State News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. State News K'taka floods: Death toll reaches 82, state govt releases Rs 195 crore for relief measure Karnataka government on Monday released Rs. 195 crore for relief measure and to provide immediate compensation of Rs. 10,000 to the flood victims in the state. Meanwhile, the death toll in flood-related incidents in the state has mounted to 82. An official statement issued by N.Bhrungeesh, Media Secretary to the Chief Minister said, "The Government has released Rs. 195 crore for relief measure and to provide immediate compensation of Rs. 10,000 to the flood victims." It added, "The Government has released Rs. 80 crore towards additional grant under SDRF to meet the state share to pay Rs. 10,000 each to the flood victims to buy basic necessities such as clothes etc." Not afraid of any probe into phone tapping: Kumaraswamy Bengaluru:  Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday said he was not afraid of any probe into the phone tapping allegations, as he accused the BJP government of running a "transfer business" in the State. The JDS leader's statement triggered a war of words with chief minister B Yeddiyurappa's son B Y Vijayendra saying it was not appropriate to make "baseless allegations." Yediyurappa, however, said he was not going to react to the charges. "Why do you want to put words in my mouth? May God bless him. The whole world knows what he has done..," he told reporters. It all started with Kumaraswamys purported statement on Sunday that Yediyurappa had left his sons to run the 'transfer businesses' as reported by some news channels. Taking a serious note of it, Vijayendra tweeted the clipping of Kumaraswamys statement as it appeared in a Kannada news channel, which read that Yediyurappa has "let his son loose to run the transfer business." "...You cannot pass the buck on somebody else for your deeds. Stop trying to mislead the people through falsehood just because you are scared of the CBI probe into the telephone tapping case," he said. Vijayendra also tweeted links to news reports that claimed the then PWD minister H D Revanna had transferred 700 officials on a single day last year when Kumaraswamy was the chief minister. Later, speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, Vijayendra slammed Kumaraswamy for making "baseless allegations" against him and his family. "It is not appropriate to make baseless allegations against me and our family. It does not befit his stature," Vijayendra said. He challenged Kumaraswamy to make the facts public if he has evidence to back his claim. "People have seen how during your tenure governance had collapsed due to the involvement of your family. People of the state have seen how 700 staff in the PWD were given promotion and transferred," Vijayendra said. Reacting, Kumarasawmy cautioned chief minister Yediyurappa to keep his children "within their limits." He alleged that the chief ministers residence has turned into a "transfer market" these days. Speaking about the governments intention to conduct a CBI probe into the alleged phone tapping, Kumaraswamy said he was not scared of any probe because he did not do anything wrong. However, he asked the chief minister not to fix innocent people only to take revenge on him. Days after phone tapping allegations during the previous Congress-JDS coalition government surfaced, Yediyurappa on Sunday said he will order a CBI probe citing demands by several political leaders including from the Congress. 17 MLAs to be inducted as cabinet ministers in Karnataka Bengaluru:  Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will expand his ministry on Tuesday by inducting 17 ministers in the first phase. This will be the first-ever expansion of Yediyurappa's ministry after he assumed office on July 26 and proved his government's majority on the floor of the Assembly on July 29. Having run the government with a "one-man cabinet" for over 20 days, the chief minister had on Saturday managed to get the nod from BJP national president Amit Shah to undertake the exercise on August 20. Among those to be administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at the Raj Bhavan here at 10:30 am are Govind Karajol, Ashwath Narayan C N, Laxman Savadi, K S Eshwarappa, R Ashoka, Jagadish Shettar, B Sreeramulu and S Suresh Kumar. V Somanna, C T Ravi, Basavaraj Bommai, Kota Shrinivas Poojari, J C Madhu Seamy, C C Patil, H Nagesh, Prabhu Chauhan and Shashikala Jolle Annasaheb are the other names on the list. The chief minister has sent an official list of 17 ministers to be inducted into the cabinet to the governor, requesting him to administer the oath to them. With no clarity on who all were to be inducted into the ministry till Monday night, aspirants and the state BJP leadership were anxiously awaiting clear instructions from the party high command in Delhi. Amid pressure from within, the opposition Congress and the JD(S) too had hit out at the BJP over the delay in cabinet expansion and had even raised questions about government's "existence". The Congress had claimed that Yediyurappa's one-man cabinet administration "resembled the President's rule". Chandrayaan 2 successfully enters orbit around Moon  In a major milestone for India's Moon mission, the Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft successfully entered the lunar orbit on Tuesday. Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) maneuver was completed successfully at 0902 hours as planned, using the onboard propulsion system, the Bengaluru headquartered space agency said in a statement. "The duration of maneuver was 1,738 seconds. With this, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully inserted into a Lunar orbit," ISRO said. Following this, a series of orbit maneuvers will be performed on Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft to enable it to enter its final orbit passing over the lunar poles at a distance of about 100 km from the Moons surface, it said. 'Operation Lotus' should be handed over to CBI for thorough inquiry: Siddaramaiah ormer Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday made a veiled attack on the ruling dispensation in the state when he suggested that Operation Lotus should be handed over for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry. The opposition parties alleged that 'Operation Lotus' was the attempt by the BJP to form the government in the state by any means. On being asked about the phone-tapping case being handed over to the CBI by the Karnataka Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah said, "Yediyurappa has not said the truth. He said that on my request he has ordered a CBI enquiry in the phone-tapping case. But it is not true. What I said was that let there be an impartial enquiry. Whoever is involved in it, must be punished. I actually suggest that let Operation Lotus also be referred to CBI for a thorough inquiry." Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday said that the phone tapping case filed during the previous (HD Kumaraswamy) government will be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as many leaders have demanded a probe into the matter. People suffering from floods but K'taka govt focused on phone tapping case: Deve Gowda JDS chief HD Deve Gowda on Monday hit out at BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government for focussing on the phone-tapping case at a time when the people in the state were facing the wrath of the deluge. Former Karnataka chief minister, Deve Gowda's comments came a day after Yediyurappa announced that the phone tapping case filed during the previous government-led HD Kumaraswamy, will be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as many leaders have demanded a probe into the matter. "I have been the prime minister. I have never seen politics like this. People of flood-affected Karnataka are suffering and the state government wants to talk about the phone-tapping case," Deve Gowda said during a press conference here. Karnataka Cabinet to be expanded tomorrow: Yediyurappa The expansion of the Karnataka cabinet will take place on Tuesday and 13-14 ministers are likely to be inducted, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Monday. "The cabinet expansion will take place between 10:30 and 11:30 am tomorrow. I have already written a letter to the Governor in this regard. I have asked Chief Secretary to make all arrangements," he said. Bengaluru: Drunk driver hits 7 pedestrians in HSR Layout At least seven pedestrians were injured after a drunk driver drove his car onto a pavement here at HSR Layout locality on Sunday. Toll in flood hit Karnataka goes up to 76 Bengaluru, Aug 16 (PTI) The toll in rain related incidents in flood hit Karnataka went up to 76 on Sunday, with the recovery of 10 more bodies, while 10 persons are still classified as missing in the state, where relief and rehabilitation work is underway,officials said here on Sunday. The districts of north, coastal and Malnad regions were badly affected in the rains, floods and landslides in the last couple of weeks. Relief operations were being constantly monitored by the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary, officials said, adding that the Chief Secretary visited flood affected areas in Belagavi district to review relief operations. As many as 526 relief camps are operational as on Sunday, where clean drinking water, food and other relief materials were being provided to 2,20,906 people, they said. Officials said 103 taluks in 22 districts have been affected by floods and incessant rains in the past few days, resulting in loss of agriculture and horticulture crops on 6.9 lakh hectares and damage to 75,317 houses. In the past 24 hours ending 8 AM today, north Interior Karnataka received light to moderate rain while coastal and Malnad regions received moderate rains. There was heavy rain at isolated places, officials said. The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre said north interior Karnataka was likely to receive fairly widespread, moderate rains while isolated areas would receive heavy in the next two days Coastal and Malnad regions were most likely to receive moderate to heavy rains for the next two days, the centre said. Hope BJP K'taka won't use CBI to unleash political vendetta: Siddaramaiah Congress leader Siddaramaiah on Sunday welcomed Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's decision to handover the phone tapping case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), even as he expressed apprehension if the agency was going to be used to "unleash venomous political vendetta" as has allegedly been done before. Yediyurappa is right in handing over phone tapping case to CBI: Shahnawaz Hussain BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Sunday applauded Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa's decision to hand over the phone tapping case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Heavy rainfall likely in several districts of Karnataka: IMD Heavy rainfall is predicted during the next 24 hours at most places over coastal Karnataka and south interior Karnataka and at a few places over the north interior of the state, the IMD said on Sunday. Five students die of electric shock in Koppal Five students died due to an electric shock at a hostel here on Sunday. Ready for international-level probe: Kumaraswamy on phone tapping Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday said he was ready to face any investigation into the alleged phone tapping case which will now be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Siddaramaiah warns of protests if rice quantity is cut under Anna Bhagya scheme Senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah on August 17 warned of protests by his party if the BJP-led government in Karnataka meddled with the 'Anna Bhagya scheme of offering free rice to the poor. Claiming that there was a proposal to cut down the quantity of rice given under the pro-poor scheme, he wanted the state government not to tamper with it. "Poor people will not tolerate this move. Our party will also protest against this decision. We will fight against it inside and outside the assembly," the former Chief Minister said. ".. I learnt that the amount of rice given under Anna Bhagya scheme will be curtailed and funds will be diverted to the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Scheme... This decision is anti-poor," Siddaramaiah told reporters here. In 2013, the "Anna Bhagya" scheme was unveiled by then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. Its an ambitious initiative to supply 30 kg of rice at Re one to nearly one crore poor families across the state. CBI to probe phone tapping charges in Karnataka Days after charges of phone tapping during the previous coalition government headed by JDS surfaced, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said he will order a CBI probe into the allegations citing demands by several Congress leaders. "On the telephone tapping issue. Several leaders, including Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah, have said it should be probed and truth should come out, so I have decided to order a CBI probe. Tomorrow itself I will order the probe," Yediyurappa told reporters here. He also said it was the expectation of the people of the state that a detailed inquiry should be made and the culprits punished. Yediyurappa's announcement comes amid signs that the scandal is gaining political steam ever since disqualified JDS MLA A H Vishwanath, who served as the JDS state president and turned rebel later, last week dropped the political bomb, accusing the H D Kumarswamy government of tapping phones and spying on more than 300 leaders, including him. Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, M Mallikarjun Karnataka cabinet expansion on August 20 Having run the government with a one man cabinet RPT a one man cabinet for 22 days,Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa finally got the go-ahead on Saturday from BJP national president Amit Shah to undertake the exercise on August 20. "BJP legislative party meeting will be held on Tuesday at 10 AM at the conference hall, Vidhan Soudha. The cabinet expansion will take place on the same day post noon," the Chief Minister tweeted. Before leaving for Delhi on Thursday, Yediyurappa had said he would hold talks with the party president Amit Shah and finalise the much awaited expansion of his cabinet. BJP sources told PTI that there was a possibility that 13 ministers would take the oath Tuesday against the approved strength of 34 and that the rest of the positions would be filled later. SIT files chargesheet in Kalburgi case Ganesh Miskin, the hitman allegedly involved in the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, had also shot literatteur and researcher Dr M M Kalburgi dead in August 2015, according to the special investigation team (SIT). SIT, probing the case, stated this in a charge sheet it filed in the district court of Hubballi-Dharwad on Saturday. The other accused in the case were Amol Kale, Praveen Prakash Chatur, Vasudev Bhagavan Suryavamshi, Sharad Kalaskar and Amith Ramchandra Baddi, the SIT said in a press release. The gang was allegedly inspired by a book 'Kshatra Dharma Sadhana' brought out by the Sanatan Sanstha, a Hindu extremist group, the SIT said. Debt-ridden man kills pregnant wife, son and parents before shooting self In a suspected suicide pact, a man allegedly shot dead his pregnant wife, son and parents before shooting himself at Gundlupet in Chamarajnagar district in the early hours of Friday, police said. High alert continues in Karnataka, security beefed up Security arrangements across major towns and cities in Karnataka have been beefed up after a high alert was sounded on Friday. Advocate Usman new APCR chief, Adv Niyaz re-elected secretary The new office bearers of 'Association for Protection of Civil Rights' (APCR) Karnataka chapter were elected on Thursday, in which a senior Advocate of Karnataka High court, Usman P, was unanimously elected as the new president, whereas advocate Muhammed Niyaz was re-elected as the secretary. Amit Shah undertakes aerial survey of floot-hit areas Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Karnataka, where 31 people have lost their lives and more than four lakh have been displaced. Shah, also the BJP president, arrived by a special aircraft from Chennai at the Sambra Airport in Belagavi and set out on the survey of some of the affected areas onboard an army helicopter, official sources said. Siddaramaiah accuses Centre of ignoring Karnataka floods, seeks Rs 5,000 cr assistance BENGALURU: Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiahon Sunday accused the Central government of ignoring the flood situation in Karnataka and demanded an assistance of Rs 5,000 crore. "The Central government is still sleeping even after seeing the severity of floods and the damages due to floods. It should immediately declare this as a national disaster. Prime minister Narendra Modishould visit these places, conduct a scientific survey and release Rs 5,000 crore," Siddaramaiah said in a tweet. He also accused the Central government of giving Karnataka 'step-motherly treatment' and said that the funds released so far are not even sufficient for the first-aid. "Due to the ongoing flood situation, more than a lakh crore worth public and private assets have been destroyed. Roads, bridges, railway lines and many other things have washed away. It may take years to set it right," the tweet reads. "There should not be any politics in this distress situation. It will be very difficult for chief minister BS Yediyurappa to act alone and is quite impossible to ensure justice in all the departments. I urge him to immediately form the Cabinet and make ministers in-charge for each district," it added. Earlier today, the Congress leader held a press conference, where he slammed the Central government and Yediyurappa. "I don't know how Yediyurappa calls himself the chief minister when there is no Council of Ministers. In this kind of situation, you need a revenue minister, agriculture minister to take stock of the situation. Since there is no government, proper measures are not being taken," Siddaramaiah said. At least 24 people have lost their lives while around 1,024 villages in 80 talukas of 17 districts have been affected due to floods caused by incessant rains in the region. "Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the state yesterday. Union home minister Amit Shah is coming today, but the prime minister has not come yet. I demand that the Prime Minister visit the flood-affected areas and do an aerial survey," he said. Shah to conduct aerial survey of flood-hit Karnataka New Delhi: Four more people have died in rain-related incidents in Karnataka, taking the toll to 31 on Sunday as the flood situation remained grim in the state.  Union Home Minister Amit Shah will conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Belagavi district and Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will join him in the exercise.  An official release said the death toll has risen to 31 with four more deaths last night while 14 people were missing. As many as 3.14 lakh people have been evacuated and of them 2.18 lakh people are staying in 924 relief camps, it said.  "I am going to Belgaum (Belagavi). Our (BJP) national president Amit Shah is arriving there. Together we will conduct an aerial survey in Belgaum, Bagalkote and other areas. I will be back after he leaves for Delhi," Yediyurappa told reporters here.  The state government on Saturday declared 80 taluks in 17 districts flood affected and said relief and rescue operations will be carried out in a more focused manner in these places. Most of the Taluks are in Belagavi district which bore the brunt of nature's fury.  The government has assessed that 21,431 houses and crops in 4.16 lakh hectares had been damaged in the floods following heavy rains. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday conducted an aerial survey of the worst-affected Belagavi and Bagalkote districts.  In the wake of series of landslides, the national highway connecting Bengaluru and Mangaluru will remain closed at least till Monday, official sources said. They also said there was a slight reduction in the water level in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district.  The water level near Bantwal has reduced from 11 metres above the danger level to 9.1 metres above the danger level. The overflowing river waters inundated several areas in Bantwal with the affected people, including the family of former union minister Janardhana Pujari, being rescued.  Reports received here said Tungabhadra river in Ballari completely submerged a bridge near Hampi Fort, affecting road traffic between Kampli and Gangawati towns. Karnataka floods: FM Nirmala Sitharaman takes stock of flood situation in Belgaum Belgaum: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited the flood-affected areas in Belgaum here on Saturday to take stock of the situation. During the visit, Sitharaman visited the flood relief shelters in the region and met the people. She had arrived in Bangalore earlier today, from where she travelled to Belgaum. The BJP leader is a Rajya Sabha MP from Karnataka. Earlier today, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of people who lost their lives in the floods that have crippled the state. He also informed that 24 people have been killed while over two lakh have been evacuated from flood-affected areas across the state. Around 1024 villages in 80 taluks of 17 districts have been affected due to the floods caused by incessant rains in the region. Several teams of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Army and Navy are engaged in rescue operations across the state. Karnataka flood: Government pegs at loss at Rs 6,000 crore, 24 dead With no let-up in rains, the flood situation in Karnataka remained grim on Saturday as most of the rivers in the state were in spate. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa asked people of the state not to worry as relief measures were his government’s top priority. He also said the Centre was monitoring the situation. “Relief and rehabilitation work is our top priority. Farmers and people need not have to worry,” Yediyurappa told reporters here. So far 12 people have died in flood and rain-related incidents in the state. The Karnataka government has pegged the damage inflicted by torrential downpour and subsequent floods in the state at Rs 6000 crore even as the toll from various rain-related incidents stood at 24. Deve Gowda urge PM to declare Karnataka floods as national disaster of severe nature  JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Friday pressed the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the floods in Karnataka as a national disaster of severe nature. “Where are you Yediyurappa?”, HD Kumaraswamy counters social media campaign against his son Former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Wednesday slammed his successor B S Yediyurappa for his ‘absence’ when parts of the state are hit by floods as he sought to counter the social media campaign that mocked at his son Nikhil during the Lok Sabha polls. There are floods in many parts of Karnataka. I need to ask, Ellidiyappa Yediyurappa (Where are you Yediyurappa)? Those who ran the Whatsapp campaign Nikhil Ellidiyappa I want to ask them where is Yediyurappa,” he said. Apparently referring to Yeddyurappa’s two-day visit to New Delhi, Kumaraswamy tossed the question in the same fashion which was an irritant for the JD(S) first family. Kumaraswamy, who was unseated as the chief minister last month following rebellion by a group of MLAs of the then ruling coalition of Congress and his party JD(S), was addressing the party workers at the Palace Grounds here. Rs 5,000 cr needed for relief and rehab, says CM Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Thursday made a fervent appeal to the people to donate generously, saying at least Rs 5,000 crore would be required for relief and rehabilitation in flood-hit and rain-affected areas. In view of the flood situation in many parts of the State, Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murthy has donated Rs 10 crore for the CM Relief Fun Karnataka Floods: 9 Dead, 43,000 Evacuated Nearly 43,000 people have so far been evacuated from flood-hit and rain-affected areas of Karnataka, where the rain fury has left nine people dead, authorities said on Thursday. The worst-hit was Belagavi district, where six persons have lost their lives, while 40,180 people have been evacuated. Two persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttara Kannada district, from where 3,088 people have been evacuated till date, and one in Shivamogga, according to official figures. Nearly 17,000 people are taking shelter in relief camps. Chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa is currently camping in Belagavi supervising relief and rescue operations. On Thursday, he visited rain-affected Shivajinagar and Gandhinagar areas of Belagavi. “Releases from reservoirs are well coordinated and as per protocol to prevent inundation of downstream areas. The villages likely to be affected due to heavy discharge have been identified and necessary precautions taken”, an official statement said. A total of 43,858 people from affected districts in northern, coastal and Malnad regions have so far been evacuated by joint rescue teams comprising Fire and Emergency department, State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and Army, official sources said. District administrations are on high alert and are prepared to tackle any emergency arising out of heavy discharge from reservoirs, the statement said. “The flood situation is under control”, it said. Also read: Kolhapur Floods: 51,000 Affected, Navy Teams Mobilised While Belagavi, Bagalkote, Vijayapura, Raichur and Yadgir had been battered by the floods, torrential rains threw life out of gear in Udupi, Chikkamagaluru, Mangaluru, Kodagu, Hubballi-Dharwad, Karwar, Hassan and Shivamogga. Belagavi, Bagalkote and Yadgir bore the brunt of the heavy downpour and water released from dams on Krishna River and its tributaries. Government schools in Belagavi turned into rehabilitation centres where the flood-hit people shared their rooms with the livestock. Chikkamagaluru district too was badly hit by the torrential rain. The swollen Bhadra river completely submerged the Hebbale bridge that connects Horanadu. Aerial view of flooded parts of northern Karnataka. Photo: PTI The opposition Congress and JDS have accused the government of “inaction” in dealing with the flood situation. “Terrible floods in many parts of Karnataka. And CM is away politicking in Delhi”, former minister and Congress MLA, Krishna Byre Gowda, said. “No minister even to attend to flood problems,” he said. Also read: With Heavy Rainfall, Several Parts of Western India Flooded Former chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy questioned the ‘absence’ of chief minister B.S. Yedyiurappa from the state. “There are floods in many parts of Karnataka. I need to ask, Ellidiyappa Yediyurappa (Where are you Yediyurappa)?” he said at a meeting of JDS. The opposition party, headed by former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda, tweeted: “12 days since new Govt, BJP still hasn’t given Karnataka a cabinet. Government is missing”. Yediyurappa is the only minister in his council of ministers. Yediyurappa, who was in Delhi to finalise the cabinet formation with BJP central leadership, cut short his visit, returned to Bengaluru and later left for Belgagavi to take stock of the flood situation. Government sources rejected the charge of Congress and JDS. They noted that Yediyurappa had earlier this week conducted an aerial survey of the affected regions in North Karnataka. The chief minister has already instructed officials to take up relief and rescue measures on a war-footing, official sources said. 9 dead, 43,000 people evacuated as flood, rains hit Karnataka Nearly 43,000 people have so far been evacuated from flood-hit and rain-affected areas of Karnataka, where the rain fury has left nine people dead, authorities said on Thursday. Karnataka: Heavy rain damages paddy fields, areca plantations in Shivamogga Paddy fields and areca plantations have been damaged in Hindlumane village and other areas in Shivamogga's Hosanagara Taluk due to incessant rains in the region. Flood-like situations in Hubli, Haveri as rains continue to lash K'taka Unkal Lake in the city overflowed on Tuesday following heavy and incessant rainfall in the region, leading to a flood-like situation in Hubli and Haveri districts after water was discharged from Tungabhadra and Varada rivers. Malnad, north Karnataka experience widespread showers Showers poured more misery on the flood-hit Belagavi district. While the taluks in Krishna basin continued to battle deluge caused by heavy discharge from Maharashtra reservoirs, Belagavi city, Khanapur and surrounding areas on Monday were battered by incessant showers. We don't need any coalition now: H D Kumaraswamy In a blow to the Congress in Karnataka, former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said that JD (S) will fight the upcoming elections in the state on its own. Yediyurappa to hold talks with PM, BJP chief before Cabinet expansion: Jagadish Shettar Senior BJP leader Jagadish Shettar on Sunday said Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will discuss the formation of his Cabinet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah during his upcoming visit to Delhi. BJP govt won't last, elections may happen soon: HD Kumaraswamy to JD(S) workers Mandya: Hours after hinting that he may quit politics, HD Kumaraswamy predicted that Karnataka may soon go to polls as the present BJP government will not last for long. The former chief minister on Saturday also told workers of his party JD(S) that they must prepare for elections to the constituencies held by legislators who have been disqualified from the state assembly. "I am sure that this (Karnataka government) will not stay for long, elections may even happen on all 224 constituencies," Kumaraswamy said while addressing a meeting of JD (S) workers on Saturday. "In any case be prepared for elections very soon, it may happen on the 17 seats (of disqualified MLAs)," he said. BJP's BS Yediyurappa formed government in the state following collapse of the JD(S)-Congress combine after the resignation of their 17 legislators. As a result, Kumaraswamy's confidence motion was defeated, paving way for Yediyurappa to stake claim. Then Speaker of the House, KR Ramesh, later disqualified the rebels, thereby reducing the strength of Assembly. However, soon after Yediyurappa won the trust vote, Kumar stepped down from his post. Last week, 15 of the disqualified Congress-JD(S) MLAs moved the Supreme Court, seeking quashing of order barring them from the House. The petition, filed through advocate Shubhranshu Padhi, also sought setting aside of the Ramesh's July 28 order rejecting their resignations. 'He questioned my integrity': Shivakumar files defamation case against K’taka BJP MLA Bengaluru: Irked by "false and baseless allegations" by former Union Minister and BJP leader Basanagouda Patil Yatnal, Congress leader DK Shivakumar has filed a defamation suit of Rs 204 crore. Shivakumar has already paid a court fee of Rs 1,04,08,000. Talking about the petition filed against BJP MLA, Shivakumar said: "Yatnal alleged that I'm requesting Central Minister to help me in ED and IT cases against me. It has damaged my integrity. It has hurt me a lot." "I am a simple Congress legislator. I don’t do any backdoor politics or backstabbing. Today, when my integrity has been questioned, I have filed criminal and civil petitions in Kanakapura Court," he added. Following the defamation suit filed by Shivakumar at his home town Kanakapura, the Judge at Senior Civil Judge and JMFC court admitted the case and issued summon to Yatnal. The case will be taken up for hearing on September 18. Yatnal, while speaking to media persons at Vijayapura, issued a "damaging, image tarnishing and baseless statements against Shivakumar on June 23, he has been exerting pressure on national level BJP leaders and union BJP ministers to ensure that he is free from cases that are being probed by the Income Tax (IT) department and Enforcement Directorate (ED)," the defamation petition filed by Shivakumar stated. The petition further mentioned that Vijayapura said Shivakumar has "promised to remain neutral and not becoming a stumbling block in the formation of BJP government in Karnataka." "These statements have been beamed in electronic and print media too. These are baseless, false, irresponsible and irrelevant statements made by Yatnal. These remarks are passed with malafide intention to malign and to tarnish my public image. This has put a huge question mark on my loyalty, sincerity, integrity and image at party and public level," the petitioner stated. The Congress leader claimed, "The false and baseless statements mislead the investigating agencies and mislead the probe. Further, it is damaging to an extent that I am looked at with suspicion by Kanakapura Assembly constituency voters, Congress leaders, workers, and citizens of India in general and Karnataka in particular. It gives an impression that I am sacrificing the trust of people, leaders and voters for my personal and political gains. I have played a pivotal role in bringing Congress - JD(S) government to power." "With these baseless statements, I am branded as a person instrumental in destabilising and dethroning the coalition government. This has caused major damage to my reputation, image and my loyalty towards the party," Shivakumar stated in the petition. The petition also said these "irresponsible statements that I (Shivakumar) support to destabilise the coalition government are aimed at with devious intention to impede my political prosperity and growth and to put my image at stake in the eyes of leaders of Congress at the state level and Central level apart from coalition leaders." Shivakumar went on to mention in the petition that during his stint as Water Resources Minister, he undertook several official visits to Delhi. "These visits and meetings between June 12 and 19 were scheduled with a host of Union ministers to discuss conservation of water and drinking water projects. Water sharing issues and project implementation relating to Mahadayi, Mekedatu were discussed at length. It was my primary concern and duty too as a water resources minister to resolve the issues in the larger interest of public. My official visits with large public interest have been misinterpreted by Yatnal to put me in bad light in the eyes of leaders, public, voters and central leadership. This has caused mental agony and distressed me," he stated. In the light of "damage and distress" caused, Shivakumar said he approached the court, claiming damage of Rs 204 crore from Yatnal for his "irresponsible statements." Further, he sought permanent restrain from Yatnal about the "slanderous and maligning statement." Yediyurappa to meet Prime Minister on August 6 With his Cabinet yet to be constituted fully, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will be visiting Delhi for discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Mod on August 6. As per official schedule, he will also call on Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. He is also slated to meet union ministers and Members of Parliament (MPs) from Karnataka. Yediyurappa was sworn-in as the 25th chief minister of Karnataka on July 26, following the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) government after it lost the trust vote. However, his Cabinet is yet to be constituted. On July 29, he sailed through the confidence motion that was held through a voice vote in the state Assembly. 'I Became CM Accidentally': Kumaraswamy Hints at Leaving Politics Over Current Situation in Karnataka  Over a week after his coalition government collapsed, former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Saturday said he wants to "step back" from politics and termed his entry into the field accidental. Expressing unhappiness over the current state of politics, the Janata Dal (Secular) leader said it was not good for people as it was dominated by hatred and caste. CM to officials: Let’s work, don’t take leave for next 3 months Bengaluru: To accelerate the functioning of the government machinery, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has directed  officials not to take leave for the next three months. After chairing a review meeting with divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners and chief executive officers of ZPs, the CM told media persons that he has instructed officials to oversee drought relief work without taking leave and also work on all Saturdays and Sundays for the next three months. Officials must ensure payment of compensation to the family of farmers who commit suicide without any delay after examining each case, said the CM adding that they should also encourage fodder production. “I have suggested that they purchase fodder from farmers at a cost of Rs 4,000 per tonne,” Mr Yediyurappa said. The CM also said that necessary action has been taken to fill water at 10 barrages across the Krishna river from Almatti and Narayanapur dams to meet water scarcity. He directed officials to streamline rice supply under the Anna Bhagya scheme and prevent any irregularities and also take stern action against those who misuse funds released under the Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. “I have directed officials to bring up project proposals pending with the Centre so that I can take them up with Union ministers during my visit to Delhi next week,” the CM added. K'taka farmers to soon get Rs 2,000 under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana The Karnataka government on Friday announced that it will soon deposit the first instalment of an additional sum of Rs 2,000 under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana in the bank accounts of farmers. "As many as 43.75 lakh declarations of farmers have been sent to Government of India under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. Out of this, Rs 634.50 crore has been credited to 31.72 lakh eligible farmers' accounts directly with Rs 6,000 each. Government of Karnataka will soon release Rs 2,000 as the first instalment to the accounts of these beneficiaries," Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said. As the drought condition in the state is severe, Yediyurappa directed the officials to take up relief work like drinking water, fodder supply, employment guarantee schemes on a war footing. To encourage fodder growing in farmers' lands, the Chief Minister suggested officials to purchase fodder grown by farmers at a cost of Rs 4,000 per ton, which is currently being purchased at Rs 3,000 per ton. Since water conservation is the prime need of the hour, and Yediyurappa directed officials to take up check dam construction in a massive way in the state. Steps have been taken to take up fill water at 10 barrages across Krishna river from Allamatti and Narayanapur Dams to meet water scarcity. He also suggested officials to streamline food supply under the Anna Bhagya scheme and check irregularities. Efforts are being made to streamline the administrative machinery and initiate stern action against officials who do not properly respond to public grievances. The DCs and CEOs are told to visit every taluka at least once in 15 days and attend to public grievances. He directed senior officers including Chief Secretary to visit districts. Chief Secretary will visit districts once in a month and secretaries will visit districts at least two times in a month and review progress and inspect works, he said. Kumaraswamy preparing pitch for son to contest polls from KR Pete After failing to secure his government in the state, former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy is now planning to field his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy for Krishnaraja Pete assembly constituency's by-poll. The JDS leader is trying to strengthen his party in the Mysore region. In the recent Lok Sabha elections, his son Nikhil was defeated from Mandya despite having a stronghold with seven MLAs in the region. Narayana Gowda, who was the MLA from KR Pete constituency, was disqualified by former speaker Ramesh Kumar and now Congress and JDS are preparing for the by-poll. Disqualified K'tka MLA meets Yediyurappa, says have full faith in CM Bengaluru: Dr K Sudhakar, one of the MLAs who were recently disqualified from Karnataka assembly after they resigned from Congress met with state Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday and stated that he has faith in the latter that he will release grants for pending programs. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, MLA Sudhakar said, "As I was absent on the day of Chief Minister's oath-taking ceremony, I couldn't congratulate him. I have come today to congratulate the CM." "The purpose of my visit today is to discuss pending development programs in Chikkaballapur. I have full faith in the CM that he will consider my request regarding the pending programs and release grants", he added. Earlier on August 1, 15 disqualified Congress-JD(S) MLAs moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of erstwhile Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar's order disqualifying them for the term of the present Assembly. The petition, filed through advocate Shubhranshu Padhi, also sought setting aside of the Ramesh's July 28 order rejecting their resignations. In their petition, the disqualified MLAs termed the then Speaker's decision as "wholly illegal, arbitrary and mala fide". They also submitted that their resignations were "voluntary and genuine".  Govt to withdraw cases against Hindu activists? The state government is said to have discussed withdrawing cases filed against Hindu activists, following petitions by two BJP legislators urging Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to do so. Bengaluru: Bhaskar Rao appointed as ADGP and Commissioner of Police In a major reshuffle of IPS officers in Karnataka, Bhaskar Rao has been appointed as the Additional General of Police (ADGP) and Commissioner of Bengaluru city Police here on Friday. 'SC asked Speaker to expedite resignation letters of rebel MLAs, not suspend them' Hitting out at former Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, former deputy chief minister of Karnataka and BJP MLA from Shimoga KS Eshwarappa on Thursday said the Supreme Court had directed Kumar to expedite resignation letters of the rebel MLAs, not to suspend them. Karnataka: Vishweshar Hegde elected Karnataka assembly speaker Karnataka BJP MLA Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri was elected as the speaker of Karnataka legislative assembly on Wednesday. He had filed his nomination for the post of the assembly speaker on Tuesday. Kageri, who represents the Sirsi constituency was accompanied by chief minister B S Yediyurappa and other senior party leaders during filing of nomination. The six-time MLA has also in past held the charge of Karnataka's education minister. He began his political career with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and was elected to the assembly for the first time from the Ankola constituency in 1994, which he represented thrice till 2008. After the delimitation of constituencies in Karnataka, he shifted to Sirsi and won from the seat in 2008, 2013 and 2018. Kageri has succeeded K R Ramesh Kumar, who resigned shortly after the BJP won the trust motion in the assembly on Monday. Mangaluru: Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha's body found The body of Cafe Coffee Day founder V G Siddhartha, who had gone missing, was found on Wednesday in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka after 36 hours of intense search, officials said. Shivakumar demands probe in Siddhartha missing case Hinting at a possibility of kidnapping, senior Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar on Tuesday demanded an investigation in founder-owner of Cafe Coffee Day V G Siddhartha missing case. BJP govt in Karnataka scraps 'Tipu Jayanti' celebrations The BJP government in Karnataka on Tuesday cancelled the annual birth anniversary celebrations of the controversial 18th century ruler of the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom, Tipu Sultan, being organised since 2015. Missing CCD founder : Coast Guard, NDRF roped in for massive search operation A massive search operation involving eight teams of police forces along with the Coast Guard and NDRF have been pressed into the search operation to locate the Cafe Coffee Day founder-owner, V G Siddhartha. I gave it my all, sorry to let down people: CCD owner's letter to board A letter written by founder-owner of the popular coffee chain, Cafe Coffee Day, V G Siddhartha surfaced on Tuesday in which he has apologised to people who "put their trust" in him and said he failed to create the right profitable business model despite his best efforts. Bengaluru: CM Yediyurappa, Shivakumar visit SM Krishna whose son-in-law goes missing A slew of senior leaders including state Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Congress leader D K Shivakumar visited the house of former state chief minister S M Krishna here early Tuesday morning, hours after Krishna's son-in-law went missing. After K'taka trust vote victory, Yeddy's next focus on cabinet expansion With Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa proving majority on the floor of Assembly on Monday, the next focus is on cabinet expansion, likely to be completed by this weekend, senior BJP leaders said. Coffee Day Enterprises shares crack 20 pc after Chairman goes missing Shares of Coffee Day Enterprises Ltd dropped 20 per cent on Tuesday after news surfaced that its Chairman and Managing Director V G Siddhartha has gone missing. 'Fought for long time... today I give up,' writes CCD boss Siddhartha in letter A letter written by founder-owner of the popular coffee chain, Cafe Coffee Day, V G Siddhartha surfaced on Tuesday in which he has apologised to people who "put their trust" in him and said he failed to create the right profitable business model despite his best efforts. Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa wins floor test The three-day old Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Karnataka headed by BS Yediyurappa on July 29 proved its majority in the truncated state Assembly winning the confidence motion by a voice vote in a smooth affair. Cafe Coffee Day owner VG Siddhartha goes missing in Mangaluru, search operation underway VG Siddhartha, the founder-owner of Indian cafe chain, Cafe Coffee Day (CCD), has gone missing near Netravati river in Mangaluru. Yediyurappa says ‘confident of proving majority’ ahead of trust vote today Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday had said that he would move the confidence motion in the Vidhana Soudha on Monday. He was briefing media persons after presiding over the BJP’s Legislative Party meeting here. Speaker disqualifies 14 more rebel MLAs ahead of trust vote on Monday Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs under the anti-defection law, an action that reduces the majority mark in the assembly and paves the way for the newly formed BJP government to win the trust vote smoothly on Monday. Future of Congress-JDS alliance to depend on high command, says HD Deve Gowda Janata Dal (Secular) patriarch HD Deve Gowda on Sunday said the future of his party's alliance with Congress would depend on the decision of the high command of the grand old party, based on the advice of their Karnataka leadership. Ahead of Karnataka trust vote, 5 disqualified Congress MLAs return to Bengaluru Five rebel Congress MLAs, who were disqualified by Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, arrived here from Mumbai in the early hours of Monday, ahead of the trust vote by the BS Yediyurappa government. 100 per cent will prove my majority, says a confident Yediyurappa ahead of trust vote A day ahead of seeking the trust vote in the Karnataka assembly, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday expressed confidence about proving the majority. 14 Karnataka MLAs to challenge their disqualification in Supreme Court All the 14 Karnataka rebel legislators, who were disqualified by Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Sunday for defying their party whips to attend the House on July 23, said they would challenge the Speaker's decision in the Supreme Court on Monday. Karnataka assembly speaker disqualifies all rebel MLAs Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs under the anti-defection act till the end of the current term of the assembly in 2023. Yediyurappa asks departmental heads to put on hold orders issued by Kumaraswamy in July Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has instructed heads of all departments to put on hold orders relating to new projects that were issued in the current month by the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government until further review. Yediyurappa sworn in as Karnataka CM Karnataka BJP president B S Yediyurappa was sworn in as Chief Minister of the state for the fourth time on Friday. Yeddyurappa to meet Governor, request for swearing-in to be held today Three days after the Congress-JD (S) coalition government fell after losing the trust vote, BJP's Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa on Friday said he is going to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake claim to form the government today. Rebel Karnataka MLA Shivaram Hebbar says wont support Siddaramaiah anymore With the Congress-JD(S) coalition government collapsing in Karnataka, rebel MLAs Shivaram Hebbar, who returned to his constituency of Yellapur on Thursday said they will no more support senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah. SC allows two Independent Karnataka MLAs to withdraw plea for floor test The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed two Independent MLAs from Karnataka to withdraw their plea seeking a direction to state assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to conduct "forthwith" floor test on a trust motion moved by the H D Kumaraswamy government. Didn't instigate rebel Karnataka MLAs to resign: Former CM Siddaramaiah Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday rubbished reports he had instigated the rebels to resign and destabilise the coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy. Speaker Disqualifies 3 Rebel Lawmakers Who Deserted Karnataka Government Three of the 17 lawmakers responsible for bringing down the coalition government of the Congress and HD Kumaraswamy's Janata Dal Secular have been disqualified by Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. Two of them -- Ramesh Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathahalli -- belonged to the Congress and had resigned earlier this month. The other, R Shankar, the legislator from Ranebennur, is one of the two Independents who supported the government but switched sides. Still going through resignations: K'taka Speaker on rebel MLAs Bengaluru:  Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Thursday said that he is still looking into the resignations submitted by rebel MLAs belonging to Congress and JD(S). "I cannot discuss the judicial proceedings with the media but I am still going through the resignations. I respect Supreme Court very much. They have given me the discretion and I will live up to their expectations," he said. ​​​​​​​Answering a question on the criteria under which the resignations will be accepted, the Speaker said that it is all laid down in the law and accordingly the decision will be taken. "I don't know. The trust vote has been put (to vote) and with the rest, I have nothing to do with it," he said on senior Karnataka BJP leaders meeting Home Minister Amit Shah today in Delhi. A Karnataka BJP delegation met with Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi to discuss the future course of action in Karnataka. Among those present at the meeting were Jagadish Shettar, Basavaraj Bommai, Arvind Limbavali and J C Madhuswamy. Speaking to ANI before going for the meeting, senior BJP leader Aravind Limbavali said, "We are here to take guidance from the central leadership for the formation of the new government. We will discuss the strategies and an action plan." The Congress-JD(S) coalition government fell on Tuesday as it lost the trust vote in the Assembly. Following the defeat, Kumaraswamy submitted his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhavan, along with his cabinet ministers. The defeat marked the end of an uneasy coalition that was formed after the assembly polls on May 23, 2018, which returned a hung verdict after three main parties in the state- Congress, BJP and the JD (S) contested against each other in the polls. Siddu rejects any role in bringing down coalition govt Bengaluru: Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday rubbished reports he had instigated the rebels to resign and destabilise the coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy.  Cautioning media houses against peddling "false news", Siddaramaiah said he would give them a befitting reply if they repeat the allegation in front of him. In a series of tweets, the Congress strongman in Karnataka said the rebels were trying to "shift the blame on me but the facts would surface once the dust settles." "Media houses are reporting that few rebel MLAs have claimed that I instigated them to resign and destabilise our government. This is nothing but a false allegation with malafide intention. I will give them a befitting reply if they repeat the same in front of me," Siddaramaiah said. He said, "The rebel MLAs are trying to shift the blame on me after a widespread public backlash against them for betraying and back-stabbing both the electorate and the party. Everything will be clear when the dust settles but by then they would have bitten the dust." Recalling his days as chief minister, Siddaramaiah said there were many baseless allegations against him - "a venom he digested to serve people with good intent." "Time will answer everything! Satyameva Jayathe!!" Siddaramaiah said. As the coordination committee chairman of the coalition government, Siddaramaiah was charged with not letting the JDS and the Congress state presidents be part of the penal led by him. The JDS state president-turned-rebel MLA A H Vishwanath had been targeting Siddaramaiah for not bringing out the common minimum programme as agreed upon by the two parties at the time of forming the coalition government. Vishwanath had also charged him with betraying JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda by making him trust the Congress during the Lok Sabha election and then working for his defeat from the Tumkur constituency at the fag end of his political career at the age of 87. No one can give stable govt in present circumstances, says Kumaraswamy Bengaluru: Karnataka caretaker Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said on Thursday that no one can give a stable government in the state in the present political scene after the fall of his ministry two days ago. Kumaraswamy said the resignations by the rebel MLAs of the Congress-JDS coalition had pushed the state towards by-elections. "Whether you focus on the developmental activities or the by-elections at 20 to 25 places, an atmosphere created by theBJP? We cannot assume that the government will remain stableeven after the elections," Kumaraswamy told reporters. The Kumaraswamy government was reduced to a minority in the critical trial of strength in the assembly on July 23, when the confidence motion moved by him was defeated with 99 voting in favour of it and 105 against, ending a three-week long high-voltage political drama. Kumaraswamy, who was speaking to reporters after meeting senior Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy, said he expressed his gratitude to him for having withdrawn his resignation to support the coalition government. He said Reddy has shown his commitment to Congress. Reddy was among the 16 coalition legislators who had resigned their assembly membership, but he later retraced his step and voted for the government. Treading cautiously, the BJP is yet to stake claim to form the government as the final word on the number game has not been said yet with the Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar still to decide on both the resignations of the rebels and pleas for their disqualification. Karnataka may head for spell of President's rule Karnataka may have a spell of President's rule till its Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar decides on the resignations of the 15 rebel legislators of the Congress and JD-S, as the BJP is not in a hurry to stake claim to form a government amid uncertainty, a party official said on Thursday. BJP's 'brazen horse-trading' led to fall of Karnataka govt: Sitaram Yechury CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has alleged that "brazen horse-trading" and "misuse of power" by the BJP has led to the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka. BJP carried out heinous horse-trading: Cong on Karnataka govt fall After its coalition government with the JD(S) in Karnataka collapsed, the Congress on Tuesday accused the BJP of carrying out "one of the most heinous" horse-trading the country has ever seen and said that it will hold nationwide protests against the "immoral political destabilisation". 2 Independent Karnataka MLAs move SC to withdraw plea seeking floor test Two Karnataka Independent MLAs on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to allow them to withdraw their plea seeking its direction to the state assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to conduct "forthwith" floor test on a trust motion moved by the H D Kumaraswamy government. With BJP to form govt in Karnataka, Yeddyurappa set to be CM for fourth time The exit of Congress-JD (S) coalition government in Karnataka has paved way for the BJP into power corridors of the state. Following this win its state unit president BS Yeddyurappa is likely to stake claim to form the government, if accomplished, it would be his fourth stint as Chief Minister of the State. The 76-year-old Yeddyurappa first took over as the chief minister of Karnataka in 2007, but could not hold on to the post for mere seven days after the JD(S) withdrew support and the President's rule was imposed in the state. He again made way to the coveted post in 2008 but again owing to corruption charges failed to complete a full term. During his second term, he held the post from May 2008 to July 2011. He had to resign following the accusations of corruption charges in illegal land deregulation notification scam. Thereafter in 2012, he formed a new party "Karnataka Praja Paksha" but rejoined the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in which he got elected from Shimoga Lok Sabha constituency. In 2018, the BJP veteran again jostled his way to the top post in the state but could not rule the state more than a week as his party failed to garner majority. Right after the defeat of the Congress-JD(S) government in the trust vote in the Assembly on Tuesday, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy proceeded to the Raj Bhavan and submitted his resignation to the Governor Vajubhai Vala. Vala accepted Kumaraswamy's resignation and asked him to continue as the caretaker Chief Minister till the new government takes over. The confidence motion moved by Kumaraswamy got 99 votes as against 105 of the opposition leading to its defeat. This brought an end to the 12-day high-voltage political drama which had begun in the state with the resignation of over a dozen rebel MLAs to Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar. Union Minister Pralhad Joshi on Tuesday said BJP will stake claim to form the government in Karnataka after taking guidance from the central leadership. The defeat marks the end of an uneasy coalition that was formed after the assembly polls on May 23, 2018, which returned a hung verdict after three main parties in the state- Congress, BJP and the JD (S) fought each other in the polls. There were differences between the coalition partners that often came to the surface but they carried on against the threat of BJP. BSP expels lone K'taka MLA for abstaining from trust vote The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Tuesday expelled its lone MLA from Karnataka N Mahesh for abstaining from voting on the trust motion, despite being directed by the party high command to vote in favour of the Congress-JD(S) coalition. "Despite directions from party high command to vote in favour of HD Kumaraswamy, BSP MLA N Mahesh did not attend the trust vote and violated directions, which is an act of indiscipline. Party has taken this seriously and expelled him with immediate effect," BSP supremo Mayawati tweeted. Those who have fallen for 'Operation Kamala' will never be inducted back to Cong: Siddarmaiah Bengaluru:  Soon after losing 'vote of confidence' in the Assembly, senior Congress leader Siddarmaiah said that those who have fallen for 'Operation Kamala' will never be inducted back to the party. "I would like to reaffirm that those who have fallen for 'Operation Kamala' will never be inducted back to our party. Even if the sky is falling down!!" Siddarmaiah wrote on Twitter. ​​​​​​​The Congress JD(S) coalition government was defeated on the floor of the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday night. The confidence motion moved by outgoing chief minister Kumaraswamy got 99 votes as against 105 of the opposition. Earlier in the day, Siddaramaiah accused the BJP government of attempting to topple the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition using bribery and "wholesale trade" of rebel MLAs.Speaking in the proceeding in the Karnataka Assembly over the motion of confidence moved by chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah had said, "This wholesale trade is a problem. If there is retail trade of one or two members then it's not a problem. The MLAs (rebel) who have gone have indulged in wholesale trade.""Rs 25 crore, 30 crore, 50 crore were offered, where is this money coming from?", Siddaramaiah questioned.He further said that the rebel MLAs will be disqualified. "Their political 'samadhi' will be built. Whoever defected since 2013 lost. The same fate awaits those who have resigned this time. It should happen," the Congress leader said. Kumaraswamy submits resignation to Governor Bengaluru, July 23 (PTI) Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Tuesday submitted his resignation to Governor Vajubhai Vala shortly after losing the confidence motion in the Assembly. Soon after the outcome, Kumaraswamy drove to the Raj Bhavan along with deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and other senior colleagues and handed over the resignation, officials said. "I hereby tender my resignation to the post of chief minister of Karnataka along with my cabinet and I request you to kindly accept the same. I take this opportunity to extend grateful thanks for the cooperation given to me and my colleagues during the tenure," the letter said. In his letter to Kumaraswamy, the Governor said, "I have accepted the resignation tendered by you with immediate effect. Until alternate arrangements are made, kindly continue as caretaker Chief Minister. It is needless to state that no executive decisions should be taken during this period." The confidence motion moved by Kumaraswamy was defeated with 99 voting in favour and 105 against it. Kumaraswamy loses trust vote; Karnataka govt falls Bengaluru: ​​​​​​​Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy lost trust vote on Tuesday, ending days of political uncertainty that has been rocking the state. He lost the vote 105 to 99. All coalition legislators voted for the state government and all Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs voted against. There was no cross voting.  In an emotional speech just before his government faces the vote after resignations of 15 rebel MLAs in the Congress and Janata Dal Secular coalition left the government struggling to hold on to power, Kumaraswamy, who took over as chief minister in May last year after a hurriedly patched up alliance with once-rivals Congress, said he would be happy to give up his position.  "I am ready to give up this position with happiness," he said. "I am not going to run away after speech. We will go for vote and let the votes be counted," he told the House.  Kumarswamy also addressed charges of deliberately delaying the trust saying that he "had no intention to drag" it.  "I apologise to Speaker and people of the state," he said. "My government is not 'shameless'," Kumaraswamy told the House, saying he was hurt by the allegations against him. He said in the speech that he had sincerely worked for the state, but that the past year had been "difficult", especially given that there was a perception that the state government was shaky.      "When the assembly polls (2018) results were out, I had plans to quit politics," he told the House. "My political entry itself was all of a sudden and unexpected." He also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party should not state claim to form government unless they could prove that they had majority in the House.   The session also saw Speaker KR Ramesh's passionate defence of his actions after the rebels resigned. The Speaker, who has been accused of being partisan and deliberately holding off his decision over the rebels' resignation, said he had his resignation in his pocket and asked for the piece of paper to be showed to BS Yeddyuarappa.  "I had kept my resignation ready in my pocket and came to the Assembly not knowing what will happen today," he said.  Meanwhile, Section 144 was issued in several parts of the city on Monday after clashes were reported between Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party. Television channels reported that several Congress and BJP workers were detained.  ANI quoted Bengaluru Police Commissioner Alok Kumar as saying on Tuesday: "We are imposing Section 144 across the city today and tomorrow. All pubs, wine shops will be closed till 25th. Anyone found violating these rules will be punished". Reports said that the clashes were over two independent legislators, and took place outside the guest house where they were staying.    The constitutional crisis was precipitated after 16 MLAs—13 from the Congress and three from JDS—resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh withdrew their support to the coalition government, pushing the government to the precipice.  Cong,BJP face off at apartment,Section 144 imposed in Bengaluru High drama prevailed at an apartment here as Congress and BJP workers rushed there following reports about the alleged presence of two independent MLAs who withdrew support to thecoalition government and aligned with the BJP. Amid the political turmoil, police imposed prohibitory orders in the city under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) (prevents assembly of five or more people at one spot) and banned sale of liquor from 6 pm Tuesday to 6 am on Thursday. The development came even as the Karnataka Assembly was meeting at the Vidhan Soudha, the state Secretariat, ahead of an expected trust vote in the House to decide the fate of the Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition government, which has been tottering after the resignations of 16 MLAs two weeks ago. I am ready to happily sacrifice my position; Kumaraswamy Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Tuesday said he was ready to "sacrifice" his post happily, as he replied to the confidence motion debate in the assembly. "I am ready to happily sacrifice this position," Kumaraswamy said after the assembly debated the confidence motion for four days. He also said he had no intention to drag the trust vote and added, "I apologise to the Speaker and the people of the state." BJP accuses Kumaraswamy of wasting tax payers' money Bengaluru:  The BJP on Tuesday accused Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, battling a major political crisis threatening his government, of "wasting" the tax payers money to the last second using his position. As there was delay in Kumaraswamy's presence in the state assembly, debating on the confidence motion moved by him on Friday, the BJP took the Twitter to send him a message. "Session for #KarnatakaTrustVote has begun. 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," the tweet said. Kumaraswamy was locked in hectic parleys with Congress' troubleshooter D K Shivakumar and a few others to find a way out of the crisis triggered by resignations by 15 MLAs of ruling coalition - 12 from Congress and three from the JD(S). Assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Monday night had announced the voting will have to take place by 6 pm Tuesday under any circumstances, saying the proceedings should not be prolonged and he should not be made a "scapegoat." Kumaraswamy's government will slip into minority if the MLAs did not turn up Tuesday or their resignations were accepted by the speaker. As the debate on the confidence motion prolonged to the fourth day, former deputy chief minister K S Eshwarappa asked the Speaker, in a tweet, to have discussion other than 'There are many to speak in the House', 'Give us a chance too' and 'it's getting late in the evening, let us go home'. Eshwarappa was apparently referring to the reasons given by the ruling coalition members for seeking deferment of the trust vote. Rebel MLAs should come to Assembly: Congress in K'taka Assembly Bengaluru: The Congress on Wednesday demanded that the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs should come to the Assembly and participate in the proceedings on the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. "We have said we will finish this by 6 pm. We don't know why the rebels resigned. They have to come to the session. But this has happened because of the BJP. They resign and go by a special flight. If they have any problems with the government then "I ask them why they are not with the people in their constituencies. Why are they in Mumbai? Why are they sending WhatsApp videos? This is all because BJP wants to come to power," Congress MLA U T Khader said in speech as the House resumed the discussion on the confidence motion. "BJP is on its toes to rule the state, run the government but they will have to wait. There was no majority by the people's mandate. Hence a coalition was the only choice," he said. Countering this, senior BJP leader K S Eshwarappa said the session should be not be held according to the whims of the MLAs "Should the MLAs come when the session is called or should the session be held according to the whims of the MLAs? If the Chief Minister cannot come then what can we expect from others? They don't come on time but come at 4 pm they will start demanding to be given time. I have never seen something like this," Eshwarappa said. "There are many newcomers in our ranks as well. We have never seen this. Our leaders have told us clearly that we shouldn't speak at all. But I'm speaking now because they refuse to come to discuss. Even when the Speaker is sitting here and 105 MLAs are sitting here, the treasury benches are empty. This has never happened," he said. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court deferred hearing for tomorrow in a petition moved by two Independent legislators in Karnataka seeking a direction to conclude the floor test. The hearing was deferred after Speaker told the apex court that the trust vote will be completed by today. The Congress-JDS government slumped into a minority earlier this month following the resignation of several dissident MLAs. Sixteen MLAs from the ruling coalition including thirteen Congress and three JD(S) MLAs have resigned. The state Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113. Yeddyurappa, Siddaramaiah in wordy duel over whip Bengaluru: Congress leader Siddaramaiah and Leader of the opposition B S Yeddyurappa of BJP were locked in a wordy duel in the Karnataka assembly on Tuesday over the fate of whip issued to the rebel MLAs whose resignation has threatened the continuity of the coalition government. During the resumed debate on motion of confidence moved by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, Yeddyurappa told Siddaramaiah, the Congress Legislature Party leader, that the whip he has issued against the rebel MLAs has no value. "My understanding of law is that the Supreme Court has given protection to the (rebel) MLAs from the whip. They cannot be compelled to attend the assembly proceedings. Whether you agree with me or not but your whip has no value," the BJP veteran told Siddaramaih. However, Siddaramaiah countered him saying the apex court has not barred him from issuing whip and the Speaker of the assembly has upheld his right. "Supreme court has not told me not to issue whip. I have got every right to issue whip under the Constitution. It has been upheld by the Speaker," he said. He also said the 10th Schedule of the Constitution dealing with disqualification on ground of defection has made it clear that not only the violation of a whip but also indulging in anti-party activities could invite disqualification of the MLAs. The argument broke when Water Resources Minister D K Shivakumar was addressing the House. Shivakumar reminded Yeddyurappa about his reported statement in Ballari that byelections should not take place and those who resign to circumvent defection should be barred from contesting elections for 10 years. "BJP has got a big strength after the Lok Sabha election. Come on, this is the time. Put an end to this system (defections)," Shivakumar told the BJP leader. Kumaraswamy and state Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao have sought a clarification from Supreme Court on its July 17 order by which the 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs were granted relief that they cannot be compelled to participate in the ongoing assembly proceedings. Not BJP, rebels in Mumbai backstabbed me: Shivakumar Bengaluru: Karnataka Minister and Congress' chief trouble shooter, D K Shivakumar, on Tuesday said that rebel MLAs staying in Mumbai have backstabbed them, not the BJP, and warned the saffron party that it will be its turn next. "It's not BJP leaders who have backstabbed me but it's the rebels in Mumbai who have backstabbed me. But do not worry, they will do the same to all of you. They cannot become ministers I am telling you. BJP leaders are being misguided. I went to Mumbai to speak to them (rebel MLAs). I spoke to one of the MLAs there and he asked me to come and take him away," he said participating in the discussion on the confidence motion moved by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. "We are angry because of the backstabbing by the rebels. It will happen to you as well... You are misguiding them. It is the 11th day (related to funeral rites) and we have to have a flower procession. I'm sad about that," he said. The Congress leader said that prohibitory orders were issued and he was not allowed to rebels MLAs inside the hotel in Mumbai. "I worked with them for 40 years. Am I a dacoit? Couldn't I have locked them in my house when I tore their resignations?" he asked. Shivakumar said that BJP Karnataka chief B S Yeddyurappa has failed six times and now is he close to succeeding. "Yeddyurappa said long ago that those who are responsible for by-elections should be barred from contesting for 10 years. He argued that there should be a law to this effect. Narendra Modi has got a mandate and we have no problem with that. But you are the leader of this party. Come on!" the Congress leader said. "This is the time, put a stop to this. Let us bring an end to this! I appreciate Yeddyurappa's perseverance. He failed six times and now he looks close to succeeding. But I don't know how those rebels will become ministers," he said. Commenting on rebel Congress legislator M T B Nagaraj, Shivakumar said that he was the reason Nagaraj got the MLA ticket in elections. "I was the reason M T B Nagaraj got a ticket. We spoke to him and he gave a statement as well. Couldn't we have locked them up? No, because we have trust in them....bring them here, let them vote against this government," he said "I tore the resignations of the MLAs. Yes, I'm ready to accept it. I've been a part of many MLAs' victory," the Congress leader said. BJP MLA Jagadish Shettar accused Shivakumar of diverting the attention of the House since the Speaker has set the deadline of trust vote today. "DKS is trying to divert house's attention from the point of order and also divert the rebels' attention in Mumbai," he said. Responding to Shettar's comment, former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that Shivakumar is expressing his pain and accused BJP of misleading the house. "Shettar says Shivakumar is misleading the house. But the resignations haven't been accepted. The Supreme Court has said they won't fetter the Speaker. It's not Shivakumar but the BJP that has misled. He is only pleading with them to rectify their mistake, don't unnecessarily fall into the trap they've laid. This is not a violation of anything," he said. "The court order on compulsion is there but X Schedule is in existence, it hasn't been amended. This is why the Speaker clarified that I have right to issue whip and I've already done it. Nobody is above the Constitution; everything has to function in accordance with it. It is the basis. So the question of violation doesn't arise at all and nobody can kill and even the SC cannot overrule it. We gave the rebels ticket and Shivakumar is expressing the pain that they are being misled," Siddaramaih said. Yeddyurappa said that Congress-JD(S) cannot go against the apex court's order and rebel MLAs cannot be compelled to come to the house. "In the Supreme Court, the counsel for the government has assured the court that the vote will happen today. Secondly, Siddaramaiah is very knowledgeable about the law but when the Supreme Court says the MLAs can't be compelled you cannot go against it. Besides, the rebels have resubmitted their resignations," he said. BJP indulged in "wholesale" trade of MLAs: Siddaramaiah Bengaluru:  Congress leader Siddaramaiah Tuesday accused the BJP of trying to topple the H D Kumaraswamy government and come to power through backdoor using bribery and "whosesale" trade of MLAs. Speaking during the debate on the confidence votion moved by Kumaraswamy in the assembly, Siddaramaiah alleged that "Rs 20,25 and 30 crore" were offered to lure the MLAs and asked "Where did this money come from?" "It is a black mark on political history in the State," Siddaramaiah, who is the chairman of the Congress-JDS coalition coordination committee and leader of Congress Legislature Party, said. Siddaramaiah said, "everyone... 99 per cent of the people know that BJP is behind this (toppling game). Say it openly."  "If you feel that you will come to power by murdering democracy, it will backfire on you. If at all Yeddyurappa forms the government, you will be there for six months or one year," Siddaramaiah told the BJP leader. Stating that 15 MLAs resigning was nothing but "wholesale trade," he said, "no democratically elected government can survive with such wholesale trade."  He said BJP with 105 MLAs should have worked as a strong opposition but by using wrong means was attempting to form the government through the backdoor. "This is condemnable. Defection is a disease and it needs to be controlled."  "Any layman can draw the inference that BJP is behind the defections. People of the state will not forgive you.You will know in the next election," Siddaramaiah told the BJP. Karnataka govt transfers 2 officers to 1 PWD post in Karwar The outgoing (incharge) executive engineer in the public works department (PWD) here is in a dilemma. The government has simultaneously transferred two officers to the post and both have refused to take ‘no’ for an answer. With PWD minister HD Revanna occupied with saving the government, there might not be a resolution soon. IMA ponzi scam: ED to produce Mansoor Khan in court to extend judicial custody The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will produce prime accused in the multi-crore IMA ponzi scam, Mansoor Khan, in court today to extend his judicial custody further. Karnataka: 13 rebel MLAs write to Speaker, seek four weeks' time to appear before him Bengaluru:  Thirteen rebel Karnataka Congress- JD(S) MLAs on Tuesday wrote to Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, seeking four weeks' time to appear before him in connection with the disqualification notice served to them. The lawmakers have said that they had moved the Supreme Court after tendering their resignation, which had also directed the Speaker to consider their resignation. ​​​​​​​"In spite of all this, I am informed that a petition has been filed under X Schedule of the Constitution of India, by the party, seeking my disqualification," the letter says. "You are aware that the Disqualification Rule, 1986, requires a minimum of 7 days period. In spite of the same, the proceedings are being hurried up. In these circumstances, I request you to grant four weeks' time to appear," the letter further states. The rebel MLAs have said that they were also apprised of a notice issued to them asking them to appear before the Speaker today. "I am not in the station and I would require to consult their lawyer after receiving the papers," adds the letter, which has been written by rebel MLAs to the Speaker. The letters have been written by Ramesh Jarkiholi, Munirathna, R Shankar, BC Patil, Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Iranagouda Kumathalli, MTB Nagaraju, Pratapgouda Patil, ST Somashekar, BA Basavraja of the Congress and Narayan Gowda, K Gopalaiah, and H Vishwanath of JD(S). Karnataka trust vote put off again, speaker sets Tuesday 6 pm deadline After a heated debate which continued till midnight, the Karnatakaassembly was adjourned till Tuesday without voting on the confidence motion moved by chief minister H D Kumaraswamy five days ago. Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar set 6 pm on Tuesday as the deadline to complete the voting, amid angry objections by the BJP. "By 6 pm tomorrow the floor test will be done," said Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. Kumaraswamy presents 'fake' resignation letter in House, says discussion should continue Amid ongoing discussion on the confidence motion, a 'fake' resignation letter addressed to the Governor of Karnataka was spotted lying in front of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in the Assembly. Karnataka: Ruling, opposition MLAs lock horns over trust vote; Session to continue till midnight The ruling coalition and the opposition MLAs were on Monday locked in a heated debate in the Assembly over whether the vote on the confidence motion should be taken up tonight or tomorrow. BJP General Secretary Rao accuses Congress-JD(S) of murdering democracy BJP national General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao on Monday accused the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka of murdering democracy by repeatedly postponing the trust vote in the state Legislative Assembly. Karnataka: Speaker holds meeting with BJP, Cong-JDS leaders Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Monday held meetings with BJP and Congress-JD(S) coalition leaders.