In Karnataka, the ruling Congress-JD (S) coalition, after the resignation of 16 MLAs, despite the threat to the government, the Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy is not ready to resign. Kumaraswamy dismissed the speculation of his resignation and told the media persons, "Why should I resign? Why do I need to resign? He reminded of the fall of 2009-10, when 18 MLAs, including some ministers, were present on the occasion of the then Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa. Yeddyurappa had opposed, but he did not resign. Let us know that the monsoon session of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will begin on 12th July.
After resigning two more Congress MLAs on Wednesday, the Chief Minister also held a meeting with senior Congress leaders on Thursday. So far 16 MLAs have been handed down. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed 10 rebel legislators of the Congress-JD (S) alliance of Karnataka to meet the Speaker at 6.00 in the evening. In addition, the court also directed the Speaker to decide on his resignation today.
The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed ten rebel legislators of Congress-JD (S) in Karnataka to make the assembly speaker informed about their decision to meet and resign from the Assembly Speaker at 6.00 in the evening. At the same time senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi from the legislators said that there is a strange situation in Karnataka assembly where 15 MLAs want to resign but the President is not accepting his resignation.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi, a bench of Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Anirudh Bose told the President of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly that they decide on the resignation of these MLAs today. The bench said that the decisions taken by the Speaker should be made known on Friday, when the court will consider it further in this matter. The apex court directed the Director General of Police to provide security from the airport to the assembly when these rebel legislators reach Bangalore from Mumbai.
Rohatgi said that on July 6, when some rebel legislators went to give their resignation, the president went out of his office from the back door. He said that a rebel MLA was assaulted when he attempted to reach the president's office on Wednesday. Rohatgi said that the state Assembly session is going to start from 12 July but before that the ruling coalition has filed an application before the Speaker to declare these rebel legislators disqualified.
As soon as the matter started, the bench made it clear that it is passing the order only in the case of 10 MLAs who are in front of us, not for others. The MLAs who filed the petition in the apex court include Pratap Gowda Patil, BC Patil, Ramesh Jarkiri, A. Shivaram Habbar, ST Somashekar, Mahesh Kumatalli, K Gopalaiya, Narayan Gowda, and Aggar H Viswanath.
If the resignations of rebel legislators are accepted, the ruling coalition can lose the majority. In the 224-member assembly, the total number of coalition legislators, except the president, is 116 (Congress -78, JDS-37 and BSP-1).
13 members of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly - three from Congress and three from JD (S) - had on July 6 handed over their resignation to the office of the Speaker of the House from the membership of the House. With this, there was a political crisis in the state for the Congress-JD (S) coalition government.