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

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

He said the speaker questioned the MLAs' move to approach the apex court and asked them to "go to hell" in front of the media.

Kumar had made the same point on Thursday, while questioning the court's powers to issue directives to a Speaker on the discharge of his or her Constitutional duties.

"I am deeply hurt with the news of 10 Congress MLAs shifting allegiance to the BJP and joining the party ahead of some of them being inducted in the state cabinet", he was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Resignations of the remaining five MLAs were in order and so the Speaker asked three of them to meet him yesterday and agreed to hear two other MLAs on July 15 to ensure that they had resigned from their Assembly seats voluntarily and genuinely. "You can not put your ego before him (Pramod Sawant) or say if you do not do my work I will throw the government".

Kumaraswamy said that the Assembly will discuss several other matters and absent MLAs will be disqualified under the "anti-defection law". He says Supreme Court is nobody to give directions.

Dhavan also added that the Speaker had to conduct an enquiry to ascertain that the resignations were genuine and voluntary.

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Asked why allies are being dropped from the cabinet, the chief minister said the decision has been taken as per directives of the central leadership.

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

It also directed the Karnataka director general of police to provide protection to the rebel MLAs from Bengaluru airport to the Assembly after their arrival from Mumbai. "If he can't decide on resignations, then it is a brazen case of contempt". Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who is representing the ten rebel MLAs said that the Karnataka Speaker was acting in a partisan manner.

A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was told by the counsel of Anil Chacko Joseph, Karnataka Youth Congress leader, that the resignations by the rebel MLAs were nothing, but a kind of defection and sought a hearing as an intervenor.

According to The News Minute, the MLAs who entered the speaker's office were Ramesh Jarkiholi, Munirathna Naidu, Byrathi Basavaraj, S.T. Somashekhar, B.C. Patil, K. Gopalaiah, Shivaram Hebbar, Narayana Gowda, A.H. Vishwanath, Prathap Gouda Patil and Mahesh Kumatahalli. They have been camping in the city since last Saturday after resigning and withdrawing support to the 13-month-old JD (S)-Congress government in Karnataka, bringing it to collapse, almost.