The crisis in Karnataka is likely to continue for at least a couple of days more as the Supreme Court has ordered the speaker of Karnataka assembly K.R. Ramesh Kumar to maintain status quo till July 16, the date of next hearing. Besides, JDS-Congress combine has sought for a trust vote on the floor of the house most likely to be held on Monday.
During the hearing on Friday, the Apex Court pulled up the speaker and asked him whether he was challenging the court. This must be noted that the speaker had held a press conference in clear violation of the orders given by the Supreme Court.
After the Supreme Court’s strong-worded observations the speaker became defensive and gave a clarification that the delay in accepting the resignations was not a tactic of dilly-dallying the issue, rather he was checking the legal aspects of the way the resignations were tendered. He assured that he will act as per the provisions laid down in the constitution.
On the other hand, rebel MLAs are adamant on their decision. They have reiterated that they won’t back down under any pressure. They claimed that their resignations were tendered on proper formats and there was no point of any legal disqualification.
The rebels still holed up in a Mumbai hotel, have blamed the speaker of taking the side of the govt. The counsel for the rebel group Mukul Rohatgi has demanded action on the speaker Ramesh Kumar claiming that the resignations were tendered properly. Contrary to him senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi came to the defense of the speaker saying that the post of the assembly speaker is constitutional.
Meanwhile, in an important development, the chief minister H.D. Kumarswami sought for a floor test in the assembly and said that in the present scenario it doesn’t deem fit for him to continue in the office.
Congress, the ally of the JDS led state govt., too wants an early trust vote and issued a whip on Friday for its members to be present in the house during the floor test. The party is likely to send its MLAs to any resort to avoid horse trading. The floor test is most likely to be held on Monday, the 15th of July.