The Congress-JD(S) coalition government which is on the verge of collapse has now effectively been paralysed. The chief minister, HD Kumaraswamy finds his powers frozen after the orders of Governor Vajubhai Vala.
Even as emergency cabinet meeting in Karnataka is underway, Governor Vajubhai Vala has instructed the state's chief secretary to not implement any major decision taken by the cabinet immediately, sources said. He has instructed him to wait as the government is in minority, the sources added.
As per sources, a delegation of the BJP met with the Governor in the last couple of days and told him that no major cabinet decision should be allowed knowing that the state government is on the verge of collapse, owing to which there could be major decisions pushed which could be malafide and that some transfers could be done that could benefit parties which are currently ruling.
Earlier on Thursday, CM Kumaraswamy had begun his cabinet meeting saying that the ministers from the coalition will attend as they submitted resignation to party president but not to him.
The coalition government is on the verge of a collapse as 16 MLAs have resigned with sources saying four more of them will also quit by Thursday. The Supreme Court has ordered the rebel MLAs to appear before the Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and submit their resignations personally and clarify that it was given voluntarily. The order was applicable to the ten MLAs only and not the Independent MLAs. The DGP Karnataka has been ordered to provide security to all the ten MLAs when they land in Bangalore from Mumbai.
"The matter was heard by the CJI's bench which has accepted the MLAs matter and has told them to appear at 6 PM today at the Speaker's chambers. This means they will fly from Bombay to Bangalore. The Speaker will give them an audience as that was our case that he did not give them an audience. The Speaker will pass an order on the plea of resignation which will be placed in the court tomorrow. DGP Karnataka has been ordered to provide security to all the 10 MLAs when they land in Bangalore," Supreme advocate Mukul Rohatgi said.