After the Supreme Court passed orders directing the speaker to decide on the resignations submitted by the MLAs, Speaker Ramesh Kumar sought more time to decide on the issue.
Speaker sought his plea to be listed for the urgent hearing in the apex court. But the Supreme Court refused to hear the plea saying it had already passed the orders and that the matter will be heard tomorrow.
As the political crisis deepens in Karnataka, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy holds a crucial cabinet meeting with the leaders of JDS coalition on Thursday. With the latest resignations of two more congress MLAs, the ruling coalition may lose the requisite majority in legislature.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, hearing the petition of the rebel MLAs asked the speaker to take final call today. The apex court asked the MLAs to reign in person by 6 pm on Thursday. The top court will hear the decision of the speaker tomorrow.
The MLAs who submitted resignations approached the Supreme Court alleging that Speaker Ramesh Kumar is deliberately not accepting their resignations submitted over the last week. SC agreed to list the plea for urgent hearing on Thursday.
After two more MLAs quit on Wednesday the total count of MLAs who quit comes up to 16 in Karnataka posing a serious threat to the ruling coalition. The resignations are yet to be accepted by the speaker.
Following this, the BJP led by party’s state chief Yeddyurappa met the Governor Vajubhai Vala and requested him to advise the speaker to accept all the resignations and fasten the process of forming a stable government.
If the resignations are accepted by the Speaker, the strength of coalition in the Vidhan Soudha will fall to 101 well behind BJP, which has 105 MLAs along with the support of two independents. This will pave way for BJP to seek a trust vote in the Vidhan Soudha.
Amidst the political turmoil, security was beefed up in and around Vidhan Soudha in Karnataka. IPC section 144 was imposed in a 2 km radius of the state legislature for a period of four days beginning Thursday that is from July 11 to 14.
The imposition of section 144 bans unlawful assembly of five people, indulging in protests or demonstrations carrying arms like swords, knives or even stones. Police said the act was imposed to avert any untoward incident given the political crisis prevailing in the state.
The speaker is said to have rejected the resignations of 9 out of 14 MLAs resigned. Housing minister M T B Nagaraj and the state pollution board chairman K Sudhakar submitted their resignations to the Speaker on Wednesday afternoon.
BJP is trying all ways to topple the incumbent by picketing and petitioning. The party wrote to the Governor saying immediate acceptance of the resignations is the only constitutional provision left. It also said the speaker is bound to accept the resignations as they were handed over in person.