Following the 10 rebel MLAs move, five more Congress MLAs who have resigned, have moved the Supreme Court on Saturday, as per sources citing that the Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar is not accepting their resignations.
As per the writ petition accessed by Republic TV, the five Congress MLAs moving the apex court are - Anand Singh, Dr. K Sudhakar, N Nagaraju (MTB), Munirathna and Roshan Baig.
Earlier in the day, one of the petitioners - Nagaraju (MTB) met Karnataka CLP chief Siddaramaiah at his residence. Prior to this meeting, he had also met with Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and Congress leader DK Shivakumar.
According to PTI, Shivakumar reached the residence of Housing Minister M T B Nagaraj at about 5 AM and camped there for almost four-and-a-half hours, trying to pacify him. Similar attempts were done to pacify Ramalinga Reddy and Munirathna too.
Earlier on Friday, the Congress-JD(S) coalition had been pushing for a trust vote to be held on Monday in the Vidhan Soudha (State Assembly) floor. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court ordered the Speaker to not make a decision before July 16 when it will decide on larger Constitutional issues with regards to the plea filed by the rebel MLAs over Kumar not accepting their resignations.
As per sources, the BJP wants to wait until Tuesday till the Supreme Court decides on the case before moving on the no-confidence motion. This is since, as per the law, a no-confidence motion can be moved only every six months.
On last Saturday, 13 Congress-JD(S) MLAs had resigned including 1 Independent. The JD(S)-Congress coalition’s total strength came down to 117 after (Congress-78, JD(S)-37, BSP-1 and Independents-1) after Nagesh withdrew his support from the government, besides the Speaker. Adding to this if the 3 MLAs resignations are accepted, the government's numbers will go down to 101.
If the resignations of the 16 Congress-JD(S) MLAs are accepted by the Speaker, the Congress-JD(S) coalition’s numbers will come down to 101, besides the vote of the Speaker. If the Speaker accepts the 16 resignations, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly will come down to 209 out of 225, which will leave the half-way mark to 104. As the saffron party has 107 MLAs in its support now, it can call a trust vote and form a government in the state.