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Two independent Karnataka MLAs to move SC seeking conduct of floor test

All the petitions are moved at a time when the Karnataka Assembly is debating the confidence motion moved by Kumaraswamy

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy speaks during the assembly session at Vidhana Soudha.  Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is also seen.  Photo: PTI
Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy speaks during the assembly session at Vidhana Soudha. Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar is also seen. Photo: PTI

Two Independent MLAs, who withdrew support to the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka, are going to move the Supreme Court seeking a direction for conducting a floor test forthwith in the state Assembly, their lawyer said.

Independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh said the state has plunged into a political crisis after they withdrew their support to the government and 16 lawmakers of the ruling coalition tendered their resignation.

In their petition, which is likely to be mentioned on Monday, Shankar and Nagesh have sought a direction to the H D Kumaraswamy-led government to hold the floor test on or before 5 pm on July 22, the lawyer said.

"It is submitted that the trust vote is not being conducted despite the government being in minority. It is submitted that a minority government, which does not have the confidence of the majority, is being allowed to continue in office," the Independent legislators said in their plea.

"The petitioners have been constrained to invoke the extraordinary jurisdiction of this court under Article 32 of the Constitution of India seeking a direction from this court to conduct a floor test forthwith in the Karnataka Assembly," according to the plea.

The plea is likely to be mentioned on July 22 for urgent listing.

The Independent MLAs petition came two days after Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy and state Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao moved the top court accusing Governor Vajubhai Vala of interfering with the assembly's proceedings during the debate on trust vote.

Kumaraswamy and Rao had filed separate applications after the deadlines set by the governor to conclude the proceedings of the confidence motion were not met.

They had also sought a clarification of the July 17 order of the apex court by which the 15 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs were granted relief that they cannot be compelled to participate in the ongoing assembly proceedings.

All the petitions are moved at a time when the is debating the confidence motion moved by Kumaraswamy.

First Published: Sun, July 21 2019. 20:15 IST
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