"Totally Relaxed", Says HD Kumaraswamy After 2 Independent Lawmakers Withdraw From Coalition: LIVE

HD Kumaraswamy told news agency ANI, "If 2 MLAs withdraw their support, what will be the numbers? I'm totally relaxed."

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'Totally Relaxed', Says HD Kumaraswamy After 2 Independent Lawmakers Withdraw From Coalition: LIVE

HD Kumaraswamy said "whatever is going on in media in the past week, I am enjoying"

New Delhi: 

Two Independent lawmakers of Karnataka-- H Nagesh and R Shankar -- have  withdrawn support from the HD Kumaraswamy government. The move comes amid drama over the BJP accusing Mr Kumaraswamy of attempting to poach on their lawmakers and shifting more than a hundred of them to a resort in Gurgaon near Delhi. In the 224-member Karnataka Assembly, the JDS-Congress combine has 118 lawmakers - a slim margin over the majority mark of 113. With 104 lawmakers, the BJP is far short of majority. The Congress has claimed that five of its lawmakers are missing and accused the BJP of launching another "Operation Lotus" - a term coined in 2008, when the BJP was accused of inciting several opposition legislators to defect to ensure the stability of its government headed by Mr Yeddyurappa.

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy told news agency ANI, "If 2 MLAs withdraw their support, what will be the numbers? I'm totally relaxed. I know my strength. Whatever is going on in media in the past week, I am enjoying."
 

Here are the LIVE updates of the Karnataka situation:


Jan 15, 2019
22:38 (IST)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that in Karnataka, the BJP was playing its old game of poaching legislators of other parties.

"It won't look nice for me to comment on the situation there. There are local leaders," Ms Banerjee said.

Asked about allegations that the BJP was poaching other leaders, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, "This is an old game... there is nothing new. There had been similar things in some parts of Northeast and Goa."
Jan 15, 2019
20:59 (IST)
Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan, Congress: Our MLAs went to Mumbai for holidays, they'll be back by tomorrow. As per media, the number is increasing but according to us, it's decreasing. For us, it has come down to 2 from 15-16. Akalmand ko ishaara kaafi hai.
Jan 15, 2019
20:41 (IST)
Maharashtra BJP minister Ram Shinde said the HD Kumaraswamy-led government will "come down" within two days.

The Water Conservation, Protocol and OBC Minister said:

"People of Karnataka had given the mandate in favour of BJP (in 2018 polls), but we fell short by some numbers (to form government). As the Congress-JD (S) alliance has been on a sticky wicket, there are indications that the (Kumaraswamy) government would come down in two days," he told reporters.
Jan 15, 2019
18:56 (IST)
HD Kumaraswamy spoke to NDTV on two independent MLAs quitting his coalition government:

Jan 15, 2019
18:44 (IST)
The BJP would stake claim to power in Karnataka if the Congress-JDS coalition government falls, Union minister D V Sadananda Gowda said, hours after two Independent legislators in the state withdrew support from the seven-month-old Kumaraswamy dispensation.

Mr Gowda said the Kumaraswamy government would collapse on its own due to squabbling and that the Congress-JDS ''friendship" was on the "brink of divorce".

"The friendship is at the brink of divorce. It is time for break-up. A party with 37 seats has formed the government. It will collapse on its own due to squabbling. If the government collapses, we will certainly form the government," he told reporters.

Mr Gowda was replying to a query on whether there was any likelihood of the BJP staking claim to power in the event of the collapse of the coalition government.
Jan 15, 2019
17:53 (IST)
Mehbooba Mufti tweeted on the coalition:
Jan 15, 2019
17:22 (IST)
Brushing aside any threat to the H D Kumaraswamy-led Karnataka dispensation after two MLAs withdrew support, Congress general secretary K C Venugopal said the coalition government would continue despite the BJP''s "ugly and dirty" horse-trading attempts.

"We are confident that the Kumaraswamy government will continue. Even though they are offering a lot of things to our MLAs, we are very confident," he said.

"We are in touch with all our MLAs. Our people are with us. Our government will continue," he added.

Speaking to reporters after a marathon meeting with Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar and others, Mr Venugopal alleged that the BJP has been attempting to pull down the government since the day Kumaraswamy took over.

Lashing out at the BJP, the Congress leader said, "Ugly, dirty attempt of horse-trading being made by the BJP is creating this situation. I wonder why the ruling party of the country is doing things like this."

"The day the Kumaraswamy government was sworn in, they (BJP) started these types of things. What message are they giving? They are keeping their MLAs in a resort," Mr Venugopal said.
Jan 15, 2019
16:41 (IST)
BJP's Ram Shinde on 2 Independent MLAs withdraw support from Karnataka government:
They must have thought that they should join BJP that received the mandate instead of those who formed unnatural alliance. I'm getting a feeling that Operation Lotus will be successful in the coming days.
Jan 15, 2019
16:35 (IST)
BJP's Ram Shinde on 2 Independent MLAs withdraw support from Karnataka government: They must have thought that they should join BJP that received the mandate instead of those who formed unnatural alliance. I'm getting a feeling that Operation Lotus will be successful in the coming days.

Jan 15, 2019
16:21 (IST)
H D Deve Gowda asserted that there was no threat to the government headed by his son H D Kumaraswamy.

"It is not in anybody''s hands, including the media. However much you cry hoarse, nothing will happen because it is in the hands of God. When a party (JDS) of 38 MLAs gets the blessings of a national party (Congress), it is all the wish of God," he said.

"You are under some confusion (about the stability of the government) as also is Yeddyurappa, but I have no such confusion. Nobody can destabilise the government because it is the wish of God," the JD(S) supremo said.

Mr Gowda also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over allegations that Rs 60 crore and ministerial positions were offered to the MLAs of the ruling coalition by the BJP.

"Does it look good that a national party (BJP) is hoarding its 104 MLAs? I am not talking about Amit Shah but Modi, who talks a lot throughout the day," he said.

"All our MLAs are together at home. We are not worried about them," he added.

Mr Gowda said the Congress was unnecessarily worried.

"(K C) Venugopal (AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka affairs) has arrived here because he must have been shook after listening to some news, but there is no need for any confusion," he said.
Jan 15, 2019
16:02 (IST)
Deputy Karnataka Chief Minister G Parameshwara told ANI: We have been saying that BJP is luring our MLAs through money and power but their attempts to destabilise the govt will fail. Our government is stable.

Jan 15, 2019
15:56 (IST)
Earlier, many Congress lawmakers alleged that they were approached by the BJP leaders, who asked them to switch camps. The BJP has trashed the charges, saying the Congress was cooking up stories to cover up its ineptitude.
Jan 15, 2019
15:53 (IST)
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on 2 Independent MLAs withdraw support from Karnataka government: If 2 MLAs withdraw their support, what will be the numbers? I'm totally relaxed. I know my strength. Whatever is going on in media in the past week, I am enjoying.

Jan 15, 2019
15:51 (IST)
2 Independent MLAs, H Nagesh and R Shankar, withdraw their support from Karnataka government. Here are the submitted document as shared by the lawmakers by news agency ANI:


Jan 15, 2019
15:50 (IST)
Zameer Ahmed of the Congress told ANI: 4-5 of our party MLAs are in Mumbai. We will not sit silently if attempts of poaching are made, even we are in touch with some BJP MLAs. We had talked with 2-3 of our MLAs while other MLAs' phones are off. I can assure you no one will leave.

Jan 15, 2019
15:49 (IST)
Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar told news agency ANI: "Government is stable. It will run for full five years under the leadership of CM HD Kumaraswamy."

Jan 15, 2019
15:48 (IST)
News agency ANI tweeted pictures of BS Yeddyurappa and other Karnataka BJP lawmakers at a hotel in Gurgaon:


Jan 15, 2019
15:41 (IST)
The BJP has shifted 99 of its 104 state legislators to a private resort in Gurugram, a party spokesman told IANS.

"A total of 99 legislators are currently at a private resort, while the other five are in Delhi itself and in touch with us," BJP Karnataka's spokesman Vamanacharya told IANS.

"The reason that our MLAs had to be kept in a resort points to the ill-intentions of the coalition partners Congress and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S)," he added.

Jan 15, 2019
15:40 (IST)
Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Tuesday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on why Karnataka's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were being allowed to "destabilise" the state government. He tweeted:

Mr. Saaf Niyat @narendramodi,

Is allowing your disgraceful @BJP4Karnataka leaders to destabilize govt a 'Saaf Niyat' towards democracy?

Your PR slogans does not hide your actual 'Niyat' & your 'Sahi Vikas' should go beyond developing Resorts.

First show your Niyat to people!!
Jan 15, 2019
15:38 (IST)
Accusing HD Kumaraswamy's government of inefficiency, one the missing lawmakers, R Shankar, said, "Today is Makar Sankranti. On this day we want a change in government... so I am withdrawing my support today".

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