BENGALURU: Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme court order on the political crisis in the state.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday said the 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs are not compelled to participate in the trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly on Thursday.
He said that it was a moral victory for the rebel MLAs, whose resignations have pushed the ruling Congress-JDS coalition to the brink of collapse.
Yeddyurappa underlined that the political parties cannot issue a whip to the 15 rebel lawmakers, who have resigned their Assembly membership, and they cannot be compelled to attend the House proceedings.
“The apex court gave its verdict keeping all the facts about Karnataka in mind”, he said.
Yeddyurappa told reporters that Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will have to resign on Thursday when he will face the confidence vote in the Assembly.
"When there is no majority, the chief minister will automatically resign tomorrow," he said.
The BJP president also emphasised that the speaker has been directed to take a decision at the earliest and submit his order to the Supreme Court.
"I welcome the Supreme Court decision. It is a victory of the Constitution and democracy. It is a moral victory for rebel MLAs”, Yeddyurappa said.
"It is only an interim order and in the future, the SC will decide the power of the speaker. It will set a new trend in the parliamentary democracy," he added.
With inputs from PTI