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Karnataka crisis: SC asks Rebel MLAs to appear before speaker by 6 PM

New Delhi | Supreme Court has ordered the Rebel MLAs of Karnataka’s Congress-JD(S) coalition govt to appear before the Speaker by 6 PM on Thursday.

The apex court has asked the speaker to grant an audience to all rebel MLAs at once at the said time.

All the MLAs will now fly to Bengaluru and reach Speaker Ramesh Kumar’s office by the said time.

The SC bend, headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, has requested the speaker to inform the court of the developments by Friday when the court will resume hearing on rebel MLAs’plea.

The Rebel MLAs had moved Supreme Court against the Speaker, accusing him of “deliberately delaying” their resignation letters.

Earlier, the Speaker had said that 8 of the resignation letters will not be accepted as they are not in the format.

Thirteen MLAs — 10 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) — submitted their resignation to the Speaker’s office on July 6 triggering a fresh political crisis in the JD(S)-Congress coalition government in the state. Another Congress MLA R Roshan Baig resigned on Tuesday.

The ruling coalition’s total strength is 116 (Congress-78), JD(S)-37 and BSP-1, besides the Speaker.

With the support of the two independents, who on July 8 resigned from the ministry, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113.

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