NEW DELHI: As the Karnataka political crisis played out in the Supreme Court today, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that rebel lawmakers were "hunting in pack" to destabilize his government. The rebels argued that their resignations must be accepted by the Speaker, that they could not be "forced to attend the assembly".
The court was hearing the case of 15 lawmakers of the Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition whose resignations, if accepted, will leave the government in a minority. They have accused Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar of sitting on their resignations to buy time for the shaky coalition.
"The Speaker has to take notice of the fact that 15 MLAs (lawmakers) are hunting in pack...they went to the hotel together," said senior lawyer Rajeev Dhavan, representing the Chief Minister.
"Every MLA who went to Mumbai wants to be a minister. It is a pack of 10 MLAs. It isn't about the Speaker vs the Court but the Chief Minister vs somebody who wants to become Chief Minister," he said, referring to the rebels who have been staying in Mumbai since they resigned on July 6.
He said the Speaker was bound to conduct an inquiry on whether the resignation letters were "genuine and voluntary".