10 MLAs who had approached the Supreme Court met Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar at 6pm amidst tight security around the Vidhan Soudha. Section 144 had been imposed. After the meet, JDS MLAs headed back to Mumbai. The Speaker said he would to have examine if the resignations by ruling coalition MLAs were voluntary and genuine. He did confirm that resignations in the correct format had been submitted.
Unaware of the court’s order, the speaker of Karnataka Assembly moved to the Supreme Court seeking more time to pronounce a decision on the serial resignations. However, it went in vain as the apex court refused an immediate hearing of the case.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court heard the plea of rebel MLAs and directed the state police to provide tight security for them. The Apex Court has directed the Karnataka Assembly speaker to decide on the resignations during the course of the day and has asked for a copy to be submitted. The Supreme Court will now hear the matter on Friday.
Owing to the political crisis in Karnataka and Goa, the Congress once again created nuisance in the Parliament disrupting the proceedings of the house. The Members of the Congress party even staged a protest outside the Parliament building.
The ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka is on a brink of a collapse, and is getting weaker with each passing day. On Wednesday two more MLAs, TMB Nagraj and K. Sudhakar also submitted their resignations, taking the tally to 16. If the resignations get accepted the majority of the ruling alliance will come down to 100. The alliance desperately needs a figure 105 to save itself.