In what is seen to be the culmination of developments related to the political crisis in Karnataka, the state legislative assembly is in session on Thursday. It can be recalled that the Supreme Court left it to the discretion of Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to decide on the resignations of 15 rebel coalition MLAs in Karnataka. The SC also ordered that the legislators cannot be compelled to attend the session, in an interim order, on Wednesday.
However, the Congress and JD(S) Wednesday had decided to issue a whip to all its legislators, including 16 MLAs who have resigned, to attend the trust vote scheduled Thursday as well as a separate whip to vote for the coalition.
Meanwhile, Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court order on the political crisis, asserting that it was a “moral victory” for the rebel MLAs, whose resignations have pushed the ruling Congress-JDS coalition to the brink of collapse.