Assembly speaker uncertain on authenticity of resignations after meeting karnataka’s rebel MLAs


  • The Supreme Court has directed the 10 rebellious Congress MLAs to speak to Karnataka assembly speaker at 6 pm today.
  • As many as 16 MLAs — including 6 from Janata Dal (JD) — have offered resignation.
  • The MLAs accused assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar for not accepting their resignation.
Amid the ongoing political crisis over mass resignations in Karnataka, the Supreme Court directed the 10 rebellious Congress MLAs to stand before the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6 pm today.

Until then, the Apex court asked the Karnataka DGP to provide protection to the MLAs — including Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkhiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, BC Patil, ST Somashekar, Arbail Sivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, HD Vishwanath and Narayan Gowda.

All India Congress Committee(AICC) registered a complaint against them for illegally staying at a hotel in Mumbai. The MLAs alleged that Ramesh Kumar, the Karnataka Assembly Speaker was not willing to accept their resignation, even when they are in accordance with the provisions in the Indian constitution.

As many as 16 MLAs — including 6 from Janata Dal (JD) — have tendered resignations. This comes after the resignation by Congress MLA R Roshan Baig, which happened on Tuesday.

"I don't understand what is the urgency for BJP. There have been instances where such impasses have taken months to be resolved. Whatever the pressure, I am not going to move an inch away from the law and procedure," Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar told The Hindu.


A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will conclude on the resignation from the rebel MLAs. “We are now 15 MLAs who want to resign but there is no formal acceptance by Speaker. Idea is not to defect, but resign so that we can go back to public and contest,” said Mukul Rohatagi, former Attorney General appealed to the bench on behalf of the resigned MLAs.

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