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    POLITICS Karnataka: Siddaramaiah says floor test on July 18, rebel MLAs seek police...

    Karnataka: Siddaramaiah says floor test on July 18, rebel MLAs seek police protection

    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court agreed to take up the plea of 5 Congress MLAs along with the pending petition by 10 other rebel legislators.

    New Delhi: The political drama in Karnataka seems to show no signs of ending, as on a day when the Supreme Court agreed to hear a plea of five more rebel MLAs, Congress leader Siddaramiah announced there would be a floor test on July 18, while 10 other MLAs wrote to the Mumbai Police ‘for protection’.

    The SC on July 15 said it would hear a plea of five more rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators seeking a direction to the Karnataka Assembly speaker to accept their resignation.

    A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submission of senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, that they also be made parties to the pending petition to be heard on July 16.

    The five are Anand Singh, K Sudhakar, N Nagaraj, Munirathna and Roshan Baig. The apex court had on July 12 restrained Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till July 16 on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs of the ruling Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition.

    Meanwhile, 14 rebel MLAs, who are staying at a Mumbai hotel, have written to Mumbai Police again, seeking protection.

    “We have absolutely no intentions in meeting Shri Mallikarjun Kharge ji or Ghulam Nabi Azad ji or any Congress dignitaries or functionaries from Maharashtra and Karnataka Congress team leader or any other political leader… we anticipate serious threat from them,” the letter says.

    In Bengaluru, CLP leader Siddaramiah has announced the floor test will held at 11am on Thursday, July 18. Even as the Congress-JD(S) coalition is beleaguered with resignations, Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has maintained that his government will survive.

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