New twist to the Karnataka political developments

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, July 12 : A new twist to the entire Karnataka political situation came after the 400 Congress workers asserted that MLAs resignation equivalent to Defection by law.

The Supreme Court will be hearing a fresh plea moved by 400 Congress workers, along with two simultaneous pleas; one of the rebel MLAs and another by the Speaker asking for more time to decide on these MLAs’ resignation.

While Chief Minister HD Kuramaswamy putting up a brave face claiming his government still has the numbers and he does not need to resign in wake of reports claiming infighting within the JD(S)-Congress coalition government. Two Independent MLAs, who had sided with the ruling government, also withdrew their support.

Lawyer appearing for many Congress workers today, before the Supreme Court mentioned and sought a hearing in Karnataka political crisis case. Chief Jutice Ranjan Gogoi, heading the three judge-bench, asked the representative to remain present when the same matter would be taken up for hearing today.

The apex court had on Thursday asked Ramesh Kumar to evaluate and decide on the MLAs’ resignations by midnight. The Speaker, however, filed a plea ruling out any immediate decision, saying he cannot be expected to work at “lightning speed”.

The rebel MLAs, who met the Speaker at Vidhan Souda in Bengaluru, have returned to the posh hotel in Mumbai.

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