Bengaluru: The resignation of 14 rebel legislators of the ruling Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) is likely to cast a shadow on the monsoon session of the state Legislature which will be held from July 12 to 21 as all of them have decided to stay away from the proceedings.
This, according to sources, may pose problems for the coalition government to ensure the safe passage of the Finance Bill seeking the nod of the House for expenditure for the next four months. Already, rebel Congress lawmakers, Mr Bhairati Basavaraj, Mr S.T. Somashekar and Mr B.C. Patil have confirmed their non-participation in the monsoon session since they have put in their papers and want Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar to accept the resignations.
In the 224-member Assembly, the strength of the Congress is 79 (including Speaker), Janata Dal (Secular) has 37, Bharatiya Janata Party 105, BSP one plus two Independents.
After the resignation of 14 legislators and the withdrawal of support by two Independents, the strength of the coalition government has dwindled to 103 while the Bharatiya Janata Party's tally has risen to 107 with the Independents extending their support to the party.
Sources claimed that the MLAs who have already put in their papers, by remaining absent, could also violate the whip issed by their respective parties to be present at the time of passing the finance bill. The Bharatiya Janata Party considering the numbers it has in the Assembly, can prevent the passage of the finance bill and ensure the government cannot spend money from August 1.
As per rules, the finance bill for the next quarter, has to be approved before July 31.
Considering the risks involved, the coalition government may take up the finance bill on the first day of the session and get it passed through a voice vote before the House is adjourned sine die.
This option is being discussed seriously among the coalition partners and a finaldecision may be taken by Thursday, sources said....