Karnataka Political Crisis highlights: The Supreme Court delivered its verdict on the pleas filed by 15 rebel MLAs of the Congress and JD(S) seeking a direction to Karnataka assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to accept their resignations. The apex court said that the Speaker cannot be forced to take a decision, and he could decide on the resignations within an appropriate time frame.
The 14-month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government in the state would be reduced to a minority in the assembly if all the resignations are accepted. The coalition would then have 101 members in the House, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would go up to 105.
Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy will face a trust vote on Thursday and his government could collapse if the Speaker accepts the resignations of the rebel MLAs. The Supreme Court has said that the 15 MLAs aren’t compelled to participate in the trust vote.