The 11-day session of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly began on Friday amid crisis faced by the coalition government following resignation of at least 11 ‘rebel’ members of the ruling JD(S)-Congress coalition.
Opposition BJP members have decided to attend the session and adopt ‘wait and watch’ strategy as the Supreme Court is to take up hearing on Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar’s plea seeking time on acceptance of resignations submitted by disgruntled MLAs of the coalition partners that include eight MLAs from Congress and three from Janata Dal (Secular).
Speaking to media before the session, Opposition Leader BS Yeddyurappa, who is also BJP State President, said, “we will wait for the Supreme Court decision and the party chief whip, Kota Srinivasa Poojary, has issued a whip to all the party legislators to attend the session without fail.”
Chief whips of both the coalition partners have also issued whips to all the MLAs to attend.
The rebel Legislators, who have returned to the city from Mumbai, have submitted fresh resignation letters on Thursday evening to the Speaker as directed by the Supreme Court.
Sources said they would not attend the session.