Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Goa CM asks coalition mins to quit, cabinet reshuffle today

Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2019, 14:17

"The chief minister has spoken his mind that he would not cling to power amid the confusion. This language will not do", Mr Lobo had told reporters.

"Today there are many things happening in our state's politics because of the decisions of many MLAs, which has created a hard situation". You can not put your ego before him or say, if you do not do my work I will topple the government.

The Supreme Court had directed them to meet the Speaker and resubmit their resignations afresh.

"It also requires to be ascertained if the Speaker yesterday sent back the disqualification petitions", the Supreme Court order.

However, the Congress got a rude shock after its MLAs started resigning since last Saturday.

The hearing of disgruntled MLAs resumed in the Supreme Court. The rebel MLAs re-submitted their resignations to him on Thursday here. "If he still does not decide, contempt notice can be issued against him", Rohatgi said.

"The MLAs had come, they said they want to resign, I said they can give. There is no procedure for it".

A defiant Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy yesterday said he was ready to seek trust vote to prove that his JD-S-Congress coalition government had majority in the Assembly.

Six more Congress lawmakers who resigned, did not go to the top court against the Speaker.

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The matter has been mentioned before the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

A day after 10 Congress MLAs in Goa crossed over to the BJP, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday met BJP national president and Union home minister Amit Shah to deliberate over the likely reshuffle of his Cabinet. "We have not taken any decision on coalition partners till now".

On the other side, appearing for the Speaker, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi submitted that the Speaker first had to decide the disqualification proceedings.

While some of the leaders are of the opinion that the decision was taken in the interest of the party, many others feel party's interest should have been protected before taking any such decision.

"I can continue as chief minister after the floor test in view of the prevailing political situation caused by the spate of resignations by some of our legislators", added Kumaraswamy.

Rebel Karnataka MLAs arrive at vidhan soudha.

"Speaker can be given one or two days to decide on the issue of resignations".

"It is only after such enquiry/process that the satisfaction of the Speaker can be reached", he submitted. The Speaker was doing his duty.