Bengaluru: The political drama in Karnataka took another twist on Saturday, as five more legislators knocked on the doors of the top court stating that they were being pressurised to attend the session and support the Janata Dal (Secular) or JD(S)-Congress coaltion government in the proposed trust vote.
The legislators also filed individual affidavits to state that they had resigned voluntarily, in person, and should be considered as "genuine" that would require no further investigation by the speaker, who was yet to give an order on the developments.
Anand Singh, R.Roshan Baig, N.Nagaraj (M.T.B.), K. Sudhakar and Muniratha have already rendered their resignations to the assembly speaker.
The legislators moving SC a day after H.D. Kumaraswamy sought a trust vote in the ongoing monsoon session of the state legislator that could either make or break the one-year-old coalition government.
The party whip has asked all legislators to be present in the assembly or face disqualification and other action under anti-defection laws.
"The disqualification proceedings are been used to threaten and intimidate the MLAs. It is stated that on one hand the Hon'ble Speaker is not acting upon the resignations and on the other hand a whip has been issued by the Governing party threatening disqualification for failure to attend the legislature proceedings starting from 12 .7. 19," the five legislators said in their petition to the SC.
The developments came after speculations of a possible BJP and JD(S) coalition gathered steam. One section believe Kumaraswamy's request for a trust vote was to spook the BJP as he believed that the rebels would return and save the government. Another state that the trust vote is to divert the attention while it moves ahead with a possible alliance with the BJP.
Legislators of all three parties are currently lodged inside high-end hotels in Bengaluru to shield them from being poached by the other side.
Meanwhile, Nagaraj has said that he will reconsider his decision after senior Congress leaders met him on Saturday.
However, in their individual affidavits, the legislators have said that they are being pressurised to support the government even after resigning.
"I state that in order to keep the coalition Government afloat, the honorable speaker, presumably has been pressurised against acceptance of the resignation and as a result I am compelled to continue as a member of Karnataka legislative assembly and to support the corrupt government against my will," Baig said in his affidavit.
Around 10 rebel legislators are hold up in a Mumbai hotel and are refusing to come back to Bengaluru even though the coalition is trying to win them over.
If the resignations are accepted,the coalition would be reduced to 100 (excluding the speaker) while the BJP has 107 seats including the support of the two independent legislators.