Karnataka Crisis: Kumaraswamy seeks trust vote in the assembly, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy
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Surprising the opposition in the state, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday declared that he would seek a trust vote on the floor of the house.

He has already sought time from the speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, who reportedly said that he will allot a time slot whenever the CM asks for.

This comes after relief from the Supreme Court while hearing the pleas on Karnataka political crisis on Friday ordered status quo.

The apex court has also asked the speaker not to decide on the resignations of the MLAs till July 16.

On Thursday, the SC, 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 fresh resignations.

The speaker while raising question on the SC, on Friday, through his council told the bench that he was constitutionally bound to decide on the disqualification petitions before he takes a call on the resignation letters.

On Wednesday, the speaker has refused to decide on the resignation, as directed by the SC.

He also alleged that the rebel legislators resigned to avoid the disqualification.

Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan said, “In Anti Defection Act, an MLA who resigns from the party is disqualified from being Minister till re-elected.”

“The resignation drama in Karnataka is to avoid this since BJP has offered them Ministerships. Speaker can disqualify them by treating resignation from Assembly as from party” he added.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi while reacting on the current crisis said, “BJP uses money to bring down state Govts, they have been doing that. We saw that in the North east as well.”

Karnataka Minister & Senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar visited the residence of state minister MTB Nagaraj, who recently resigned from his post.

Shivakumar has earlier tried to meet the rebel MLAs in Mumbai, but was not allowed and was arrested later on.

Meanwhile, keeping it safe and bringing in “resort politics” Congress and JD(S), on Friday shifted its MLAs to various resorts of Bengaluru.


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