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SC refuses urgent hearing on plea by Independent K'taka MLAs for conclusion of floor test

Supreme Court, Karnataka MLA

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to grant an urgent hearing on a petition moved by two Independent Karnataka MLAs seeking a direction for concluding the floor test in the state Assembly before 5 pm today. "We may consider taking up the matter tomorrow, but not today," a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said.

The plea was mentioned before the court by senior advocate and former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi. The two MLAs -- H Nagesh and R Shankar -- who withdrew support to the Congress-JD (S) government in Karnataka, have made state Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and the central government as respondents in their petition.The legislators have sought the enforcement of their fundamental rights under Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution, which they alleged were being "violated with impunity".

They have submitted that a minority government, which does not have the confidence of the majority, is being allowed to continue in office."The actions of the respondents are leading to a constitutional crisis in the state of Karnataka," the plea moved through advocate Diksha Rai stated."The intention of the government is to delay the trust vote and indulge in horse-trading and defections from the BJP in the meanwhile," the plea contended. ANI

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