Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Goa meltdown: 10 ex-Congress MLAs join BJP in presence of Nadda

Goa meltdown: 10 ex-Congress MLAs join BJP in presence of Nadda

"Why should I resign?"

Swamy's tweet presumably referred to the recent political developments in Goa where as many as 10 out of 15 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) of the Indian National Congress broke away to merge with the ruling BJP on July 10.

However, Mr. Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order.

The MLAs boarded a luxury bus from the HAL airport and proceeded towards the Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat.

Mumbai: The rebel Karnataka MLAs, who flew to Bengaluru to submit their resignations to the speaker, returned to Mumbai Thursday night.

If Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar accepts their resignations, the ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition will lose its majority in the Assembly. "He also says he has to study the resignations...."

The coalition government, which has been shaky since it came into being a year ago after a post-poll arrangement in the wake of a hung verdict, is facing a serious crisis now with 16 MLAs - 13 of the Congress and three of the JD (S) - resigning from the Assembly.

Six more Congress lawmakers who resigned, did not go to the top court against the Speaker.

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In a bid to clear the air after the GFP ministers were asked to resign, the BJP's coalition partner, on its Twitter handle, said the matter will be "sorted out amicably".

The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said the Constitution bench would start hearings from Tuesday.

The bench told Singhvi that Kumar's application will be heard on Friday.

The Speaker has sought vacation of the ex-parte order passed on Thursday morning, asking him to take a decision on the resignation of the 10 MLAs during the course of the day i.e. 11 July. All that the Speaker is saying is that under Article 190 he is entitled to check if the resignations are voluntary, genuine and bona fide.

"It is only after such enquiry/process that the satisfaction of the Speaker can be reached", he submitted.

He stated that the question which therefore requires to be decided by the Speaker is whether any disqualification has been incurred by the MLAs concerned prior to the submission of the resignation letter. The Speaker was doing his duty.

The 10 rebels, including seven of the Congress and three of the JD-S, had petitioned the apex court on July 10 that the Speaker was deliberately delaying acceptance of their resignations they submitted to his office on July 6.

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