With 16 legislators submitting their resignations, the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse.
The ruling coalition's total strength is 116 (Congress: 78, JD(S): 37 and BSP: 1), besides the Speaker. With the support of the two Independents, the BJP would have 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113.
If the resignations of the 16 rebel MLAs are accepted, the coalition's tally will be reduced to 100.
Earlier, 14 rebel Karnataka MLAs wrote to senior police inspector of Powai Police Station, complaining 'threat' from top Congress leaders.
The lettar says: We have absolutely no intention in meeting Mallikarjun Kharge or Ghulam Nabi Azad or any Congress dignitaries or functionaries from Maharashtra or Karnataka Congress team leaders or any other political leader. We anticipate serious threat from them and so we, hereby, request to kindly make necessary arrangements to stop these people from meeting us in case the situation arises.
Meanwhile, the BJP has demanded a trust vote to be held on Monday. The party has asserted that the coalition has lost majority, thus, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy should resign immediately or prove majority via trust vote on Monday itself.
Here are the UPDATES on the Karnataka crisis from July 15:
3:00 pm - Karnataka assembly adjourned till Thursday 11am
Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar adjourned the House till Thursday after Opposition BJP refused to participate in the assembly proceedings till CM HD Kumaraswamy takes up trust vote.
2:00 pm - Trust vote on 18 July: Siddaramaiah
After the Speaker announced in the Assembly that he will take a call on the floor test only after the Supreme Court’s order on Tuesday, Congress leader Siddaramaiah has said that the trust vote, as sought by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, will happen at 11.00 am on 18 July.
Siddaramaiah, Congress: Discussion on vote of confidence will be taken up on Thursday at 11 am in Karnataka Assembly. pic.twitter.com/bXDJIHbGqX— ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2019
12:59 pm - Kumaraswamy meets Speaker before session resumes
After a prolonged discussion with HD Deve Gowda, chief minister HD Kumaraswamy met Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar moments before the Assembly resumed.
12:30 pm - BJP gives a notice for the no confidence motion to the speaker
After BJP MLAs met the Speaker, now the Congress MLAs are meeting the Speaker in the Vidhan Soudha. BJP, meanwhile, has moved a no-confidence motion in the Assembly and the Speaker will take a decision at 12.30 on Monday.
11:36 am - Congress MLAs arrive at Vidhana Soudha from Taj Vivanta hotel.
11:24 am - BJP MLAs arrive at Vidhana Soudha
The MLAs will attend the monsoon session of the legislature. The MLAs were holed up in a hotel over the weekend after chief minister HD Kumaraswamy announced that he is ready for a trust vote to prove majority in the House.
11:18 am - The opposition BJP has decided to disrupt the Karnataka Assembly session if Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy does not move the trust vote to prove his fledgling coalition government has majority, reports IANS
10:59 am - The Supreme Court to hear individual pleas and main petition by rebel MLAs tomorrow
The Supreme Court said we would likely hear the case of five rebel MLAs-K Sudhakar, Roshan Baig, MTB Nagaraj, Muniratna and Anand Singh, tomorrow along with the main petition which is pending before us.
Supreme Court said we would likely hear the case of five rebel MLAs-K Sudhakar, Roshan Baig, MTB Nagaraj, Muniratna and Anand Singh, tomorrow along with the main petition which is pending before us. https://t.co/K41XKTZ6Jt— ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2019
10:40 am - We stand by our demand of floor test, says Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi
"We stand by our demand of floor test. The behaviour of Assembly Speaker and the chief minister is highly uncalled for and unacceptable. When the MLAs have personally handed Speaker their resignations, what inquiry does he want," asked Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi.
Parliamentary Affairs Min Pralhad Joshi on #Karnataka political situation: We stand by our demand(of floor test). Behaviour of Assembly speaker & CM is highly uncalled for & unacceptable. When the MLAs have personally handed Speaker their resignations, what inquiry does he want? pic.twitter.com/brhhYTzhR8— ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2019
10:15 am - BJP MLAs leave from Ramada hotel for Karnataka Assembly. BJP had demanded CM HD Kumaraswamy to prove majority of Congress-JD(S) Government in the assembly today.
10:00 am - The 14 rebel MLAs wrote to the senior police inspector of the Powai Police Station in Mumbai, citing threat from Congress leaders
Mumbai: 14 rebel K'taka MLAs write to Sr Police Inspector, Powai Police Station. Write '...we've absolutely no intentions in meeting Mallikarjun Kharge, GN Azad or any Congress dignitaries from Maharashtra&K'taka or any political leader as we anticipate serious threat from them.' pic.twitter.com/RfI2Jt6d6D— ANI (@ANI) July 14, 2019