Prohibitory orders around Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru in view of crucial cabinet meet

PTI Bengaluru | Updated on July 11, 2019 Published on July 11, 2019

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy V Sreenivasa Murthy

With the stage set for a major political showdown in Karnataka, following a spate of resignations threatening the existence of the coalition government in the state, the Bengaluru Police Commissioner, Alok Kumar, has issued prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, restricting the gathering of more than five persons and any form of protests within a two-km area around the Vidhana Soudha.

The Police Commissioner issued the orders on Wednesday night, taking into account intelligence inputs.

The prohibitory orders came into effect on Thursday when Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy is scheduled to chair a cabinet meeting in the backdrop of 16 MLAs, including Housing Minister M T. B. Nagaraj, resigning and two Independent legislators -- R Shankar and H Nagesh -- withdrawing support to the Congress-JD(S) coalition government on Wednesday.

Assembly Speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar is yet to accept the resignations of the MLAs. Kumar has said he has to first hear the legislators. He has also pointed out that of the 16 resignations given by the MLAs, only five were in the proper format.

These developments have come ahead of the Assembly session starting Friday. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked Kumaraswamy to step down, claiming that his government has lost the majority. The saffron party has also urged the Governor to step in, following the crisis.

“We have petitioned the Governor seeking his intervention. We may even move a no-confidence motion against the government. We will urge the Governor to direct the government to prove its majority,” BJP MLC and party spokesperson N. Ravikumar told PTI.

Published on July 11, 2019
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