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Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: Youth Congress leader moves SC, tells Court resignations nothing but defection

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Karnataka political crisis LIVE updates: Youth Congress leader moves SC, tells Court resignations nothing but defection

Amid deepening coalition crisis in Karnataka, action shifts to Delhi on Friday with the Supreme Court likely to hear Speaker's plea to give him more time. The SC will also hear the plea of the rebel MLAs. Follow this space for live updates.

There seems to be no end to the political crisis in Karnataka anytime soon. We saw an action-packed Thursday -- the rebel MLAs in the crisis-hit ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition flew to Bengaluru to meet Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar. The Speaker moved Supreme Court asking for more time to decide on these MLAs' resignation and Chief Minister HD Kuramaswamy put up a brave face claiming his government still has the numbers and he does not need to resign.

Today looks no different.

The rebel MLAs, who met the Speaker at Vidhan Souda in Bengaluru, have returned to the posh hotel in Mumbai. In Delhi, the Supreme Court will hear Speaker's plea to give him more time. The apex court had on Thursday asked Ramesh Kumar to evaluate and decide on the MLAs' resignations by midnight. The Speaker, however, filed a plea ruling out any immediate decision, saying he cannot be expected to work at "lightning speed".

Will Kumaraswamy be able to hold onto his state? IndiaToday.in brings you all the latest updates of Karnataka political turmoil.

Here are the LIVE updates:

11.18 am: BJP MLAs have been asked to assemble in Yeddyurappa's chamber before stepping into the assembly: Sources to India Today

10.57 am: What more proof does the speaker need, asks rebel MLAs counsel Mukul Rohatgi

Rebel MLAs counsel Mukul Rohatgi has slammed the Karnataka Speaker for asking more time to accept resignations.

10.13 am: Whip notices outside homes of all rebel MLAs.

9.50 am: Speaker should take decision on resignation of MLAs at earliest: BJP

Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said the Speaker of the Karnataka Assembly should take a decision on the resignation of the MLAs at the earliest and should not drag the ongoing constitutional crisis in the state.

Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar has 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".

"... speaker should take the decision at the earliest since they (MLAs) have submitted their resignation in person. There should not be any reason to further drag the constitutional crisis in the state," he told reporters at the Parliament premises.

8.43 am: Karnataka Speaker to meet 3 rebel MLAs at 4pm today.

8.41 am: SC to take up plea of rebel MLAs

The Supreme Court will hear the petition filed by 10 rebel MLAs of the Congress and JD(S) alleging that the Karnataka Speaker was not accepting their resignations deliberately.

8.29 am: Karnataka rebel MLAs returned to Renaissance - Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel late last night.

8.18 am: The monsoon session of the Karnataka legislature begins today.

8.16 am: Speakers says resignation in right format now

In Bengaluru, Speaker Ramesh Kumar said the MLAs had submitted their resignations in the "right format" and he will have to examine whether they are "voluntary and genuine."

The Supreme Court had asked the speaker to take the decision "forthwith" on Thursday on resignation of rebel Congress-JD(S) coalition MLAs.

8.15 am: 14 rebel Karnataka MLAs return to Mumbai hotel

Fourteen rebel MLAs from Karnataka returned to a luxury hotel here Thursday after submitting their resignations to the Assembly Speaker in Bengaluru, a local BJP leader said.

The MLAs have returned to the Renaissance hotel in suburban Powai and they would be staying there for another two days, the leader said.

"They submitted their resignations before the Speaker of Karnataka Assembly today [Thursday] and now they are back in Mumbai," the BJP leader added.

THE CRISIS

The resignation of 16 MLAs (13 from Congress and three from JDS) has pushed the coalition government in Karnataka to the brink of collapse.

Two independent MLAs have also withdrawn support to the coalition government.

The disgruntled Congress MLAs maintained that they have not quit their party and have only resigned from the assembly.

Of the 16 MLAs who have resigned, 13 are from Congress and three from JD(S). The coalition's total strength is 116 (Congress-78, JD(S)-37 and BSP-1), besides the Speaker.

With the support of the two independents, who resigned from the ministry on Monday, the BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House, where the half-way mark is 113.

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

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