The coalition crisis in Karnataka not only stirred drama in Bengaluru and Mumbai but also in Delhi on Thursday.
With the Congress in Delhi alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was involved in poaching their MLAs and destabilising their government in Karnataka to the assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar ruling out any immediate decision on the resignation of rebel MLAs in the ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition, the political crisis took another turn today.
How the drama unfolded
The 14 rebel MLAs flew down from Mumbai to Bengaluru to meet Karnataka assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar as directed by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court asked the Speaker to decide “forthwith” about the resignation of 10 rebel MLAs, allowing them to meet him at 6 pm. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the decision taken by the Speaker has to be intimated on Friday when the court takes up the plea by the rebel MLAs.
Security was beefed up at the Vidhana Soudha from the gates to the Speaker’s chamber. The MLAs were provided with a police convoy to ensure their safety.
The rebel MLAs met the Speaker and handed over their resignation in a proper format and asked him to accept them.