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Karnataka: Trust vote put off, Speaker seeks clarification of Supreme Court order

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Karnataka: Trust vote put off, Speaker seeks clarification of Supreme Court order

The debate on confidence motion moved by Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy today (Thursday, July 18) was adjourned as Speaker KR Ramesh sought time to seek legal advice on the issue of whip imposed by Congress and JD(S) to rebel MLAs in light of the Supreme Court order.

The top court yesterday barred the dissenting MLAs from being compelled to attend the trust vote, which may be construed as, in effect, allowing them to defy the party whip.

As chief minister Kumaraswamy, who initiated the discussion on trust vote, was still speaking, Siddaramaiah told the Speaker that before the assembly got down to discussing the trust vote, it would have to be spelt out if he, as leader of the Congress legislature party, still had the right to issue a whip to order all his MLAs to be present and vote in the trust vote.

From a legal perspective, Siddaramaiah stressed that the Supreme Court had infringed on the rights of the legislature party by issuing a directive which curtailed his powers though they were not parties in the case and hadn’t been heard.

The Speaker sought time to obtain legal advice after Congress leader Siddaramaiah moved a point of order saying powers of political parties to control their legislators – as provided by the 10th Schedule of the Constitution (anti-defection law) would be affected if the Supreme Court order is interpreted as barring issuance of the whip to the 15 rebel MLAs.

Siddaramaiah insisted that Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar should first clarify on the Supreme Court order.

This put the Speaker in a quandary. “I am worried because I am a respondent and I am the one who will have to make a decision on the whip violation,” the Speaker said.

Siddaramaiah, reported The Hindustan Times (HT), said: “Our contention is simple. The Supreme Court order is an infringement on the rights of the party. It is our right to issue a whip. Either the Speaker or the court must clarify the status of the MLAs.”

An MLA who violates the whip is liable to be disqualified by the Speaker. If they are not allowed to resign but end up being disqualified under the anti-defection law, they cannot be ministers in the government during the tenure of the existing assembly.

This bar was introduced in 2003 on the recommendations of the constitution review panel set up in the late nineties. This panel felt a defector should be penalised by debarring him or her from holding any public office as a minister for at least the duration of the remaining term of the existing legislature or until, the next fresh elections.

BJP members alleged that the coalition, whose numbers had dwindled from 117 to 106, were trying to stall for time to bring back rebels.The coalition saw one of its MLAs return thus reducing the number of rebels from 16 to 15. Senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy returned to the party and attended the session Thursday.

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If the Speaker were to accept all the 16 resignations, the assembly’s strength would dip to 209 and reduce the wobbly 15-month-old coalition to 101 seats. The BJP’s strength would be 105, and it is expected to be backed by one independent who has withdrawn support to the coalition.

Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar hasn’t accepted the resignations yet, prompting 15 of the rebel legislators to approach the Supreme Court. In its interim ruling, the top court gave the speaker a free hand to decide on the resignations and the disqualification petitions filed by the ruling coalition. But a bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi also ruled that the 15 rebel lawmakers could not be compelled to attend or vote in the floor test.

It is this part of the order – also criticised by experts – that the Congress’ Siddaramaiah red-flagged in the state assembly. As Kumaraswamy was still speaking, Siddaramaiah told the speaker that before the assembly got down to discussing the trust vote, it would have to be spelt out if he, as leader of the Congress legislature party, still had the right to issue a whip to order all his MLAs to be present and vote in the trust vote.

From a legal perspective, Siddaramaiah stressed that the Supreme Court had infringed on the rights of the legislature party by issuing a directive which curtailed his powers though they were not parties in the case and hadn’t been heard.

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Karnataka: Viral video shows man chasing, attacking another with machete in government office | WATCH

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A disturbing video has emerged in which a man is chasing another with a machete inside a government office in a Karnataka village.

CCTV footage from Maddur taluk office shows a man in a red shirt chasing another inside the premises with a machete on Tuesday. The clip has viral on social media.

The assailant has been identified as Nandan and the victim Chennaraj, 45. As per the local police, Nandan attacked Chennaraj over a land dispute.

They said that Chennaraj came to the taluk office to settle a land dispute where Nandan was also present.

However, Nandan became furious after the decision came in favour of Chennaraj and as soon they came out of the office, the attacker hurled chilli powder in the victim’s eyes, took out a machete and

Luckily, Chennaraj saw the attack coming and ran for his life towards the exit. The scuffle was captured on CCTV footage.

Another video showed Nandan following him outside where Chenaraj is seen falling to the ground as the assailant manages to strike him with the weapon. Nandan then follows to deliver over a dozen more strikes to Chennaraj with the sharp-edged blade before locals gathered, overpowered him and managed to stop the assault.

Chennaraj sustained grievous injuries in the attack and was rushed to a local hospital wherefrom he was later shifted to a hospital in Mandya for advanced treatment, police said.

Nandan has been arrested and a case has been registered against him, they added.

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Jallikattu: 4 die, several injured during bull taming event in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka

MK Stalin expressed his condolences for the deaths of the people and announced a Rs 3 lakh compensation to each of their families.

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14-year-old gored to death at Jallikattu event in Tamil Nadu

The popular Jallikattu event, which is being held in South India, claimed four lives in three days. Nearly 100 people were also injured, including 22 critically injured, during the bull-taming event in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

Two spectators succumbed to injuries on Monday after being attacked by bulls in Karnataka’s Shivamogga district on Saturday. The 24-year-old died after he was attacked by several out-of-control bulls. He sustained severe injuries and was rushed to McGann District Hospital, where he died during treatment.

In another incident, a 34-year-old man died after a bull jumped on him at a bull-racing event at Konaganavalli, near Ayanuru town, on Sunday.

On Monday, during a Jallikattu event in Tamil Nadu, a 26-year-old bull tamer collapsed on the spot after being hit by a bull’s horn in the belly. He was rushed to the hospital in a waiting ambulance, but by the time he reached the hospital, he had lost a lot of blood, and doctors declared him dead.

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Also, a 25-year-old, a young spectator, was fatally gored by a ferocious bull in Periya Suriyur, on the outskirts of Tiruchi. According to authorities, he was waiting with a bull owner to collect his animal when it ran off the arena and hit him in the chest. He, however, passed away at the hospital a couple of hours later.

Earlier, Madurai Collector Sekhar stated that the Jallikattu event would be held smoothly and without incident. Sekhar stated that security measures, such as barricading and the deployment of over 2,000 police officers, as well as the availability of the best medical care, had been put in place to ensure the safety of bulls, participants, and spectators.

MK Stalin expressed his condolences for the deaths of the people and announced a Rs 3 lakh compensation to each of their families.

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Two paraglider-borne men crash after engine failure in Karnataka, video caught on CCTV | Watch

According to reports the pilot of the paraglider was identified as Muttana who had an experience of flying a paraglider of over 4 months. It was also reported, the two paraglider-borne men were rushed to the hospital after crash landing.

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A hair-raising incident has come to light from Karnataka’s Kodagu where a paraglider had to do crash landing owing to an engine failure. It was reported that both the paraglider-borne men survived the crash landing, however, faced injuries.

The crash landing transpired on the main road located near Lakshmana Tirtha river at Nittur in Karnataka’s Ponnampet Taluk.

In the video, a high speed paraglider can be seen crash landing on an almost deserted highway, however, a car can be seen coming from the other side which promptly swerved from the trajectory of the crash landing. The car can be seen getting off the road after witnessing the paraglider come towards it.

The prompt action by the car driver stopped the incident from taking an ugly turn as the paraglider and the car close shaves and narrowly escapes from colliding into each other.

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According to reports the pilot of the paraglider was identified as Muttana who had an experience of flying a paraglider of over 4 months. It was also reported, the two paraglider-borne men were rushed to the hospital after crash landing. They reportedly survived the crash, however faced several injuries due to the crash landing.

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After the video went viral, one user wrote and said that rather than the paraglider, the car survived from what could have been a horrific accident, implying that the car would have had more impact as a paraglider was coming in their direction.

Another user wrote and said that was a rough landing, implying that the pilot must have had a tough time landing the paraglider as the landing looks to be crass and abrupt and not smooth at all.

Another user wrote and questioned what happened to the van, implying that the van must have faced some sort of impact due to the crash landing of the paraglider.

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