New Delhi, News24 Bureau, July 11: The Supreme Court has at last given a direction to the rebel MLAs in Karnataka. It has asked Congress-JD(S) lawmakers in Karnataka to meet the Assembly Speaker by 6 pm and submit their resignations "if they so wish."
Earlier the rebel lawmakers had filed a plea in the top court saying the Speaker was not accepting their resignations deliberately as the political crisis in the southern state showed no signs of abating.
The Supreme Court says Karnataka Speaker has to take a decision in remaining part the day. The Court also ordered the DGP of Karnataka to provide protection to all the rebel MLAs and adjourned the hearing for tomorrow.
Supreme Court asks 10 rebel Congress-JDS MLAs of Karnataka "to meet the Karnataka Assembly Speaker at 6pm today and submit their resignations if they so wish." SC, says, "security would be provided to the MLAs."
Shivakumar may seek legal recourse against Mumbai hotel :
Karnataka Minister and Congress leader DK Shivakumar who returned to Bengaluru yesterday and is staying at a guest house says that since the hotel in Mumbai yesterday rejected his reservation after making him stand for hours together, he will be taking a legal remedy to protect his rights.
Shivakumar, Karnataka's water resources minister and Congress leader, landed in Mumbai early Wednesday and drove to the luxury Renaissance hotel where rebel MLAs from his state are stationed.
He was on a mission to woo back the rebel MLAs and save the 13-month-old Congress-Janata Dal-Secular government in Karnataka.
Police prevented him from entering the hotel and his plea that he had booked a room in the suburban property failed to elicit any response from police officials.
Elected representatives of the Maharashtra Congress were busy making veiled attacks against each other while Shivakumar sat precariously on the hotel boundary wall with his feet dangling over a stormwater drainage opening after being stopped from going inside.
Just a handful of Mumbai Congress leaders, including Sanjay Nirupam, Milind Deora, Naseem Khan, Ganesh Yadav (city Youth Congress president) and one local corporator, came to meet Shivakumar when he was detained and taken to a guest house in Kalina campus of the Mumbai University.
State-level Congress leaders were conspicuous by their absence and these included some who were hosted by Shivakumar in 2002 when the government of then Congress Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in Maharashtra was on the verge of collapse.
With Agencies, Pic Google