The Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Firday hearing the pleas on Karnataka political crisis ordered status quo and asked the speaker not to decide on the resignations of the MLAs till July 16.
In the midst of political turmoil, Karnataka assembly session begins on Friday to decide the fate of the state.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy cries foul saying the Supreme Court should not have entertained the pleas of rebel MLAs in the first place. “The speaker has the responsibility to satisfy himself that the resignations were voluntary or forced. Moreover the Supreme Court passed orders without issuing notice to the speaker” he added.
A total of 400 congress members approached Supreme Court and sought the disqualification of rebel MLAs. They mentioned that the sudden resignations to topple the government amounts to defection and that the Rebel MLAs should hence be disqualified.
Supreme Court asked the congress leaders to wait while the hearing on the speaker’s plea will be taken up on Friday.
Meanwhile, Speaker Ramesh Kumar told he is only answerable to the Constitution of India. He said if he is satisfied he will accept the resignations and if he is not satisfied he will not. He added he will communicate the same to Supreme Court that he is acting well according to the law.
Ramesh Kumar added “According to the constitution it is up to the discretion of speaker. It does not mention any time limit for deciding on the resignations.”
Speaking over the rebel MLAs moving the Supreme Court, Ramesh Kumar said “I had never stopped them form coming to my chamber I have no idea why they approached the Supreme Court.”
On Thursday the SC bench directed the speaker to give out his decision on the resignations submitted. The bench also directed the MLAs to hand over their resignations in person.
8 out of 11 MLAs stationed in Mumbai returned to Bengaluru on Thursday to hand over their resignations.
The Karnataka BJP chief Yeddyurappa said the party will issue a whip for all to attend the session from today till the end of the month. The BJP MLAs said they will urge the Supreme Court to stick to its decision and demand the speaker to decide on the resignations.