Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy (PTI file)
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy (PTI file)

Clarify SC order before taking up trust vote: Siddaramaiah

  • Assembly speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar said he would consult the Advocate General and then provide more clarity on the query
  • The SC had said earlier that rebel Congress and JD(S) legislators cannot be forced to attend the trust vote in the state assembly

Bengaluru: Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress legislature party leader Siddaramaiah on Thursday said that it would not be "right" to carry on with the proposed confidence motion until there is clarification over some parts of the Supreme Court order.

The clarification is likely to drag on the confidence motion proceedings and subsequent trust vote, proposed by chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy.

"We should approach the Supreme Court and seek a clarification. Until then taking up the confidence motion will not be right," Siddaramaiah said on Thursday in the assembly.

Siddaramaiah was bringing up the issue as there remains some ambiguity in the apex court’s order on Wednesday over the application of the party whip.

"The order has discussed about my rights as CLP leader to issue a whip but I was not a respondent to present my concerns. As the outcome of the anti-defection law has its implications on the no-confidence motion, I would like to request a postponement of the motion until we secure a clarification from the SC," Siddaramaiah tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

The Supreme Court, hearing a petition filed by 15 rebel legislators, had ruled on Wednesday that the latter may not be compelled to attend the session, raising doubts on the application of the whip and sanctions for violating it.

The court said the 15 legislators "ought not to be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the ongoing session of the House and an option should be given to them that they can take part in the said proceedings or to opt to remain out of the same".

Siddaramaiah said the order influences the 15 legislators and that they will not attend the session when the confidence motion is taken up. He said this would deal a big blow to the Congress and the ruling coalition that is clinging on to power despite 16 MLAs resigning since 1 July.

Assembly speaker K.R.Ramesh Kumar said he would consult the advocate general of the state and provide clarity on the query.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),which claims to have the majority after the defections, accused the coalition of dragging on the process and buying more time.

The session was adjourned for lunch and will reconvene at 3 PM.

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