Karnataka crisis: Will have to examine if resignations are genuine, says speaker after meeting rebel MLAs

Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar

Bengaluru, July 11: Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar on Thursday said he would have to examine if the resignations by the ruling coalition MLAs were voluntary and genuine.

As per the Karnataka Legislature Rules, intended resignation should be "in perfect format," he told reporters after meeting the disgruntled legislators.

"Unfortunately, eight of the 13 letters that reached my office (last week)were not in the format," he said.

Karnataka MLAs

The speaker made it clear that he was neither responsible for the current political situation nor its outcome.

"MLAs have submitted resignation in right format now ... I will have to examine whether resignations are voluntary and genuine," he added.

The speaker said he had earlier informed the legislators that if they are so adamant to resign, they should resubmit their resignations in the prescribed form.

Earlier today, the Supreme Court had asked the speaker to decide "forthwith" on Thursday about the resignation of 10 rebel Congress-JD(S) coalition MLAs, and allowed them to meet him at 6 pm.

Karnataka MLAs

A Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the decision taken by the speaker has to be intimated on Friday when the top court takes up the matter again.

The resignation of 16 MLAs, 13 from the Congress and three from the JD(S), has pushed the coalition government in Karnataka to the brink of collapse.

Two independent MLAs have also withdrawn support to the coalition government.


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