The Karnataka assembly has voted on the Trust Motion and HD Kumaraswamy's Congress-JDS coalition has lost the trust vote by 6 votes as 99 legislators were in favour of the confidence motion and 105 against it, Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar announced before adjourning the House.
With the numbers stacked against him, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy faced the defeat after winding up the debate for four days on the motion of confidence moved by him on Thursday last, amid the political turmoil.
The Congress-JDS government had defied the two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala to Kumaraswamy to demonstrate his majority on Friday itself.
A wave of resignations had set off the political turbulence in the state, pushing the 14-month old coalition government to the brink of collapse.
Prohibitory orders are in place across Bengaluru for 48 hours starting 6pm today over the trust vote.
The state assembly proceedings commenced at 10 am this morning with BJP in full attendance. Several Congress-JDS lawmakers including Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah were absent for the first few hours of the session.
The coalition plunged into crisis after 16 lawmakers resigned and two independents withdrew support. The BJP has accused the Chief Minister of delaying the trust vote in hopes of reprieve from the Supreme Court.
Here are the live updates on Karnataka crisis:
The Congress and HD Kumaraswamy, whose government in Karnataka crashed in the test of strength in the state assembly today, have promised strong action against the rebels who brought it down. All 16 rebels - 13 from the Congress and 3 from Mr Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular who resigned earlier this month, pushing the government into minority -- will be disqualified, the leaders have said."
The Congress, which lost one more state under its belt today as the Karnataka government crashed in the trust vote in the state assembly, said it was the result of the "unscrupulous political horse trading of BJP". The party, however, declared it a "moral victory" and promised to hold nationwide protests against the "immoral, blatant and brazen political destabilization carried out by the BJP"."
"People were fed up of this government," he said, adding that his government would focus on farmers.
Political morality and basic democratic values got defeated by the unscrupulous political horse trading of BJP in Karnataka.
The sabotage of a duly elected government in Karnataka carried out by the BJP is one of the most heinous and subversive instances of blatant political horse tradings the country has ever witnessed.
The coalition government was brought down by the nefarious joint efforts of the Central Government, Governor, State Government of Maharashtra and Central BJP leadership. BJP carried out this political drama by offering huge amounts of black money and ministerial berths to the defected MLAs. Along with this, the BJP also misused central agencies like Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax for black mailing and coercing MLAs. BJP has carried out one of the biggest political subversion and hawala transaction to destabilize the coalition government in Karnataka. Video evidences of BJP leaders offering money to the defected MLAs for destabilising the coalition government and carrying out political horse trading was clearly brought out in the legislative assembly.
The Congress party and JD(S) fought on the floor of the house, in the Honourable Supreme Court as well as in the streets to uphold the democratic mores and values. All MLAs who stood with the party and workers who fought for upholding political morality in the state deserve a huge respect. Although BJP could get an upper hand in the legislative assembly in terms of the number of MLAs, the Congress-JD(S) had earned the moral victory.
"Some of our Cong MLAs-- 15-16 MLAs violated the whip by not attending the proceedings of the House. They are therefore liable to be disqualified."
People' mandate was for our alliance even if we consider the vote share. Both our parties together got 54.44% votes. We did form the alliance based on this mandate.@INCKarnataka- Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 23, 2019
.@BJP4Karnataka did not get the majority both in terms of seat or vote share in 2018 elections but inspite of this, @BSYBJP took oath but failed to prove the majority. Had he got little more time, he would have operated back then only.- Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 23, 2019
It is clearly evident that @BJP4Karnataka leaders are behind this disgusting political gameplan. People are not fools to not understand this & they will teach BJP leaders a great lesson in the coming elections. How is it right to destabilize stable govt for their selfish reasons?- Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 23, 2019
Service to public is the only motivation for us to enter politics. It is not a job but a passion. If we don't have an ideology, there will be no point of being in public space. I believe in the Constitution & it envisages social justice for all which is also my vision.- Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 23, 2019
.@BJP4Karnataka had got 104 in the assembly elections & governor had given them permission to form the govt but they failed to prove the majority. So our alliance is not against the mandate.- Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 23, 2019
The one-year-old coalition government of the Congress and HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular - teetering for weeks -- collapsed today, failing the floor test in the Karnataka assembly. The coalition cobbled up only 99 votes in comparison to the 105 votes of the BJP, which later tweeted that it was the "Game of Karma". The demand for trust vote came as 16 legislators resigned and two Independents withdrew support to the government within a fortnight. The trust vote -- pending since Friday - was held this evening after a lengthy back and forth. State capital Bengaluru has been placed under prohibitory orders banning large gatherings after the northern part of the city witnessed a clash between the Congress and the BJP workers over the two independent lawmakers who switched sides."
Speaker: Will you take these people into the party?
HD Kumaraswamy: No their betrayal will not be entertained
Supporters of the Congress and the BJP came to blows as the workers ruling coalition attempted to take away two Independents to the state assembly ahead of the trust vote that the government is facing."
- Sometimes when something is given some time, it gets better. Like I said before, I have done make some mistakes and I have done some good things.
- In the last Vidhan Sabha elections, no one got absolute majority. This then made way to the current scenario. But the last year has been difficult. We have not been let to rule.
- My wife before marrying me said I will be married to you and not your politics or power. Today she is here in the house. How far has the journey been for me.
- I am not particularly worried about the end of this debate. The outcome of the debate.
- Social media is what is endangering us. Everything is on Twitter. (Reads out BJP tweet), says "I was preparing for this debate not relaxing. I wanted to take to take it all in, not looting money. I don't want to talk about all the false being said on social media."
- Did I become a Chief Minister for all these certificates that I have received? Did I work as CM for this long for this certificate? I am pained. I do not regret it. Gets emotional.
- I will happily give up rather than all this. Why I am saying all this is because I don't want to see such tweets. I have acted with decency. The last 14 months has been - will they stay or will they go - and I thank my party leaders for staying through it all. The objections to us started on Day 1 of the coalition government.
- I want to assure the people watching that we have not wasted any time and we have worked hard.
- When I've done one thing wrong people have been quick to point it out. So I urge that people see the good and appreciate that as well. Have I betrayed the people?
- I wanted to create history, that's all I wanted to do. Have a government for the people. Some have referred to the government as "Kumbhakarn" - asleep. Since February, the opposition has been claiming that we don't have numbers. All of this surprises me.
Speaker: So many lemons have been used for pooja and superstition, they could have been given to the poor instead.
Mr Kumaraswamy: I want to ask. What have I done wrong? I want to know. They are so angry. Let's vote. I am not saying no to that.
- I am ready for the vote. Let's do it.
Session for #KarnatakaTrustVote has begun- BJP Karnataka (@BJP4Karnataka) July 23, 2019
But CM @hd_kumaraswamy is resting at his Taj West end hotel
His message is clear
He will continue to loot & waste tax payers money to the very last second as CM
He & his party will be answerable to Kannadigas very soon
BJP leader Shobha Karandlaje told news agency ANI: "They don't have the numbers. They're a minority government. Legislators are in Mumbai. They don't want to come. Let's see what happens by this evening. Confident that this government will definitely go. This isn't a people's government. People are upset, MLAs are upset."