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Tomorrow the Supreme Court will pass an order on the resignation of rebel MLAs from Karnataka. “I will decide on the disqualification and resignation of 15 rebel MLAs of the ruling coalition by Wednesday, and requested it to modify its earlier order directing him to maintain status quo on the matter.” Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Tuesday told the Supreme Court

Sixteen MLAs of the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) have submitted their resignations since July 1, plunging the state into a political crisis. The two parties have argued that the legislators stepped down to avoid disqualification proceedings. PTI reported.

Kumar’s counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi said resignation cannot be an escape route to avoid disqualification. The legislators have moved the top court against Kumar’s delay in accepting their resignations. “Suppose there is a floor test tomorrow and an MLA wants to resign today which will lead to government falling,” he told the judges. “That resignation is itself disqualification since it is against the party’s interests.”

Lawyer Mukul Rohatgi, who represented the legislators, told the court that the ruling coalition was planning to get the MLAs disqualified by issuing them a new whip during Thursday’s trust vote in the state Assembly, Live Law reported. “The fallacy of their argument is that it is based on my [the MLAs’] motive to resign, which is completely irrelevant,” he said.

Rohatgi said one of the legislators who received a disqualification notice – Umesh Jadhav – had resigned on March 20, Live Law reported. “The Speaker had accepted his resignation,” he added. “Therefore, Speaker himself has in past accepted resignations from MLAs facing disqualification notice.”

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