QBengaluru: Speaker Says Can’t Be Rushed on Resignations & More
1. On SC Nudge, Speaker Says He Can’t be Hurried on Exit Letters
The political crisis in Karnataka entered its sixth day on Thursday, 11 July, with the Supreme Court seeking a decision on the resignations of rebel MLAs by the day-end and speaker KR Ramesh Kumar reserving his say, declaring he was not “under the obligations of anyone” and that he “did not want to commit mistakes”.
Amid the political uncertainty, the monsoon session of the Assembly begins on Friday. BJP has decided to raise the issue of the resignations after the obituary references, saying the Kumaraswamy government has lost its majority. Even as the ball remains in the speaker’s court on the fate of the rebel MLAs – and that of the government – a lot depends on how the Supreme court reacts to Kumar wanting to give himself more time to decide whether the MLAs’ resignations are voluntary and should be accepted.
2. Karnataka Speaker vs Rebel MLAs: SC to Hear Pleas Again on Friday
The Karnataka political crisis escalated on Thursday, 11 July, as the rebel MLAs and Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar both approached the Supreme Court with competing claims.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will hear the matter again on Friday, 12 July, with the decision of the court set to play a key role in the fate of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s government.
Several MLAs belonging to the Congress-JD(U) coalition government have attempted to resign over the previous week, prompting the crisis in the state. If the resignations of the rebel MLAs are accepted, the coalition could lose its majority in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
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3. Amidst Political Crisis, Kumaraswamy Govt Gives Nod to Multiple Infra Projects
The Karnataka cabinet headed by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday, 11 July, green lit multiple infrastructural projects amidst the recent power crisis in the state that has even reached the Supreme Court.
The cabinet appeared confident of holding on to power, though Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar was asked by the court to decide on the resignation of the rebel MLAs of the ruling combine.
Speaking to reporters following the meeting, Krishna Byre Gowda, who is the Rural Development Minister, said, “We will table the finance bill tomorrow. Party whip will be issued today. The opposition has every right to ask for counting of votes for the finance bill. Let them do it. If the opposition wants they can move a no-confidence motion as well. We will prove the majority.”
(Source: The News Minute)
4. IMA Fraud: HC Issues Notices to State, CBI and SIT
The high court issued notices to the state, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Special Investigation Team (SIT) while hearing a petition filed by Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner B M Vijay Shankar.
Shankar was arrested by the SIT in connection with the IMA scam. Justice Dinesh Kumar issued the notices in response to the petition filed by Shankar who sought a CBI probe into the case. The petitioner had urged the court to quash the notification forming the SIT issued by the government on 12 June, and stay all further proceedings in pursuance of the notice dated 6 July, issued to him.
He also urged the court to stay all proceedings initiated against him before the city civil court.
(Source: Deccan Herald)
5. Day After Buildings Collapsed, Owners, Contractor at Large
A day after the collapse of two buildings on Hutchins Road, Thomas Town, killed five people, including a toddler, police on Thursday, 11 July, said the owners of the two structures, an architect and a contractor were on the run.
Pulakeshinagar police, acting on a complaint by BBMP official Sudarshan Shetty, had on Wednesday registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the four men.
The BBMP assistant executive engineer, Maruthi Sevanagar subdivision, said in his complaint that the buildings caved in around 2am on Wednesday. He requested police to take action against Mohammed Shoeb A Hameed and Mohammed Imtiaz A Hameed, owners of the buildings, contractor Syed and architect BM Sridhar.
6. ‘Shameful Power-Mongering’: Bengaluru Fumes Over Political Crisis
As Karnataka’s political crisis is spiralling out of control for the sixth consecutive day, citizens are fuming over the lack of governance and accountability in the state.
“It is a travesty of democracy because people have voted to be governed, this coalition has not governed at all since the time that it was formed last year. There are many instances of impropriety as far as the Constitution is concerned,” added Urs.
The Supreme Court on Thursday, 11 July, directed the ten rebel MLAs who petitioned the SC regarding the delay in Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s acceptance of their resignations, to appear before Kumar at 6 pm on the same day. With more resignations in the offing and CM Kumaraswamy reportedly adamant about not stepping down, the woes of citizens are likely to escalate.
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