Ahead of trust vote on the floor of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, then Speaker Ramesh Kumar had disqualified 17 MLAs of ruling the Congress-JD(S) coalition.
The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on the pleas of 17 disqualified Congress and JD(S) MLAs of Karnataka today. The MLAs had challenged the orders of the then Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar to disqualify them.
The verdict will be pronounced by a three-judge bench of justices NV Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari. The court had on October 25 reserved its verdict. Ahead of trust vote on the floor of the Legislative Assembly, then Speaker Kumar had disqualified 17 MLAs of ruling the Congress-JD(S) coalition. JD(S) leader and then CM HD Kumaraswamy had resigned after losing the trust vote. The BJP then formed the government under the leadership of BS Yediyurappa.
Since these 17 MLAs were disqualified and their seats fell vacant following the disqualification, the Election Commission was bound to hold fresh elections in their respective constituencies. The poll body has announced bypolls to 15 out of these 17 assembly seats on December 5. Results will be announced on December 9. Candidates are required to file their nomination papers between November 11 and November 18. All the disqualified MLAs recently approached the top court seeking a direction to the Election Commission to postpone the bypolls till the pronouncement of verdict in the matter.
Meanwhile, incumbent Karnataka Assembly Speaker V Hegde Kageri has already told the Supreme Court that he has no difficulty in hearing these 17 MLAs and take a “fresh call” on the issue.
On the other hand, the Congress has expressed confidence that the Supreme Court judgment will be in its favour. Senior Congress leader Dinesh Gundu Rao said his party is sure that the judgement will be in its favour and claimed many MLAs from the BJP are fed up of the present government as well.