Live Updates

  • 7:41 PM IST

    K’taka Crisis LIVE: The Supreme Court has asked me to take a decision. I have videographed everything and I will send it to the Supreme Court. They (rebel MLAs) told me that some people had threatened them & they went to Mumbai in fear. But I told them that they should’ve approached me & I would’ve given them protection. Only 3 working days have elapsed but they behaved like an earthquake occurred, speaker KR Ramesh Kumar told media after meeting rebel MLAs

  • 7:40 PM IST
    K’taka Crisis LIVE: I need to examine these resignations (of rebel MLAs) all night and ascertain if they are genuine, speaker KR Ramesh Kumar further stated
  • 7:39 PM IST

    K’taka Crisis LIVE: MLAs don’t communicate to me and rush to the Governor. What can he do? Is it not misuse? They approached the SC. My obligation is to people of this state and Constitution of the country. I am delaying because I love this land. I am not acting in haste, speaker told media.

  • 7:16 PM IST

    K’taka Crisis LIVE: On July 6, I was in my chamber till 1.30 pm. The MLAs came there at 2 pm, they didn’t even take prior appointment. So, it’s untrue that I ran away because they were coming, speaker added.

  • 7:15 PM IST
    K’taka Crisis LIVE: I felt hurt when I saw some news that I am delaying the process. Governor informed me on 6th. I was in office till then and later I left for personal work. Before that no MLAs informed that they were coming to meet me, speaker told reporters after meeting rebel legislators.
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  • 6:10 PM IST
    Karnataka Political Live Updates: Ten Rebel Karnataka MLAs arrive at Vidhana Soudha.
  • 5:51 PM IST

    Karnataka Political Live Updates: The speaker has reached the assembly.

  • 3:50 PM IST

    Karnataka Political Live Updates: CM HD Kumaraswamy, Congress leader DK Shivakumar and others inspect security arrangement at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. The rebel MLAs have been directed by the Supreme Court to meet Karnataka assembly speaker at 6 pm today & resubmit their resignations.

New Delhi: Drawing the Karnataka political crisis to some degree of conclusion, Supreme Court on Thursday asked 10 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs to submit their resignations to Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar by 6 PM today.

In addition, the apex court ordered DGP of Karnataka to provide protection to all the rebel MLAs. The top court has now adjourned the hearing on the matter for July 12.

The disgruntled MLAs had filed an appeal on Wednesday against Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar for ‘abandoning his constitutional duty’ and ‘deliberately delaying acceptance’ of their resignations.

Karnataka Assembly speaker on Tuesday had refused to accept the resignations of rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs, saying eight of them were not in the prescribed format and five others needed to explain why their action did not fall under the purview of the anti-defection law.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and sought an urgent hearing on Wednesday.

The petition filed by MLAs claims that the actions of the Speaker “are vitiated by mala fide as evident in his actions”.

According to simple arithmetic, the strength of the House being 224, the government headed by HD Kumaraswamy has lost its majority (112 seats) seats as the resignations have brought down its strength to 103 seats.

“Notwithstanding the same and fearing that the Chief Minister may have to tender resignation for want of confidence of the House, the Speaker is acting in a partisan manner to frustrate the will of the House,” the petitioners had contended.

The 10 MLAs in the petition made two specific prayers before the court — direct the Speaker to accept the resignations and restrain the Speaker from proceeding with the application on disqualification of the MLAs.

The petitioners have also requested the court to pass an order which it may deem fit in connection with the facts and circumstances of the present case.