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10 rebel Goa Cong MLAs formally join BJP in Delhi

10 rebel Goa Cong MLAs formally join BJP in Delhi

On the opening day, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy said that he was ready to face a floor test as is being demanded by the BJP, which says the ruling coalition has lost majority in the 225-member House after it lost support of 18 legislators since July 6.

The Court further noted that an incidental question that would arise was the kind and extent of the directions that should be issued by a constitutional court to another constitutional functionary, which in the present case happened to be the Speaker of the Assembly.

Four Goa MLAs, including three Congress rebels who joined the ruling BJP a couple of days ago, would be inducted in the Cabinet on Saturday, sources said on July 12.

While the ten MLAs and Lobo returned here from Delhi, Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on the issue of mining in Goa Friday evening, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order.

The Supreme Court had on July 11, 2019 had directed the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly KR Ramesh Kumar to decide on the resignations tendered by the rebel MLAs forthwith.

The bench asked if the speaker had the power to challenge the Supreme Court's order.

Singhvi argued that the disgruntled MLAs' intention in giving resignation is something different, and it is to avoid disqualification.

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"The atmosphere is chaotic and the fall of the government is imminent", the state BJP chief said. "He also says he has to study the resignations...."

"This decision has been taken by taking the central leadership into confidence". He added that the court could not direct the Speaker to decide on disqualification proceedings in a particular manner and within a time frame.

If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the coalition's tally will be reduced to 100.

He submitted that the order passed in the morning was based upon submissions made by the rebel MLAs without reference to several directly relevant articles of the Constitution, which oblige the Speaker to perform his constitutional duties under the Article 190 (1) (B) as well as the 10th schedule of the Constitution.

The Speaker submitted that the rebel MLAs who have approached the apex court have cast aspersions questioning his integrity which are completely "false and frivolous".

After rebel MLAs appeared before him on Thursday evening, Karnataka assembly speaker Ramesh Kumar said he needs to examine if the resignations that they submitted are "voluntary or genuine".


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