Karnataka

5 more state rebels approach top court against Speaker

Prime News, State (Bengaluru), July 13:- Five more rebel lawmakers of the Congress-JDS coalition in Karnataka have approached the Supreme Court against the assembly Speaker, Ramesh Kumar, for not accepting their resignations. The lawmakers are K Sudhakar, Roshan Baig, MTB Nagaraj, Muniratna Naidu and Anand Singh. Including these five, the total number of lawmakers who approached the Supreme Court is now 15.

Their move comes on a day when there is a relative lull in political activity in Karnataka this weekend with most lawmakers from the ruling coalition – and also those of the opposition BJP – spending time in resorts and hotels in Bengaluru and Maharashtra, tucked away from poaching by each other’s parties.

After Friday’s order from the Supreme Court that it should be status quo on the resignation or disqualification of 10 rebel coalition legislators – and the five who approached the top court today – the next major political step is expected only early next week. The Speaker, KR Ramesh Kumar, is also likely to take a call on those resignations by then.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy of the JDS has asked the Speaker to allow him to prove his government’s majority on the floor of the house – and Wednesday is the likely day for that after the Supreme Court hears the matter of the resignations on Tuesday.

If the resignations are not accepted, the lawmakers face disqualification as their parties had issued an order to be present on Friday on the first day of the legislature session. The lawmakers had instead returned to Mumbai after resubmitting their resignations to the Speaker on Thursday evening.

Congress troubleshooter DK Shivakumar has been trying to persuade the rebel lawmakers of the Congress-JDS coalition to change their mind

The status of those lawmakers would make a big difference in the position of the Karnataka government. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

 

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