Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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.

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