The day is going to be a crucial day in the political drama that has been going on in Karnataka for several days. The motion of confidence will be tabled in the Karnataka Assembly today. That will decide the fate of the current Congress-JDS ruling coalition. The 14-month-old government is facing a majority crisis due to the revolt by 16 coalition MLAs.
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Congress 13 MLA, as well as three JDS MLAs, have announced withdrawal of support from the government. The rebel MLAs approached the Supreme Court for not accepting the resignation by the speaker. The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that 15 Congress-JD(S) rebel MLAs could not be forced to participate in the ongoing Assembly session. The court's face is being seen as favouring rebel MLAs in political circles.
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However, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on Wednesday held that Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is free to take a decision on the resignation of MLAs under Article 190. The bench said that we do not want to put any restriction on the rights of the speaker. The speaker, as per his convenience, can decide on the resignation of the MLAs.
Meanwhile, a little respite for the alliance came when a rebel MLA and senior Congress leader Ramalinga Reddy announced the withdrawal of his resignation and asked him to vote in favour of the Kumaraswamy government during the vote of confidence in the Assembly. On the other hand, other rebel MLAs said that they will not withdraw their resignation at any cost.