Karnataka crisis: Supreme Court to hear pleas of rebel MLAs

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New Delhi, July 16 : The Supreme Court will decide on Tuesday on the pleas of 15 rebel MLAs against Speaker K R Ramesh for not accepting their resignations.The Congress-JDU coalition government is facing crisis after some of its MLAs resigned and BJP is indulging in poaching them to topple the government.

The Speaker had previously rejected the resignations of 8 of the 13 rebel lawmakers on the ground that they were not in the correct format.Earlier, the apex court was dealing with the resignations of 10 MLAs. Now, however, it will hear pleas of five more MLAs — Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s government will face the floor test on July 18.

On July 12, the apex court had asked Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to maintain status quo on the petitions of Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, BC Patil, ST Somashekhar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, AH Vishwanath and Narayana Gowda.

The Karnataka Speaker had told the court that taking a decision on the rebel MLAs would take time. “There is no date to decide the acceptance of the resignations. If I am satisfied, I will accept and if I am not satisfied the consequences are known. I will go by procedures,” he told the dissidents.

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