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Parliament LIVE updates: Nirmala Sitharaman presents Finance (No 2) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha; Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, RSP MPs raise objection

Parliament LIVE updates: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman is presenting the Finance Bill (No.2) which allows several amendments to the already operational legislations and policies of the central government. Meanwhile, NK Premachandran of RSP said that powers given to the RBI under the Finance Bill, should not come under the purview of the Bill.

18 Jul 2019 12:48 pm
Karnataka crisis: Kumaraswamy moves confidence motion in Assembly; Yeddyurappa says trust vote should be completed in a day

Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy moved the confidence motion in the Assembly with the 14-month old Congress-JD(S) government headed by him hanging by a thread after a rebellion by a section of ruling coalition lawmakers.

18 Jul 2019 12:30 pm
Ahead of Karnataka floor test, rebel Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy says he will withdraw resignation, vote in favour of govt

The survival of the Congress-JD(S) government hangs precariously on the eve of the trust vote with the Supreme Court on Wednesday holding that the 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, who had moved it, cannot be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the ongoing Assembly session.

18 Jul 2019 12:04 pm
Karnataka crisis, Trust Vote LIVE Updates: Ruckus over Siddaramaiah's 'lengthy' prologue on a Point of Order, MLAs term it 'delaying tactics'

Karnataka crisis, Trust Vote LIVE Updates: Why are you in the hurry to conduct a trust vote, HD Kumaraswamy asked in the Karnataka Assembly. He said that given the circumstances, the country has a write to listen to each and every MLA who wants to clarify his position on the trust vote.

18 Jul 2019 11:54 am
Parliament LIVE updates: Karnataka trust vote raised in Rajya Sabha, Congress' Anand Sharma protests against SC verdict; House adjourned till noon

Parliament LIVE updates: In Rajya Sbaha, Anand Sharma raised the issue of Wednesday's Supreme Court order on rebel Karnataka MLAs. Sharma said the verdict was in conflict with the Parliament's sovereignty. The Chair objected saying the matter is not before the House.

18 Jul 2019 11:53 am
Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: HD Kumaraswamy, Speaker KR Ramesh arrive in Assembly; proceedings to start shortly

Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Speaker KR Ramesh have reached Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru moments before the Motion of Trust will be laid on the table. The proceedings are expected to start at 11 am.

18 Jul 2019 11:05 am
Parliament LIVE updates: ICJ verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case to dominate both Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha today; EAM Jaishankar to issue statement

Parliament LIVE updates: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will make a statement on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict regarding the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in Parliament today.

18 Jul 2019 10:54 am
Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: Section 144 imposed within 2 km radius of Vidhan Soudha ahead of trust vote, say reports

Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: Reports say that the Bengaluru police has decided to impose restrictions under Section 144 around 2 kilometre radius of the Vidhan Soudha. The state Assembly is expected to witness a high-drama trust vote at 11 am today

18 Jul 2019 9:51 am
Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: SC verdict not authorisation to do whatever I want, will carry out duties as per law, says Speaker KR Ramesh

Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh told India Today that the verdict of the Supreme Court should not be seen as a ticket to do whatever. He said the judgment has in fact increased his responsibility.

18 Jul 2019 8:55 am
Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: HD Kumaraswamy govt's fate to be decided today; one Congress rebel agrees to vote for coalition

The Congress-JDS government in Karnataka is hanging by a thread ahead of the floor test on 18 July.

18 Jul 2019 8:05 am
Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: Cong-JD(S) tally will reduce to 101 in 225-member Assembly if resignations are accepted

Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: The ruling coalition's strength in the House is 117 i.e. Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and one nominated member, besides the Speaker. Now, if the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition's tally will be reduced to 101. BJP, meanwhile, with the support of two Independents, has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House.

17 Jul 2019 12:54 pm
Akhilesh Yadav forms 21-member panel led by Opposition leader Ahmad Hasan to probe 'fake cases' against SP's Azam Khan

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has constituted a 21-member committee, led by the leader of opposition in the Legislative Council Ahmad Hasan, to probe 'fake cases' lodged against party MP Azam Khan in Rampur.

17 Jul 2019 12:38 pm
Subramanian Swamy writes to Venkaiah Naidu seeking termination of Vaiko's RS membership over anti-Hindi comments

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy wrote to the Rajya Sabha chaiperson that Vaiko's remarks against the Hindi language are a gross violation of Article 351 of the Constitution.

17 Jul 2019 12:27 pm
SC order on Karnataka crisis: Court allows rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs to skip trust vote, refuses to meddle with Speaker's decision

Also welcoming the top court's decision was the Karnataka speaker, saying, "I will not delay decision on resignations, will work as per my constitutional role."

17 Jul 2019 12:22 pm
Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: Speakers calls SC order 'landmark judgment', says he will take a decision in line with Constitution

Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said that he will not take a decision which goes against the Constitution, the court and the Lokpal.

17 Jul 2019 12:06 pm
BSP MP Ritesh Pandey raises mob lynching issue in Lok Sabha; says issue has impacted cattle trade, increased farmers' difficulties

BSP's Ritesh Pandey raised the issue of mob lynching in the Lok Sabha saying it has impacted the cattle trade. He also termed the present government at the Centre as 'Anti-farmer'. Congress's Amar Singh also said the agriculture is in a problem and the farmers were under distress.

17 Jul 2019 11:23 am
Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: SC directs Speaker to place before court his decision on resignation of 15 rebel MLAs

Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: The Supreme Court on Wednesday passed its interim order on the Karnataka political crisis saying that it is imperative to maintain Constitutional balance. And therefore, the Speaker has been allowed to decide on resignation of 15 MLAs within an 'appropriate time frame'.

17 Jul 2019 11:02 am
Lok Sabha debates agrarian distress; Opposition seeks cut in GST rate on agricultural equipment

Members in Lok Sabha on Tuesday raised problems related to agriculture, including the delay in procurement of produce, rise in the cost of inputs, late payment of crop insurance and adversities of weather, and sought steps to increase the income of farmers.

17 Jul 2019 10:54 am
BS Yeddyurappa plays cricket with BJP legislators as Karnataka coalition govt struggles to stay afloat

As the focus shifted to the SC, which is hearing the pleas of Karnataka MLAs state BJP president BS Yeddyurappa was seen in a relaxed mood playing cricket with party legislators who are camped at a resort on the outskirts of the city.

17 Jul 2019 10:43 am
Karnataka news LIVE updates: SC to deliver verdict on resignations of rebel MLAs at 10.30 am today; Floor Test expected tomorrow

Karnataka news LIVE updates: As suspense mounted over the fate of the 14-month-old Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka, the Supreme Court will deliver on Wednesday its crucial order on the pleas of 15 rebel Congress-JD (S) MLAs seeking a direction to Assembly Speaker to accept their resignations.

17 Jul 2019 9:47 am
HD Kumaraswamy fights losing battle to save Congress-JD(S) govt in Karnataka; all eyes on upcoming SC order

Of the 18 rebels, 16 have submitted resignations from the Assembly, reducing the government to a minority, while the two Independents have quit as ministers and announced support for the BJP.

17 Jul 2019 8:13 am
Karnataka news LIVE updates: SC to deliver verdict on resignations of rebel MLAs today, HD Kumaraswamy accuses them of 'hunting in a pack'

Karnataka news LIVE updates: As suspense mounted over the fate of the 14-month-old Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka, the Supreme Court will deliver on Wednesday its crucial order on the pleas of 15 rebel Congress-JD (S) MLAs seeking a direction to Assembly Speaker to accept their resignations.

17 Jul 2019 8:10 am
Delhi court grants bail to Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia in defamation case filed by BJP's Vijender Gupta on personal bond of Rs 10,000

Delhi court granted bail to Arvind Kejriwal and deputy Manish Sisodia in connection with a defamation suit filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta. Gupta had claimed in the complaint that his reputation was tarnished because of the tweets and news reports of the statements made by the AAP leaders.

16 Jul 2019 12:59 pm
Narendra Modi chairs BJP parliamentary party meet ahead of Parliament session, asks MPs to focus on constituencies, animal welfare

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday directed MPs to focus on constituencies more.

16 Jul 2019 12:53 pm
Karnataka rebel MLAs in SC: 'Resignations have to be accepted, Speaker coercing us to vote for govt in trust vote'

The rebel MLAs told the court that Karnataka Assembly Speaker has to accept their resignations and not coerce them into following whip issued by the Congress.

16 Jul 2019 12:49 pm
Captain Amarinder Singh calls on Narendra Modi in first 'courtesy meeting' since Lok Sabha election results

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh on Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed it a "courtesy meeting".

16 Jul 2019 10:16 am
Rebel Karnataka Congress MLA Roshan Baig detained in ponzi scam case minutes before flying out of Bengaluru

The special investigation team probing the multi-crore IMA Jewels ponzi scam detained Congress MLA Roshan Baig when he was about to board a chartered plane from the Bengaluru international airport, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said Monday

16 Jul 2019 9:18 am
Karnataka crisis: Supreme Court to hear pleas of five more MLAs on Tuesday against Speaker for not accepting resignations

Five more rebel Congress MLAs from Karnataka had moved the apex court on 13 July against Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar for not accepting their resignations.

15 Jul 2019 12:51 pm
Karnataka news LIVE updates: Speaker KR Ramesh meets HD Kumaraswamy, Congress MLAs; BJP seeks no-confidence motion

Karnataka news LATEST updates: After BJP MLAs met the Speaker, now the Congress MLAs are meeting the Speaker in the Vidhan Soudha. BJP, meanwhile, has moved a no-confidence motion in the Assembly and the Speaker will take a decision at 12.30 on Monday.

15 Jul 2019 12:37 pm
MTB Nagaraj's flip-flop in support for Karnataka coalition keeps Congress on edge; Hoskote MLA joins ranks of political opportunists

An important link in the Congress-JD(S) Karnataka coalition government, MTB Nagaraj, is one of the prominent rebel MLAs who submitted their resignations from the state cabinet last week.

15 Jul 2019 12:37 pm
Karnataka political crisis: Congress, JD(S) struggle to retain MTB Nagaraj in coalition; Hoskote MLA joins class of political opportunists

An important link in the Congress-JD(S) Karnataka coalition government, MTB Nagaraj, is one of the prominent rebel MLAs who submitted their resignations from the state cabinet last week.

15 Jul 2019 12:08 pm
Karnataka news LIVE updates: In CLP meet, Congress MLAs resolve to stay together; BJP legislators plan to disrupt Assembly in absence of trust vote

Karnataka news LATEST updates: The BJP has decided to disrupt the Karnataka Assembly session if Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy does not move the trust vote to prove his fledgling coalition government has a majority, a party official was quoted as saying.

15 Jul 2019 11:59 am
Karnataka news LIVE updates: HD Kumaraswamy, Congress leaders won't go to Mumbai to meet rebel MLAs; BJP legislators reach Assembly

Karnataka news LATEST updates: Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and Congress leaders Mallikarjuna Kharge, DK Shivakumar were earlier scheduled to visit Mumbai to pacify the disgruntled legislators.

15 Jul 2019 10:52 am
Navjot Singh Sidhu a victim of his obstinate nature; chasing CM's post, political turncoat couldn't take being overshadowed

In cricket, Sidhu played against an Opposition. In politics, Sidhu has become his own Opposition. So, Sidhu bats, Sidhu bowls, Sidhu gets caught. Sidhu, incidentally, is also the pitch. One of his favourite riffs is that pitches are like wives, you never know which way they will turn. But, in Sidhu's case, we know which way he will turn - against himself.

15 Jul 2019 9:29 am
Rise of nepotism in parties like DMK is weakening the left-wing's cause in fight against a 'communal, shrewd' BJP in Tamil Nadu

But by nominating Udayanidhi, it looks like DMK has lost its way. It's sad that Tamil Nadu is moving in the same direction as the rest of India. The 'Raja Raja Cholan debate' that started a few days back is a notable feature of the Tamil people's evolving mindset. They want to see people like themselves in power. They do not want to subscribe to the self-serving methods of the Left.

15 Jul 2019 9:03 am
After Rahul Gandhi, Congress can redefine how political parties are run in India by 'democratically' choosing next leader based on merit

In India, tickets to Lok Sabha elections are given out without a voting process like the American primaries or the UK hustings. The same is the case for Assembly and corporation elections. There is no transparency in how tickets to Rajya Sabha are given in any party.

14 Jul 2019 12:19 pm
Infighting emerges again in Delhi Congress; 29 leaders write to Rahul Gandhi complaining about 'complete confusion' in state unit

The leaders in their letter said that by dissolving various Congress units in Delhi, the PCC is literally punishing thousands of dedicated workers and leaders, who worked very hard to resurrect the party in Delhi.

14 Jul 2019 11:42 am
Days after renewing party membership, Goa BJP worker quits citing induction of 10 Congress MLAs

Pranav Sanvorderkar, a young BJP worker, said he was deeply hurt with the news of 10 Congress MLAs shifting allegiance to the BJP and joining the party ahead of some of them being inducted in the state cabinet.

13 Jul 2019 12:30 pm
Karnataka political crisis: DK Shivakumar meets rebel Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj, asks him to take back resignation

Amid ongoing political turmoil in Karnataka, Congress leader DK Shivakumar visited the residence of Congress MLA and state minister MTB Nagaraj early on Saturday morning to convince him to take back his resignation

13 Jul 2019 10:19 am
Goa CM Pramod Sawant says swearing-in of new cabinet ministers at 3 pm; three ex-Congress MLAs to be included

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said late on Friday night that he would reshuffle the cabinet on Saturday replacing four ministers and the swearing-in ceremony would be held at 3 pm

13 Jul 2019 9:32 am
Karnataka LIVE News Updates: Resignation is MLAs' ploy to avoid disqualification, says Abhishek Manu Singhvi in SC

Karnataka LIVE news updates: Representing Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, Abhishek Manu Singhvi stated that it was a constitutional duty of the Speaker to ensure that mass resignations are voluntary and genuine.

12 Jul 2019 12:52 pm
Karnataka crisis: Youth Congress leader files intervention application in SC, says rebel MLAs' resignations 'nothing but a kind of defection'

A Karnataka Youth Congress leader moved the Supreme Court on Friday seeking to intervene in a case filed by 10 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs for a direction to the Assembly speaker to accept their resignations.

12 Jul 2019 11:49 am
Karnataka LIVE News Updates: Resignations of rebel MLAs tantamount to defection, says Youth Congress leader Anil Chacko Joseph

Karnataka LIVE news updates: A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was told by the counsel of Anil Chacko Joseph, Karnataka Youth Congress leader, that the resignations by the rebel MLAs were nothing, but a kind of defection and sought a hearing as an intervenor.

12 Jul 2019 11:31 am
Karnataka LIVE News Updates: 400 Congress workers file intervention application in SC, seek disqualification of rebel MLAs

Karnataka LIVE news updates: A fresh plea has been moved in Supreme Court by Karnataka Youth Congress chief and 400 party workers. The party members filed an intervention application in the top court, saying that resignation of lawmakers is "tantamount to defection", and hence demanded their disqualification.

12 Jul 2019 11:03 am
Karnataka LIVE News Updates: All eyes on SC as Speaker Ramesh Kumar moves top court against order to take decision on rebel MLAs

Karnataka LIVE news updates: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar Thursday moved the Supreme Court against its order asking him to take a decision on the resignation of 10 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs during the course of the day.

12 Jul 2019 10:05 am
Parliament LIVE updates: P Chidambaram says Centre didn't submit 'bold' Union Budget despite 'superb' mandate

Parliament LATEST updates: Speaking on the Union Budget in the Rajya Sabha, which has been disrupted by protests from the Opposition for two days, Congress leader P Chidambaram said that the current Budget presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was "not a bold one".

11 Jul 2019 12:46 pm
AIMIM appoints Imtiaz Jaleel as Maharashtra unit president just a few months before state holds Assembly election

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen has appointed Lok Sabha MP from Aurangabad Imtiaz Jaleel as its new Maharashtra state president. The move comes ahead of Assembly elections in Maharashtra scheduled later this year.

11 Jul 2019 12:38 pm
Karnataka news LIVE updates: Congress accuses BJP of 'Operation Lotus'; rebel MLAs to reach Bengaluru by 4 pm on chartered flight

Karnataka news LIVE updates: As the rebel MLAs are heading to Bangalore to appear before the Speaker, the Bangalore Police is getting ready to tackle any kind of face-off between the BJP, Congress and JD(S) workers. According to one of the top police officers, additional protection has been already put into place, right from the airport to Vidhana Soudha.

11 Jul 2019 12:29 pm
Karnataka news LIVE updates: Siddaramaiah urges Speaker to disqualify two rebel MLAs, Ramesh Jarkhiholi and Mahesh Kumathhalli

Karnataka news LIVE updates: Congress leader Siddaramaiah has reportedly requested Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to disqualify at least two of the 16 rebel MLAs, Ramesh Jarkhiholi and Mahesh Kumathhalli.

11 Jul 2019 11:50 am
Goa LIVE News and Updates: Pramod Sawant says he 'welcomes' support from rebel Congress MLAs to 'strengthen' state govt

Goa LIVE News and Updates: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant, who on Wednesday accepted at least 10 rebel Congress MLAs into the BJP, said, 'They have supported me to strengthen the state government and I welcome it."

11 Jul 2019 11:31 am