Bengaluru: The top court is all set to pronounce its verdict in relation to the disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs on Wednesday (November 13). 
While the disqualified MLAs are on tenterhooks, there are two likely scenarios that might emerge in the judgement. They are: 

Scenario 1:  Disqualifications upheld, but resignations accepted: Bypolls to continue 

Scenario 2: Disqualifications set aside, resignations not accepted: No need for bypolls  

As many as 14 Congress MLAs and 3 JD(S) MLAs decided to quit their parties which had formed the coalition headed by the then CM HD Kumaraswamy. Many of them had alleged that the CM had not been heeding to their pleas and hence took the extreme decision. 

One such disqualified Congress MLA MTB Nagaraj of Hoskote had even targeted HD Revanna, HD Kumaraswamy’s elder brother of interfering in matters not related to his ministry. 
After these MLAs resigned, they flew to a hotel in Mumbai, where troubleshooter DK Shivakumar made futile attempts in bringing them back. 

Interestingly, the resignations of all the seventeen MLAs were rejected by the then Speaker Ramesh Kumar and he went to the extent of disqualifying all of them till the end of the current term 2023. 

The disqualified MLAs then approached the supreme court seeking its permission to contest the bypolls to be held in December. However, the court, which sought a detailed hearing on the issue, took up the matter late last month. 

Meanwhile, the bad blood between former CM Siddaramaiah and his alleged proteges like Sudhakar, the disqualified MLA from Chikkaballapur continues to grow. 

He openly declared before the media that it was Siddaramaiah who had played a role in their disqualification through the then Speaker Ramesh Kumar. 

Once these disqualified MLAs tendered their resignations and opted to absent  themselves from the trust vote that HD  Kumaraswamy sought, his government fell  to a minority and lost the trust vote 99 – 105.