B. S. Yeddyurappa

The rebel legislators were disqualified by the then speaker K R Ramesh Kumar in July earlier this year under the anti-defection law after they tendered their resignation.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the decision of the then Karnataka speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to disqualify 17 rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs under the anti-defection law but said that they can contest the upcoming by-elections in the state.

Earlier on Friday, the Congress party opposed India signing the RCEP agreement, saying it will be the "third big jolt" to the Indian economy after demonetisation and GST and will result in liberalising Chinese imports to the Indian market.

Shah had triggered a political row on Saturday when he had said that it is important the country had one language reflecting its identity and only Hindi could unite the country.

Making an emotional opening statement, Kumar also reiterated his "non-partisan" commitment towards the post occupied by him and said that he will take an impartial decision irrespective of attacks aimed at him.

Speaker Ramesh Kumar adjourned the House saying the directive of the Governor applied to the Chief Minister and he cannot be forced by any time constraints.

A BJP delegation headed by Jagadish Shettar submitted a memorandum to Governor Vajubhai Vala requesting him to direct the Speaker to go ahead with the trust vote.

BJP is offering money and ministerial berths. Everybody knows that even on earlier occasions that they offered money. This is why I questioned where this money came from, who has given this money. With this money and power, they are trying to destabilise a duly elected government under the provisions of the Constitution. Some of our MLAs have fallen into this trap

This type of activities (were) are going on in Karnataka. Today they thought that it is high time to come out of that party and resign from the legislator's post because they felt that continuing as MLA (is) not good in larger interest of the constituency and the state. So they have resigned