Karnataka rebel MLAs seek SC order for floor test on Monday

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Kumaraswamy had on July 19 contended that as a outcome of the apex court's interfering with the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, the Governor was interfering in the conduct of the trust vote and dictating terms to the Assembly.

The bench's remarks came when senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the two legislators - R Shankar and H Nagesh, said he has filed a new petition in the Karnataka matter and sought its urgent listing.

"It is apprehended that the chief minister of Karnataka, who is heading the minority government, may make himself scarce from the proceedings on July 22, 2019". Speaking to reporters, Mr Shivakumar said: "JD (S) leaders are not averse to Mr Kumaraswamy being replaced by Congress leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, Siddaramaiah, Parameshwar or myself".

On Monday, all eyes will be on the top court as Mr Kumaraswamy and the Congress had moved the court on Friday, accusing the Governor of interfering with the Assembly proceedings when the debate on the trust vote was underway by issuing two deadlines for the trust vote. Thirteen from the Congress and three JD (S) lawmakers have resigned. The call, placed at about 6pm, was a plea for help and both chief minister HD Kumaraswamy and his father asked for the Uttar Pradesh MP's intervention, said people in the know on condition of anonymity.

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He even said MLAs in Mumbai have been separated, with one group in Lonavala, and the others holed up elsewhere. "We have no plans of coming back to Bengaluru to vote in favour of the confidence motion, nor will we withdraw our resignations which were given to the Speaker last week", they said.

Confirming that motion will be put to vote on Monday, state Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao said the trust vote would be put to vote after discussion on Monday and everything would be decided.

The remarks from the dissenting ruling side MLAs came a day ahead of the crucial trust vote in Karnataka assembly on Monday.

The 15 Karnataka rebel Congress and JD-S legislators and 2 Independents on Sunday filed an joint petition in the Supreme Court seeking direction to Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar and Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to hold the trust vote by 5 p.m. on Monday. However, now, as the number of disgruntled MLAs in the Congress party is increasing, Kumaraswamy has made a decision to offer the CM post to the Congress party.

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