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Karnataka crisis: HDK to seek trust vote, asks Speaker to fix time

BENGALURU, JUL 12 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/12/2019 11:41:31 AM IST

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 resignation of 16 ruling coalition MLAs, which now threatens the government’s survival.

However, the opposition BJP took exception to the chief minister raising the matter during obituary reference.

A total of 16 MLAs-13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) resigned, which was followed by the two independent legislators who were made ministers recently withdrawing support to the government.

“In my opinion today in the backdrop of the developments, I have decided that I should move the confidence motion. I seek your time,” Kumaraswamy told the Speaker. “The occasion is such that, I have to say this, I can continue only if I enjoy the trust of the House. In this background, I am not ready to misuse my position sitting in this place,” he said. He said he had taken the decision on the trust vote “voluntarily.”

SC orders status quo till Tuesday 

Supreme Court on Friday ordered a status quo till Tuesday on Karnataka’s rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, which means their resignation or disqualification proceedings will remain in limbo. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi posted the matter pertaining to the Karnataka political crisis for further hearing on July 16.

The bench specifically mentioned in the order that Karnataka assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar would neither decide the issue of resignation nor that of the disqualification of the rebel MLAs to enable the court to decide the larger issues raised during the hearing of the matter. The bench noted in its order that the issue of maintainability of the rebel MLAs’ petition under Article 32 of the Constitution was raised by the speaker and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

Further, the bench noted that senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, had countered the speaker’s

submission that the disqualification plea of the ruling coalition in the southern state had to be decided before taking up the issue of resignation of the lawmakers.

The bench said taking all these aspects and the incomplete facts before it into consideration, there was a need for further hearing.

 

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