Bengaluru, Jul 12:
The Supreme Court, which heard the petitions filed by the 10 rebel MLAs, restrained the Karnataka Assembly Speaker from taking any action on the resignation letters of the rebel MLAs.
The supreme court which heard the rebel MLAs case said that status quo should be maintained and that the Speaker should not initiate any action on the rebels. The court also mentioned that since the issue is a matter of constitution it needs to be heard elaborately. The Speaker should not declare the rebel MLAs as disqualified.
The court also adjourned the hearing of the case for Tuesday. In the ongoing political uncertainty caused by the resignation of rebel MLAs, the apex court yesterday had directed the MLAs to appear before the Assembly Speaker so that the later can take a decision on their resignations.
The apex court, earlier in the day, allowed 10 rebel MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) coalition to submit their resignation to the Speaker by 6 pm. Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar who examined the resignations of the MLAs accepted only five of them and refused to accept that of the others.
He said that the remaining MLAs should tender their papers in person. Roshan Baig was the only MLA who tendered his resignation in person. This prompted the other MLAs to move the Supreme Court.
Speaker Ramesh Kumar also moved the top court filing a petition saying that the court cannot order him to accept the resignation letters immediately and that he needed more time to scrutinise them.
As per the Supreme Court order, the MLAs were airlifted to Bengaluru and brought to the assembly where they tendered their explanations to the Speaker. But in the meantime, congress party members and office bearers have filed a petition against hearing the petitions of rebel MLAs.
They stated that no legal action can be initiate against the rebel MLAs since they have resigned without ascertaining the people. on Thursday the Speaker strongly defended the “delay” in examining the resignation of rebel MLAs, which the Opposition BJP has termed as a tactic, despite the Supreme Court asking him to decide before the end of the day.
With this, the political crisis is set to drag on, keeping Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on the edge of his seat. The apex court, earlier in the day, allowed 10 rebel MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) coalition to submit their resignation to the Speaker by 6 pm.
The Speaker “shall take a decision forthwith and, in any case, in the course of the remaining part of the day” a bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose stated. So far, 16 MLAs have tendered their resignation. Plus, two Independents have withdrawn support.
The BJP has demanded Kumaraswamy’s resignation on the grounds that his government was reduced to a minority. Meanwhile, the Congress-JD(S) coalition pressed for the disqualification of 15 rebels as a last resort to make them change their mind.
The government has also issued a whip mandating the presence of all coalition legislators for the legislature session, anticipating a trust vote Kumaraswamy may have to take. The whip requires MLAs to vote in favour of the government, and violation will lead to disqualification.