The Supreme Court Orders Karnataka’s rebel MLAs to meet Speaker at 6 pm today

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The Supreme Court Orders Karnataka’s rebel MLAs to meet Speaker at 6 pm today

With 16 legislators submitting their resignations, the Congress-Janata Dal government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse. The Cabinet is expected to meet later in the day.

As Wednesday turned out to be a day of political drama in Bengaluru and Mumbai, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy held meetings with party leaders, besides attending a pre-scheduled public function organised by the Labour Department.

Meanwhile, in a detailed press note, the Chief Minister attacked the BJP for “violating all democratic principles and transgressing civil order”.
The Supreme Court, which heard the plea of 10 rebel MLAs, ordered them to meet the Speaker in person at 6 pm on Thursday. The apex court also asked the Speaker to grant them an audience, hear them, and take decision forthwith or in the course of the day.

The court directed the Speaker to inform his decision on Friday. It also ordered Karnataka DGP to grant protection to the rebel MLAs.

Following the order, the rebel MLAs are expected to reach Bengaluru from Mumbai.