Congress says SC ruling on Karnataka crisis 'terrible judicial precedent'

New Delhi, Jul 17 (IANS): The Congress on Wednesday described the Supreme Court order stating that 15 party Karnataka MLAs who have tendered their resignation cannot be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the House as a "terrible judicial precedent".

Congress media in-charge and spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a series of tweets said, "Supreme Court's order nullifying the Whip and by extension, operation of Constitution's Xth Schedule to punish MLAs betraying the public mandate, sets a terrible judicial precedent! Blanket protection to MLA's, who are driven not by ideology but by far baser concerns, is unheard-of."

Questioning the Supreme Court ruling, the Congress leader said, "Does this mean Court can interfere with the working of the State Legislature by deciding when a Whip will be enforced? And abandonment of the Basic Structure doctrine of Separation of Powers?"

"Tragic that Supreme Court didn't appreciate the context and designed history of defections to subvert democratic mandates by Modi government over last 5 years. Supreme Court should recall own judgement of May 2016 striking down the illegal attempt of BJP in Uttarakhand to form government," Surjewala added.

His remarks came soon after the Supreme Court ruled that 15 Congress MLAs, who have tendered their resignations, cannot be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the House.

The top court also said the Speaker is free to decide on the resignation of the MLAs as per the Constitution.

According to the order, the MLAs are free to skip the trust vote in the Karnataka Assembly slated for Thursday.


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  • SmR, Karkala

    Thu, Jul 18 2019

    BJP has launched a ‘ One Nation, One Party’ mission to ensure that no Opposition voice is left to keep a check on its arbitrary action. Once that happens, it will wield power with even more impunity.

    We will win the 2019 polls and after the 2019 victory, nobody will be able to remove us for the next 50 years,” said Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in September, 2018. “After these elections there will be no elections in 2024,” said BJP Lok Sabha MP from Unnao, Sakshi Maharaj. Looking at the political developments in Goa, Karnataka, West Bengal and several other states, it seems that the BJP is in a mad rush to ensure the same.

    There is hardly any doubt that the Narendra Modi and Amit Shah-led BJP has been successful in poaching Opposition legislators and MPs owing to its enormous money power. A source in the Goa Congress said, “In Goa, they dangled three offers in front of our legislators. One, Rs 25 crore plus a ministry. Two, Rs 50 crore but no ministry. And three, Rs 60 crore but no ticket next time. Tell me. How do you combat such money power?” While horse-trading in Indian politics is certainly not new or the exclusive preserve of the BJP, one can be pretty much sure that the BJP is possibly the inventor of a voluntary retirement scheme in electoral politics.

    SC ruling on Karnataka crisis indeed 'terrible judicial precedent and betraying the public mandate. Open acknowledgment of corruption in the heart of democracy. One rule for Uttarkhand and another for Karnataka.
    Shame one countries highest judicial system. I would rather say, instead of BJP, it is Supreme Court of India is more eager to bring down this government.
    In the past Judges killed mysteriously for not taking a favorable decision. But in Karnataka Supreme Court of India is murder the democracy.
    The lady of justice in India is permanently blinded.
    Jai Hind

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  • kumara, abu dhabi

    Thu, Jul 18 2019

    if the judgement is not as you expected then everybody else is wrong...

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  • GM, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 17 2019

    When decision is in their favour all are great , when they are at the receiving end everyone other than ConGrass is biased.
    Surely the congress robot does not know what he is talking about.. Time for Congress Mukth Bharat?

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  • Laaqi, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 17 2019

    Yeah..! Kanoon,law muqth..?

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  • AM, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 17 2019

    Whatever other parties try to do they never win with the current Govt. The BJP Govt so much obsessed to the power they can go any extent with Money power or Muscle power. Other all opposition partied should give up fighting with BJP as there no chance of any success over anything.

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  • Prashanth, karkala

    Wed, Jul 17 2019

    These blames on judiciary is the result of surjiwala parties own blunders!
    Crying now yield nothing!
    For the purpose of retaining power in their hand they colluded very opportunistic party,further they agreed to retain and continue HDK as CM for entire 5 years of term.
    Now paying for their own blunder!
    HDD and his team made everything fine!and ready for next election.
    But congress just put its blood and sweat for growth of its coalition,having big "O" for its own!

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  • asha, mulki

    Wed, Jul 17 2019

    Hello LAW MAKER
    remove the caste system in MANGALORE , thousand of shetty and bunts given hard time to POOR sc community plus other communities now they cannot because everyone have brain now days.
    Please remove caste system give chance for everyone equally .. WHO CREATED CAST SYSTEM here. human not GOD .. stop cast system SPECIALLY IN MANGALORE must need strict law .

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  • sambrat, Kundapur

    Wed, Jul 17 2019

    When 7 jds MLA joined Congress where is hidden this Gulama.....................?

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  • NAVEEN, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 17 2019

    Congress did same thing when they are in power . Karma wont leave you..

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  • Mr Clean, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 17 2019

    15 rebel MLAs have resigned but why are they not free and not in thier own place without any party interfering and holding them as captives. This is forceful confinement and undemocratic way of forming the govt by BJP. By holding captive and restraining these MLAs against thier free will by BJP, SC has come to the conclusion by assuming that they are unwilling to participate in assembly proceedings as there is no communication between them and the SC. Congress should demand and challenge the release and return of these MLAs in SC to their original place of home and duty.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Wed, Jul 17 2019

    Hindustan's democracy become - By the FEKU., For the FEKU., to the FEKU...,

    Only LORD BRAHMA can save Hindustani's..... & Hindustan from the clutches of political ideology which in all likely push towards FEKUSTAN....!!!!

    jai hind.,

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