In yet another setback to the ruling JD(S)-Congress Karnataka government, Karnataka Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar has confirmed on Wednesday, that two more Congress MLAs Dr. K Sudhakar and MTB Nagaraj have tendered their resignations in the prescribed format, bringing the total number of resignations tendered to 16 MLAs of the ruling state government.
"They have tendered their resignations, which are in the prescribed format and I have directed my office to fix an interview with them on July 17 at 3 PM and 4 PM respectively," said Kumar.
Responding to the rebel MLAs plea filed in the Supreme Court against Kumar for delaying the acceptance of their resignations, Kumar said that there was no delay adding that he was no fool.
"I don't know. Where is the delay? 6th they gave their petition, 7th is a holiday, 8th I was not in town, 9th I have scrutinized and today is 10th. Do you want me to do it on 5th itself before they gave the resignation? People are fools, I am not a fool," he said.
On Tuesday, amidst the relocation of the current MLAs to resorts to curb defection, the Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar had said that of the 13 resignations he had received, 8 are not filed according to the law.
In retaliation, the rebel MLAs, represented by Supreme Court advocate Mukul Rohatgi have filed a plea before the CJI Ranjan Gogoi accusing the Speaker of having malafide intent of trying to save minority Congress-JD(S) government in the state.
Rohatgi will be facing peer, Singhvi, who previously represented the Opposition on the EVM issue, as he represents the current ruling Karnataka government.
Current Scenario of Karnataka state government
On 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.