Karnataka Mass Resignations: Rebel MLAs say they will not go to Assembly

New Delhi: The rebel Karnataka MLAs in Mumbai said they would honour the Supreme Court’s verdict. “We all are together. We stand by our decision. There is no question of going to the Assembly,” they said.

The Supreme Court directed on Wednesday that the 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs “ought not” to be compelled to take part in the proceedings of the Karnataka Assembly, which is slated to decide the confidence motion moved by the H D Kumaraswamy-led state government on Thursday. 

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A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi further said Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar was free to decide on the resignation of the rebel legislators within such time-frame as deemed appropriate by him. The court also said the speaker’s decision be put before it.

The bench, while pronouncing the order, said it was necessary to maintain the constitutional balance in the matter. The court said other issues raised in the matter would be decided at a later stage.

(With Agency Inputs)