last year nobody got a majority, as Siddaramaiah has already said. I wish to highlight this again because the opposition leader has said repeatedly that this is an unholy alliance, says the chief minister.
6:03 pm: I apologise to the speaker and the people on behalf of the MLAs: Kumaraswamy.
6:02 pm: The confidence motion I moved has been discussed for 4 days. This is a first in Karnataka's history, because no opposition leader participated in these discussions, says Kumaraswamy.
5:57 pm: All pubs and bars are closed in Bengaluru.
5:47 pm: WATCH: Congress workers protest outside an apartment on Race Course road in Bengaluru alleging that independent MLAs have been lodged here.
5:45 pm: Amid Kumaraswamy's emotional speech at Karnataka Assembly, Section 144 has been imposed in Bengaluru for 48 hours.
5:41 pm: I am an accidental chief minister, it is a phase that I get into the politics: HD Kumaraswamy.
5:37 pm: I came here to do good work, not greedy to be the chief minister, says Kumaraswamy.
5:36 pm: Discussion on trust vote is important, says Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in Karnataka Assembly.
5:30 pm: Rs 25 crore, 30 crore, 50 crore, where is this money coming from? They (rebel MLAs) will be disqualified. Their political 'samadhi' will be built. Whoever defected since 2013 lost. The same fate awaits those who have resigned this time. It should happen: Siddaramaiah.
5:24 pm: Congress workers have reached the apartment where two Independent MLAs have been staying at Race Course Road.
5:20 pm: Despite having less numbers in the assembly, Congress and JDS will go for floor trust. This will be the point to get 15 rebel MLAs disqualified as they didn't follow whip and abstained from voting: Congress leaders.
4:30 pm: Clash reported between Congress and BJP over Independents in Karnataka.
2:34 pm: “I live for my self respect. I have fought with a chief minister (Kumaraswamy) and a prime minister (Deve Gowda). But I will not stand such statements against me. My friends asked why I should go to Mumbai? But it's my duty,” says Shivakumar.
2:23 pm: DK Shivakumar tears into BJP, says “when I went to Mumbai I knew that prohibitory orders had been issued. I wasn't allowed inside the hotel because MLAs gave a complaint to Mumbai police Commissioner that we will storm into the hotel and asked that we shouldn't let in. I worked with them for 40 years, am I a dacoit? Couldn't I have locked them in my house when I tore their resignations? Yes, I was the reason MTB Nagaraj a ticket. We spoke to him and he gave a statement as well. Couldn't we have locked them up? No because we have trust in them. Bring them here, let them vote against this government.”
2:21 pm: Shivakumar attacks BJP and says, “We are angry because of the back stabbing by the rebels. It will happen to you as well. I'm talking to the happy people in Mumbai. They have buried them.”
2:17 pm: Siddaramaiah attacks BJP and says Shettar says Shivakumar is misleading the house. But the resignations haven't been accepted. The Supreme Court has said they won't fetter the Speaker. It's not Shivakumar but the BJP that has misled. He is only pleading with them to rectify their mistake, don't unnecessarily fall into the trap they've laid. This is not violation of anything. The Supreme Court order on compulsion is there but X Schedule is in existence, it hasn't been amended. This is why the Speaker clarified that I have right to issue whip and I've already done it. Nobody is above the Constitution, everything has to function in accordance with it. It is the basis. So the question of violation doesn't arise at all and nobody can kill and even the Supreme Court cannot overrule it. We gave the rebels ticket and Shivakumar is expressing pain that they are being misled.
12:19 pm: The Supreme Court deferred the hearing tomorrow while recording the Speaker's submission that the Karnataka floor test may take place by the end of the day.
11:17 am: Shivalinge Gowda says, “Let one thing be cleared, let the BJP say in this house say that none of the rebels will be given ministerial berths then we can hold a vote at this moment. We're stretching this because of the dubious manner in which our MLAs have been carted away.”
11:05 am: Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar says, ‘I didn't anticipate that there would session today and I'd given time to the rebels for their disqualification petition. I have to meet them. He has now handed over charge to AT Ramaswamy as Deputy Speaker is not present.
10:46 am: UT Khadar apologises for ‘MLAs' delay.’ ‘I'm not saying the opposition is wrong as we were instructed to be in the house by 10. But, that'll reduce our time to debate. We have to finish the floor test by 6pm.’ He also takes dig at the BJP and says, “BJP is on its toes to rule the state, run the govt but they'll have to wait. There was no majority by people's mandate. Hence a coalition was the only choice.”
10:34 am: The Congress MLAs have reached the Assembly.
10:30 am: Shivalinge Gowda added that, ‘the MLAs were under the misconception that the session was at 11 am. We've told them to come soon’
10:25 am: JDS leader Shivalinge Gowda urges Speaker to adjourn the House for 30 minutes. He says everybody will be here soon.
10:20 am: BJP’s Jagdish Shettar said, “Look at how lightly the coalition is taking this. They assured us that it will be done today but they haven't even come. Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy sits in his chamber and clears files instead of sitting for discussions. They don't have the mindset to prove their majority, they want to drag this. The people are disgusted with this. We cannot wait for people who are holed up in Mumbai.”
10:18 am: Session begins. BJP lawmakers present in the Assembly. Only one Congress MLA Priyank Kharge has reached the Assembly so far.