Karnataka Mass Resignations: Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to meet rebel MLAs at 4pm Friday

Bengaluru: In a fresh turn of events in Karnataka, Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has agreed to meet on Friday three of the five rebel Congress MLAs, who have tendered their resignations in the “prescribed” format.

The meeting is scheduled to be held at 4 pm.

Ten dissident MLAs had met Kumar on Thursday evening after they were directed by the Supreme Court to meet the Speaker and resubmit their resignations in person.

Following the meeting with the MLAs, the Speaker had said that he will consider “to his satisfaction” whether the resignations were genuine and voluntary before taking a decision.

Talking to the media, Kumar dismissed the charge that he was delaying a decision on these resignations to help the government which has allegedly lost its majority.

“I need to examine these resignations (of rebel MLAs) all night and ascertain if they are genuine. The Supreme Court has asked me to take a decision. I have video-graphed everything and I will send it to the Supreme Court,” said Kumar.

Karnataka Political Crisis

The 13-month-old Congress-JD(S) government had earlier this month slumped into crisis following the resignation of 10 MLAs.

Senior lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, representing the Karnataka rebel MLAs said, “We’ll ask the court to implement its order so that the Speaker takes a decision as soon as possible. If all MLAs appeared before him, gave affidavits and moved the SC that they want to resign, what further verification is required I don’t understand.”

(With Agency Inputs)