Karnataka Crisis: Five more rebel leaders approach Supreme Court against speaker
Bengaluru | Jagran News Desk: Five more rebel MLAs in Karnataka have approached the Supreme Court against the assembly speaker for not accepting their resignation.
This comes on a day when there is a lot of political activity going in the state and the coalition of the Congress-JD(S) is trying to stop its MLAs from resigning.
Senior Congress leaders on Saturday started meeting the rebel MLAs to negotiate and persuade them to withdraw their resignations.
Congress leader DK Shivakumar along with Deputy CM G Parameshwara met Housing Minister MTB Nagaraj at his residence for almost four and a half hours to convince him to withdraw his resignation. Nagaraj had resigned from the MLA post on Wednesday.
A similar attempt was on to pacify MLAs Ramalinga Reddy, Munirathna and R Roshan Baig.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has ordered a status quo on the resignation or disqualification of 10 rebel coalition legislators. The Speaker, KR Ramesh Kumar, is also likely to take a call on those resignations by then.
Earlier, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy announced that he would seek a trust vote to end the 'confusion' caused by resignations of rebel MLAs while asserting he was "ready for everything". And Wednesday is going to be the day when he will have to prove his majority as the Supreme Court will hear the matter on Tuesday.
While if the resignations are not accepted, then the MLAs will face disqualification as their parties had issued an order to be present on Friday on the first day of the legislative session but the MLAs had instead returned to Mumbai after resubmitting their resignations to the Speaker on Thursday evening.
The status of those MLAs would make a big difference to the position of the Karnataka government.
If the resignations of the rebel MLAs are accepted, then the Congress-JD(S) coalition's 118 members will come down to 100 and the majority mark will drop from 113 to 105. The BJP has 105 members and the support of the two Independents, which takes its tally to 107.
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