New Delhi, July 16: As the political drama in Karnataka gets more complicated, the Supreme Court, on Tuesday 16 July reserved its judgment on the resignations of the rebel MLAs. The apex court will pronounce the judgment on Wednesday, 17 July at 10:30 am.
Arguments were heard from the lawyers Mukul Rohatgi, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Rajeev Dhavan - representing the BJP, the Karnataka Speaker and CM Kumaraswamy respectively.
The chief minister also alleged that BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa’s personal assistant Santhosh was with Baig when he was leaving, a charge that was later rubbished by the BJP.
The coalition government is on a shaky wicket with 16 MLAs – 13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) – resigning their Assembly membership.
The SC earlier ordered status quo with regard to resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs
Congress-JD(S) will move trust motion on Thursday, 18 July
"No Point in Speculating Outcome of SC Order": Speaker Ramesh Kumar
Speaker Ramesh Kumar, on Tuesday, 16 July, told reporters that there is no point in speculating what the SC order will be. "Since the court is deliberating, there is no point in me making any statement about my future actions.”
SC Reserves Order, to Pronounce Judgment on Wednesday
Supreme Court to pronounce order on Karnataka MLAs resignation at 10.30 AM on Wednesday, 17 July.
SIT Arrests Suspended Cong MLA Baig, Tweets Kumaraswamy
The special investigation team probing the multi-crore IMA Jewels ponzi scam detained Congress MLA Roshan Baig when he was about to board a chartered plane from the Bengaluru airport, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said Monday.
The chief minister alleged that BJP state chief BS Yeddyurappa’s personal assistant Santhosh was with Baig when he was leaving, a charge rubbished by the BJP.
Baig, the MLA from Shivajinagar, was suspended from the Congress for his alleged anti-party activities as he had rebelled against the party leaders.
Congress Leaders Hold Meeting in Bengaluru
Congress leaders hold meeting in Bengaluru. Discussion on vote of confidence will be taken up on 18 July at 11 am in Karnataka Assembly.
Karnataka MLAs in Mumbai May Skip Trust Vote
The Karnataka rebel MLAs in Mumbai are unlikely to fly to Bengaluru on Thursday when the Congress-JD(S) government would face the floor test, a source involved in coordinating the stay of the legislators said, as reported by PTI.
PTI reported that MLAs staying at the Mumbai luxury hotel do not see any reason to be present at the floor test as they are firm on their resignations.
Confident That the Motion Will Be Defeated and CM Will Resign: Yeddyurappa
BS Yeddyurappa said, “Today at the Speaker’s meeting, we have discussed in detail and CM himself has expressed his desire to move a confidence motion on Thursday. For that we have agreed and we told the Speaker that in between this we don’t want to discuss any business in the Assembly. Let us wait for Thursday. ”
He added, “15 (MLAs) in Mumbai and 2 independents, another 2 persons have promised us, so we have got 100% confidence that the motion will be defeated and CM will have to resign.”
“I am quite confident that BJP government will come into existence in the next three to four days. The BJP will give the best administration in Karnataka," Yeddyurappa told reporters in Bengaluru.