Karnataka crisis HIGHLIGHTS: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s verdict on Wednesday which said the 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs should not be compelled to take part in the trust vote which is scheduled to be held in Karnataka Assembly tomorrow, the rebel MLAs who are in Mumbai said there is no question of going back to attend the floor test. “We honour the Supreme Court’s verdict. We all are together. We stand by our decision. There is no question of going to the Assembly,” ANI quoted the MLAs as saying.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also left it to the Speaker to decide on the resignations of the rebel MLAs within the timeframe he thinks appropriate. The top court was hearing the pleas of the MLAs against Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar for sitting on their resignations.
In Karnataka, resignations by the MLAs have plunged the Congress-JD(S) coalition government into crisis earlier this month. Thirteen Congress and three JD(S) MLAs have resigned since July 6, technically reducing the numbers of the coalition from 117 to 101 compared to the BJP’s 105 in the 224-member House where the halfway mark is 113.
The bench had on Tuesday said the position and powers of the Speaker after the enactment of the anti-defection law in 1985 may require a relook, after hearing the rebel MLAs, the Speaker and Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy. Earlier on Friday, the top court had restrained the Speaker from taking any decision till July 16 on the resignation and disqualification of the rebel MLAs. Also, a vote of confidence has been scheduled in Vidhana Soudha on July 18.