The Supreme Court (SC,) on the 11th of July, is all set to hear a plea filed by 10 rebel Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of Karnataka against Ramesh Kumar, the Speaker of Karnataka Assembly.
According to the MLAs’ petition, Ramesh Kumar is deliberately not accepting the resignations of the MLAs.
On the 10th of July, Ramesh Kumar wrote a letter to Vajubhai Vala and said, he did not accept the resignations of 8 MLAs as they were not in the proper format, whereas he asked the remaining MLAs to meet him.
The MLAs filed a petition and requested a bench of judges to direct Ramesh Kumar to accept the resignations of the MLAs immediately.
A bench of three justices, consisting of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Aniruddha Bose, will review the petition.
The Karnataka Government is facing a crisis as the MLAs of the Janata Dal (Secular) (JD[S]) and the Indian National Congress (INC) resigned from the Parties due to internal disputes. D.K. Shivakumar, the President of the INC in Karnataka, went to Mumbai to meet the rebel MLAs, but it was in vain as he was sent back to Bengaluru.
If the MLAs’ resignations are accepted, it will be a major drawback for the Karnataka Government of the JD(S) as it will act as an advantage for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to be a powerful political force in the State.
The BJP, on the 10th of July, also staged a dharna at the Vidhana Soudha, the Karnataka Assembly, demanding the resignation of H.D. Kumaraswamy, the Chief Minister of Karnataka.
The Supreme Court will listen to the plea shortly, on the 11th of July.
Advocate Mukul Rohatgi will represent the MLAs and advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi will appear on behalf of Ramesh Kumar and H.D. Kumaraswamy.
Stay tuned for further updates.