Karnataka rebel MLAs camping in Mumbai hotel flew back to Bengaluru


MUMBAI: Karnataka rebel MLAs staying at a luxury hotel in Mumbai flew back to Bengaluru on Thursday afternoon to meet the Assembly Speaker.


According to the sources, the legislators boarded a special flight to the Karnataka capital at 2.50 pm.

The development came after the Supreme Court allowed the rebel MLAs of the Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka to meet the Speaker at 6 pm to convey to him their decision to resign.

Meantime, Karnataka speaker KR Ramesh Kumar moved to the Supreme Court and seeks more time to decide on resignations of 10 rebel MLAs.

The Speaker said he won't be able to verify resignations within the deadline set by the SC.

The Supreme Court, however, rejected the urgent hearing plea saying that it has already passed the order and added that the plea will be heard on Friday.

The rebel MLAs were camping a hotel in Mumbai since Saturday evening after resigning as legislators and withdrawing support to the 13-month-old government in the southern state.

On Wednesday, they had moved apex court alleging that the Karnataka Speaker was not accepting their resignations.

The Karnataka Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the Assembly is 113.

The JD(S)-Congress coalition's total strength in the state assembly, including those who have put in their papers, is 118 --Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP one and two Independents, besides the speaker.

The BJP has 105 MLAs in the House.

The Congress-JD(S) coalition is making all efforts to protect its government which seems to have fallen short of a majority.



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