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News18 Daybreak | SC to Hear Plea of 10 Rebel MLAs, Karnataka Speaker Today and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For

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Updated:July 12, 2019, 8:57 AM IST
News18 Daybreak | SC to Hear Plea of 10 Rebel MLAs, Karnataka Speaker Today and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For
Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar addresses a press conference after meeting with rebel MLAs at his chamber, at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru. (PTI)

Today's Big Story

Amid deepening crisis, action shifts to Delhi as SC hears plea of 10 rebel MLAs, speaker today

The political turmoil in Karnataka spilt over to Thursday as Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar, despite a Supreme Court order, ruled out any immediate decision on the resignation of rebel MLAs in the crisis-hit ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition, saying he cannot be expected to work at “lightning speed”.

In total, 16 MLAs (13 from the Congress and three from the JDS) have resigned over the last week, pushing the coalition government to the brink of collapse. The top court will today take a decision on the Speaker’s application seeking extra time on the resignations along with the pleas of the rebel MLAs today.

Follow the live updates here.

Top court orders: Earlier on Thursday, the Supreme Court asked the Speaker to decide by Friday about the resignation of 10 rebel MLAs, allowing them to meet him at 6 pm. The ten rebel lawmakers then rewrote their resignations and re-submitted them to the Speaker.

Kumar, however, said that he requires additional time to go over the resignations as constitutional procedures have to be adhered to. He also moved the top court seeking extra time to “verify” the resignations.

Of assurances: Despite the high drama, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy reiterated that the coalition in the state would remain steady despite efforts to destabilise it. “We are confident and prepared for a smooth and fruitful conduct of legislative sessions,” he wrote in a tweet.

The monsoon session of the Karnataka legislature is also slated to begin from today.

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CBI raids: The CBI on Thursday raided the residence and offices of senior lawyers Indira Jaising and Anand Grover, who run the Lawyers Collective, in a case of an alleged violation of rules in receiving and utilising foreign aid. Jaising, however, slammed the investigations saying that they are only being targeted for the human rights work they’ve done.

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