In a set-back for Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy ahead of the Trust Vote on July 18 in the Karnataka Assembly , the Supreme Court has directed that the 15 rebel Congress and Janata Dal-Secular MLAs “ought not” to be compelled to take part in the proceedings of the Karnataka assembly.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi further said Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar was free to decide on the resignations of the rebel legislators within the time-frame decided by him.
The court also said the speaker’s decision be put before it.
BJP’s BS Yeddyurappa lauding Supreme Court verdict said , “All 15 MLAs who have resigned cannot be issued any whip and there is no condition to attend the Vidhan Sabha. That means Kumaraswamy will no longer have the mandate.
Certainly the Government will not last because they do not have the numbers. I welcome the Supreme Court verdict, it is a victory of Constitution and democracy, it is a moral victory of MLAs.”