Karnataka Political Crisis: Speaker Moves Supreme Court Seeking More Time To Decide On Rebel MLAs' Resignations
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar (Photo Credits: ANI)

New Delhi, July 11: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking more time to deal with the resignation issue of rebel MLAs. However, the top Court refused an urgent hearing in the matter.  The apex court will hear the matter on Friday. The Supreme Court said, "In the morning we have fixed the matter for hearing tomorrow'. According to reports, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose will hear the plea. HD Kumaraswamy On Karnataka's Political Crisis Says 'What is the Necessity for Me to Resign'.

Meanwhile, the top court directed 10 rebel legislators of the Congress-Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) alliance to meet the state assembly speaker at 6 pm today and submit their resignations again. The court asked Kumar to take his decision over the resignations in the remaining part of the day today and also ordered the DGP of the state to provide protection to all the rebel MLAs. The rebel MLAs had moved the top court on Wednesday against the speaker. Karnataka Political Chaos: Supreme Court Asks Rebel Congress, JDS MLAs To Submit Resignations To Speaker by 6 PM Today

The political crisis in Karnataka deepens, as the strength of the alliance in the Karnataka Assembly dropped to 103 members as two more MLAs resigned on Wednesday. Yesterday, Karnataka Congress leader and minister DK Shivakumar was not allowed to meet rebel MLAs and kept waiting outside the hotel in Mumbai where rebel MLAs are staying. Shivakumar called it a dark day in the Indian democracy.