Ten rebel Karnataka lawmakers, heavily protected by policemen, briskly walked to the Speaker’s chamber in the state assembly Vidhana Souda on Thursday holding blank papers and rewrote their resignation which, if accepted, will leave the ruling Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition in a minority. “They have submitted their resignations,” Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar told reporters after the one-hour meeting.
Asked whether he had accepted the resignations, which he had rejected on grounds of wrong format, the Speaker said: “You cannot expect me to work at lightning speed. I have to go through the procedure as per the constitution. I need to examine these resignations all night and ascertain if they are genuine.”
The Supreme Court had ordered him to meet the rebel lawmakers, who have been in Mumbai since Saturday, and make up his mind on whether he would accept their resignation.