Karnataka crisis: 2 more MLAs have resigned, says Speaker Ramesh

Karnataka, Speaker, KR Ramesh - The Federal
Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh speaks to media in Bengaluru. Photo - ANI

The political turmoil in Karnataka took a new turn on Wednesday (July 10) with both the government and the opposition engaging in a virtual tug of war to gain an upper hand.

While BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa along with others on Wednesday staged a sit-in outside the Karnataka Assembly demanding the resignation of Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, senior Congress leader and the Congress- JD(S) government’s peacemaker DK Shivakumar who reached the Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai to talk to the rebel MLAs camping there, was barred from entering the hotel by police.

Ten of the MLAs had sought protection from Mumbai police, citing threat to their life by the Congress- JD(S) leaders. Some of them declined to have any discussions with Shivakumar, as he waited outside the Mumbai hotel.

While the hotel on Wednesday cancelled the booking of Shivakumar, citing emergency reasons, the leader, according to sources, told police that he will wait outside until he meets his “friends” and talks to them over a cup of coffee.

The Supreme Court has consented to hear the petition of the rebel MLAs against the Karnataka Assembly speaker, on Thursday.

In the meantime, former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa is all set to sit on a protest in front of the Vidhan Soudha.

Sridhar Acharyulu wonders whether the mass resignations of Karnataka MLAs are constitutional?

On Tuesday speaker KR Ramesh ruling that the resignations of eight MLAs are not in order gave time to the other five MLAS to think over the matter.

Ghulam Navi Azad and BK Hariprasad have been deputed by Congress Parliamentary Party leader Sonia Gandhi to defuse the situation.

The issue rocked Parliament on Tuesday with Congress MPs resorting to sloganeering on the matter. Rajya Sabha got adjourned over the matter.