Crisis in Karnataka: rebel MLAs can not be forced to participate in a vote of confidence, says SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the rebels of the Karnataka IRS can not force themselves to participate in a vote of confidence scheduled for tomorrow.
The Cabinet, led by Supreme Court Judge Ranjan Goghaj, further said that the Karnataka Assembly President KR Ramesh Kumar was free to decide on the resignations of dissident lawmakers.
The court ruled that the discretionary power of the president in deciding on the issue of resigning 15 MLAs should not be obstructed by instructions or observations.
The panel, which also included Judges Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose, said it was necessary to maintain a constitutional balance in that matter.
Lawyer Mukul Rohathi, MLA lawyer in Rebel Karnataka, told the media after the court’s ruling that 15 MLAs would not be forced to attend the House tomorrow. All 15 MLAs have the freedom to be or can not attend the Chamber tomorrow.
The head of the BJP in Karnataka, BS Yeddyurappa, said the coalition government would not last because they lacked the number.

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