The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the 15 dissident Karnataka MLAs cannot be compelled to participate in House proceedings. They may opt to remain out of the proceedings.
The apex court also said that the Speaker can decide on the resignations of the 15 MLAs as and when appropriate. His decision, once taken, has to be placed before the Supreme Court, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ruled.
"We honour the Supreme Court's verdict. We all are together. We stand by our decision. There is no question of going to the Assembly." - rebel MLAs.
The ruling coalition's strength in the House is 117 i.e. Congress 78, JD(S) 37, BSP 1, and one nominated member, besides the Speaker. Now, if the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition's tally will be reduced to 101. BJP, meanwhile, with the support of two Independents, has 107 MLAs in the 225-member House.