K’taka political crisis: SC refuses to dictate speaker on resignation of rebel MLA

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said it can not dictate President Karnataka’s acceptance of the rebels’ resignation to end the ongoing political crisis.
Mukul Rohatagi, an opposition MLA rebel on Tuesday, said that the resignations of the legislators, who abandoned the Congress-JD (S) coalition last week, must be accepted by the President of the Assembly.
He made a statement before the Supreme Court during a hearing about the petitions of fifteen dissident legislators in Karnataka seeking to instruct Assembly President Ramesh Kumar to accept their resignations.
Rohatagi also said that the chairman did not accept the MLA’s resignations because he had an interest. In their submissions, UPP claimed that the president had not made a decision on their resignations in an attempt to force their parties to disqualify them.
A key hearing comes only two days before the vote on confidence in the Karnataka Assembly, where the government’s chief minister HD Kumaraswamy will face the test.
The BJP has already expressed the conviction that the Kongres-JD (S) combine will not be successful in proving the majority of the house. It will form the next government in the country with 105 MLA and support from two independent, the Saudi party said.

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