K’taka Crisis: Siddaramaiah Meets Rebel MLA Ramalinga Reddy
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BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday, 14 July, said that he will request Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy to resign immediately.
Meanwhile, Rebel Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj, who had announced that he will stay with the Congress, was seen taking a chartered flight to Mumbai on Sunday.
On Saturday, 13 July, senior Congress leaders including DK Shivakumar, and deputy CM G Parameshwara met with Nagaraj to convince him to withdraw his resignation.
Five more MLAs on Saturday moved the Supreme Court against the Speaker for not accepting their resignations.
Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar said he will take a call on trust vote sought by CM Kumaraswamy by Monday, 15 July.
- The Supreme Court on Friday, 12 July, ordered status quo with regard to resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs
- The top court will hear the matter at length on Tuesday, 16 July
- A call on the date and time of the trust vote called by CM Kumaraswamy will be taken on Monday, 15 July when the Assembly session resumes
14 Karnataka MLAs Stationed near Pune, Waiting for Speaker's Decision on Resignation
Fourteen MLAs of Karnataka's ruling coalition are in a place about 90 km from Pune and will wait for the Speaker's decision on their resignations before taking a call on proceeding to Goa or returning to Bengaluru, sources told PTI.
The 14 MLAs, at the centre of the crisis in the JD(S)-Congress government, had been staying in a luxury hotel in Mumbai and left on Monday evening for Goa.
But they are presently stationed at a location 90 km from Pune, towards Satara, in Maharashtra, the sources said.
Congress Urges Speaker to Disqualify MLAs Colluding With BJP
After the Congress Legislature Party meet ended in Bengaluru, Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the party has decided to file a petition with the Speaker to disqualify the MLAs who have colluded with the BJP.
He added, “We also request that not only should they be disqualified but they should not also contest election again for 6 years. That is one of the prayers in our letter.”
He said, “According to us it is anti-party activity. They have colluded with the BJP and these people are trapped. Even now I request them to come back. Withdraw their resignation.”
Congress MLA Roshan Baig Resigns
The Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, on Tuesday, 9 July, suffered another blow following the resignation of Shivajinagar Congress MLA R Roshan Baig.
"Today I have submitted my resignation from the Karnataka Assembly to the Speaker," Baig told reporters at Vidhana Soudha after coming out of the office of Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.
The suspended Congress MLA made it clear he would not fly to Mumbai or Delhi, unlike the other disgruntled MLAs who have camped in a Mumbai hotel.
"I am not going to Mumbai or Delhi. Being the chairman of the State Hajj committee, I am going to the airport to oversee arrangements for the Hajj pilgrims," Baig said.
Will Not Accept Resignations Unless Given Personally: Karnataka Speaker
Asked whether he would accept the resignations submitted to his office, Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar said, "If everything happens through postal correspondence, then I'm not required at all." He had earlier said that no MLAs have sorted appointment with him.
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