Karnataka Political Crisis: Supreme Court asks Speaker to take decision on resignations of rebel MLAs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked 10 rebel Congress-JDS MLAs of Karnataka “to meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6 pm Thursday and submit their resignations if they so wish.” The court also said the Karnataka Speaker has to take a decision Thursday.

“The decision taken by the Karnataka Assembly speaker has to be intimated on Friday when the court takes up the matter again,” the apex court said. The court asked the Speaker to decide on the MLAs’ resignation during the course of the day.

Karnataka Mass Resignations

The SC said security would be provided to the MLAs. It directed the Karnataka DGP to provide protection to 10 rebel MLAs from Bangalore airport to the Assembly on their arrival from Mumbai.

DK Shivakumar to take action against Mumbai hotel

Meanwhile, Karnataka Minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar who returned to Bengaluru Wednesday and is staying at a guest house said that since the hotel in Mumbai rejected his reservation after making him stand for hours together, he will be taking a legal remedy to protect his rights.

Shivakumar, Karnataka’s water resources minister and Congress leader, landed in Mumbai early Wednesday and drove to the luxury Renaissance hotel where rebel MLAs from his state are stationed.

He was on a mission to woo back the rebel MLAs and save the 13-month-old Congress-Janata Dal-Secular government in Karnataka.

Police prevented him from entering the hotel and his plea that he had booked a room in the suburban property failed to elicit any response from police officials.

Elected representatives of the Maharashtra Congress were busy making veiled attacks against each other while Shivakumar sat precariously on the hotel boundary wall with his feet dangling over a stormwater drainage opening after being stopped from going inside.

Just a handful of Mumbai Congress leaders came to meet Shivakumar

Just a handful of Mumbai Congress leaders, including Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora, Naseem Khan, Ganesh Yadav (city Youth Congress president) and one local corporator, came to meet Shivakumar when he was detained and taken to a guest house in Kalina campus of the Mumbai University.

State-level Congress leaders were conspicuous by their absence and these included some who were hosted by Shivakumar in 2002 when the government of then Congress Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in Maharashtra was on the verge of collapse.