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Kumaraswamy government falls, loses trust vote in Assembly

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The JDS-Congress alliance government has collapsed following its defeat in the confidence vote in Karnataka Assembly today evening. The Kumaraswamy government could get just 99 votes, falling far short of the simple majority. Whereas, the BJP secured 105 votes. Kumaraswamy accused the BJP of doing suitcase politics to bring down his government which is something not in the nature of the Deve Gowda family.

Kumaraswamy also tendered his apology to the Karnataka people for failing to live up to their aspirations. The curtains came down on the weeks-old constitutional crisis in the state as 24 Congress rebel MLAs withdrew support from the Kumaraswamy government. The Congress top leaders tried to save the alliance but they could not because of the strong strategies used by the BJP. Several months ago itself, the BJP leaders hinted at the downfall of the Kumaraswamy government and they successfully did it despite many hurdles in the process.

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Why should I resign? asks Kumaraswamy

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The Karnataka high drama is continuing. CM Kumaraswamy has decided not to tender his resignation, saying he still has the support of majority MLAs. Technically, he is correct as the Assembly Speaker has not yet accepted the resignations of the rebel MLAs. These MLAs have now approached the Supreme Court complaining against the Speaker’s non-acceptance of their resignations.

Kumaraswamy cancelled his earlier decision to resign after he met with the senior leaders of the Congress party. His father and Ex PM Deve Gowda has also said that the Karnataka political crisis is not limited to their one state as the entire country is in a deep crisis. The BJP leaders are continuing their game plan and running the camp for rebel MLAs. The issue is becoming a major constitutional crisis. It’s a tough time for the court as well to amicably solve the issue.

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Kumaraswamy to resign as Karnataka drama reaches climax?

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BJP game plan is proving to be successful eventually in Karnataka. Two more MLAs have withdrawn support from the JDS-Congress combine. They submitted resignations to Assembly Speaker in the correct format and the same were accepted. The two MLAs refused to change their mind and they left Bangalore to join the other rebel MLAs in Mumbai.

Following this, CM Kumaraswamy has decided to put his resignation tomorrow. He has already surrendered the government vehicles and went in his personal vehicles. Even Congress seniors like Siddharamaiah threw up their hands in helplessness.

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Naidu meets Gowda, Kumaraswamy for post-poll alliance

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday discussed forging a non-BJP alliance after the results of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday with Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo H.D. Deve Gowda and Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy here, a party official said.

“Naidu met Gowda and Kumaraswamy at the latter’s residence in the city’s southern suburb and sought their party’s support for forming a non-BJP alliance and staking claim to power in the event of a fractured verdict and a hung Parliament,” JD-S official Ramesh Babu told IANS here.

The JD-S, which is in power in the southern state with the Congress, has agreed to being a part of such an alliance and even endorsed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for the Prime Minister’s post.

“Naidu also apprised Gowda and Kumaraswamy of his discussions with Gandhi, TMC President Mamata Banerjee, BSP President Mayawati, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and other allies for a post-poll alliance to prevent the BJP from returning to power in a hung Parliament,” said Babu.

The JD-S has contested in only 7 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats across the state, allowing the Congress in the remaining 21 seats as part of a pre-poll seat sharing arrangement for fielding joint candidates against the Bharatiya Janata Party.

“Naidu has agreed to call on both the JD-S leaders on Thursday after all the Lok Sabha results are declared and requested them to be in New Delhi on Friday for a meeting of the non-BJP alliance leaders, Babu added.

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Is all really well as announced by Devegouda and Kumaraswamy?

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Karnataka political drama is still continuing. It is known news that two independent MLAs wrote letter to governor informing him about they withdrawing support to Kumaraswamy led JDS-Congress government. Also, three other Congress MLAs are said to be in touch with BJP. With this, focus of entire media shifted to Karnataka politics again.

However, former prime minister Deve gouda , and Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy are assuring their cadres and media that situation is completely in control and all these MLAs are in touch with them. They are also saying that their government will run for full 5 years comfortably. Devegouda even blamed media for exaggerating the situation.

However, there are reports coming from sources that BJP is planning to pull down JDS-Congress government and have elections for the state along with 2019 general elections. BJP might be hoping that, simultaneous elections in Karnataka along with Lok Sabha elections may help their party. After these reports, it seems that it is really tough time for JDS-Congress alliance. We will have to wait and see what turn Karnataka politics take ahead of 2019 general elections.

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Amavasya Effect: Karnataka CM avoids official programmes

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The Chief Minister of Karnataka State Mr. H.D.Kumaraswamy, who believes Astrology and Muhurthams, has on Monday and Tuesday avoided key meetings including official programmes by spending time at home.

The CM had to finalize JD(S) Party’s candidate of Ramanagara assembly segment on Monday for upcoming bi-elections, but, due to the Amavasya day, he did not organize any meeting. Meanwhile, the CM had to attend Deendayal birth anniversary programme in which Vice President of India Mr. M.Venkaiah Naidu and Governor Vajubhai Vala took part. The CM had also avoided following protocol as he had to receive the Vice President at Airport. Sources from the JD(S) told ‘Telugu360’ that Kumara Swamy’s family performs special pujas on every Amavasya and this time the pujas, which began on Monday, were continued till Tuesday afternoon.

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BJP out to oust CM Kumaraswamy in Karnataka

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The BJP has yet again begun its efforts to dislodge the HD Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka by taking advantage of internal rivalries in the Congress party there. The Janata Dal Secular leaders were very tense as they were afraid of nearly 20 Congress MLAs joining the opposition BJP ranks in order to oust Kumaraswamy anytime now. CM Kumaraswamy himself expressed his disappointment and strongly criticised the BJP for continuing its efforts to destabilise his government. He made no secret of his apprehensions at a public meeting at Hasan now. This time, Congress leader and Minister Ramesh Jharkiholi and his brother Sateesh Jharkiholi are leading the revolt in which plans were already drawn to shift 20 Congress MLAs to Maharashtra where BJP is in power and it will give shelter. In this year’s assembly election, Congress won 78 MLA seats and JDS won 37 seats. But BJP emerged as the single largest party by winning 104 seats which was nine seats short of the total 113 majority required to form the government.

As there was no consensus CM candidate in Congress, they chose to make their alliance partner Kumaraswamy Chief Minister. Ever since, coalition crisis and alliance partners’ greed haunted his government during cabinet expansions, nominated posts and so on. Congress Coordination Committee Chairman Siddaramaiah was stated to have begun damage control exercise amid talk of the 20 MLAs likely to be taken in Indian Air Force aircraft to Maharashtra. BJP is trying all tricks up its sleeve to destabilise the frail JDS-Congress at every given opportunity. It used its power at the Centre to get ED raids conducted on the property of Minister DK Sivakumar sometime ago. The incident created tensions between the cadres of JDS and BJP in Bangalore. Politics of advantage-taking are unstoppable in this era of weak coalition governments in the states.

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Narendra Modi challenges Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy

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It is known news that Kumaraswamy became Chief Minister of Karnataka state after BJP lost it in the number game and Congress supported JDS party after elections. BJP and JDS are seen as rival parties at the moment in Karnataka. Now Prime Minister Narendra Modi challenge Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy. however this has nothing to do with politics but it is as part of ongoing fitness challenge campaign. Narendra Modi uploaded video of his exercises in to Twitter and challenged Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy, tennis player Manika Batra, and all IPS officers who are above 40 years age.

He tweeted regarding the same as – “Here are moments from my morning exercises. Apart from Yoga, I walk on a track inspired by the Panchtatvas or 5 elements of nature – Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu, Aakash. This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating. I also practice breathing exercises. I am delighted to nominate the following for the #FitnessChallenge: Karnataka’s CM Shri @hd_kumaraswamy, India’s pride and among the highest medal winners for India in the 2018 CWG, @manikabatra_TT and the entire fraternity of brave IPS officers, especially those above 40.”

we will have to wait and see how Kumaraswamy responds to the challenge of Modi and whether he will challenge anyone else from his side.

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Kumaraswamy government wins trust vote after BJP walkout in Assembly

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The Karnataka government led by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Friday won the confidence motion with a voice vote in the new Assembly after opposition BJP members walked out ahead of the floor test.

“The confidence motion has been put to vote and won by a voice vote in favour of Kumaraswamy,” declared newly elected Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar.

The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S)-Congress coalition government won the floor test as 116 members voiced their favour for the confidence motion.

After addressing the members and replying to an emotional speech by opposition Bharatiya Janata Party leader B.S. Yeddyurappa, Kumaraswamy moved the motion, saying “I seek the support of this house to the confidence motion”.

Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar then put the motion to vote, which was backed by 116 members, including 36 of the JD-S, 77 of the Congress and one each of the Bahujan Samaj Party, Karnataka Pragnyavantha Janata Party and an Independent through voice.

Speaker Kumar did not vote.

As the 104 members of the BJP walked out before the floor test, Kumar declared that Kumaraswamy had won the motion by 116 voice votes with none against.

Though the Assembly strength is 225, including one nominated member, elections were held on May 12 in 222 constituencies only, which threw up a hung house, with the BJP emerging as the single-largest party with 104 seats.

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Kumaraswamy sworn in as Karnataka CM

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H.D. Kumaraswamy was on Wednesday sworn in as the Chief Minister of a Janata Dal-Secular-Congress coalition government in Karnataka.

Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office to Kumaraswamy, the state’s 25th Chief Minister, at 4.30 p.m. on the grand steps of the state Secretariat in the presence of national and regional leaders from across the country.

Parameshwara of the Congress took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister.

Both the leaders took oath in Kannada in the name of god, farmers and the people of the southern state.

A galaxy of national and regional leaders and Chief Ministers of some non-BJP states from across the country were present on the occasion.

Among the prominent political leaders present on the huge dais were UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, BSP supremo Mayawati, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, expelled Janata Dal-United President Sharad Yadav and Communist Party of India-Marxist General Secretary Sitaram Yechury.

Chief Ministers Mamata Bannerjee (West Bengal), N. Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) and Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala) were also present at the 10-minute swearing-in ceremony.

Thousands of JD-S and Congress cadres and supporters from across the state, especially the Mysuru region thronged the venue braving the rain.

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Kumaraswamy meets Sonia, Rahul, discusses government formation

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JD-S leader and Karnataka Chief Minister-designate H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi to discuss ministerial berth sharing between the coalition partners ahead of his swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday.

The details of the meeting were not divulged but the sources said the Congress demanded two posts for Deputy Chief Ministers — one for a Dalit and the other for a Lingayat, 12 for ministers and one for the Speaker. However, Kumaraswamy said the matter will be finalised when the two sides sit together on Tuesday in Bengaluru.

The Congress has authorised its General Secretary incharge of Karnataka K.C. Venugopal to discuss the matter with local Congress leadership, including former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. He will also discuss the issue with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leadership.

“Rahulji cleared the modalities to be done. He has given permission to Venugopal to discuss all those matters and finalise everything. He will sit together to finalise things,” Kumaraswamy told reporters after meeting the Gandhis.

He also invited both the Congress leaders to his oath-taking ceremony in Bengaluru on Wednesday. “Both agreed to come,” he said.

Kumaraswamy earlier met Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati here and discussed plans of putting in place a Congress and JD-S coalition government. The JD-S contested the Karnataka election in a pre-poll alliance with the BSP and later had a post-poll tie-up with the Congress.

JD-S General Secretary and Spokesperson Danish Ali said Kumaraswamy and Congress leaders discussed “long term relationship on mutual trust” of the newly-formed coalition and vowed to give a joint contest to the BJP in Karnataka in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Ali told NDTV: “This is what we have decided. We will fight together.”

Asked about Congress’s demand of two Deputy Chief Ministers, he said: “Who will be their Deputy CM its up to them (Congress).”

Before Kumaraswamy meet the Gandhis, senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ashok Gehlot met Rahul Gandhi and are learnt to have discussed issues related to government formation in Karnataka.

Besides Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati and Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala), Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) and K. Chandrashekar Rao (Telangana) are expected to attend the oath-taking ceremony.

Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah launched a scathing attack on both the parties and described the alliance as “unholy” while defending his party’s decision to form the government.

“We were invited to form the government. There was nothing unethical,” Shah told reporters here.

“The BJP emerged as the single-largest party in Karnataka. The mandate was in favour of the BJP. The Congress and the JD-S formed an alliance against the people’s mandate. This is what I call an unholy alliance.”

He said if the Congress and the JD-S had not “locked” their MLAs in five-star hotels and allowed them to interact with people, the JD-S would have supported the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in government formation.

Shah said the BJP was invited to form the governments in Goa and Manipur earlier because the Congress did not stake claim despite emerging as the single-largest party as their leaders were “resting and sleeping”.

The BJP chief said as the single-largest party, it was the BJP’s right to stake claim. Responding to charges of attempts at horse trading by the BJP, Shah hit back, saying it was the Congress which sold its stable to form the state government.

Hitting out at the Congress for “preaching on democracy”, Shah reminded how it formed the government in Goa in 1980 despite failing to win a single seat in the Assembly elections.

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Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah hold strategy meet in Hyderabad

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Former Karnataka Chief Ministers H.D. Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah and other leaders of the Congress and the JD-S held a crucial meeting here on Friday evening to discuss the strategy to be adopted in the state Assembly on Saturday when the BJP government seeks a trust vote.

Janta Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader Kumaraswamy, Congress’ Siddaramaiah and top leaders of the two parties attended the meeting at the Taj Krishna hotel.

The two former Chief Ministers flew in to Hyderabad hours after the MLAs were shifted here by their respective parties to prevent them from being poached by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the crucial floor test in the new Assembly.

Siddaramaiah drove to the Taj Krishna and began consultations with the party leaders in the wake of the Supreme Court judgment directing Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to take the floor test at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

According to Congress sources, the senior leader gave directions to the MLAs to ensure coordination to defeat the trust vote. The meeting was attended by all 76 MLAs of the party.

Kumaraswamy, who has already staked claim to form the government with the support of the Congress, also reached Hyderabad and drove to Novotel, where his party MLAs were camping since their arrival in the city early on Friday.

The JD-S leader held a meeting with the party leaders and discussed the strategy to be adopted on Saturday. He later drove to Taj Krishna for a meeting with Congress leaders and MLAs.

Three bus loads of MLAs arrived here after their night-long road journey from Bengaluru. This happened after the plans of the two parties to move the legislators to Kochi failed.

All 76 Congress MLAs checked in at Taj Krishna in Banjara Hills. The bus carrying 36 JD-S MLAs first stopped at Park Hyatt in the same area but was later taken to Novotel Hotel.

Police have made tight security arrangements at the two hotels. Media persons have been barred from entering while security personnel were frisking visitors before allowing them in.

Congress leader Madhu Goud Yashki, who accompanied the MLAs from Bengaluru, told reporters that the BJP was shamelessly trying to poach the MLAs. He said the BJP would fail as the Congress-JD-S enjoyed a majority.

Telangana Congress chief Uttam Kumar Reddy, senior leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir and others met the party MLAs at Taj Krishna.

Within hours of the MLAs checking in at the hotels came the Supreme Court judgment directing the BJP government in Karnataka to prove its majority on the floor of the Assembly on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the two parties were busy making arrangements to take their MLAs back to Bengaluru. Sources said the legislators may fly to the Karnataka capital in a chartered plane.

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