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Karnataka Speaker Disqualifies 14 More Rebel MLAs Ahead Of Confidence Motion

BS Yeddyurappa will take oath as Karnataka CM at 6 pm today

In a dramatic move, the speaker disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs on Sunday ahead of confidence motion in the assembly. After taking oath as new CM of the state, Yediyurappa has to prove his majority today.

Despite this new development, he is confident of proving majority in the House. He said, ” I will prove my majority hundred percent on Monday.” He further said that he would table the finance bill prepared by JDS-Congress coalition government on the floor of the house without making any change in it.

The speaker of the House K.R. Ramesh Kumar disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs on Sunday thus increasing the total number of disqualified MLAs to 17. Prior to it on Thursday, he had disqualified three rebel MLAs for six years. As per reports, after forming the government in the state BJP has asked Ramesh Kumar to quit as speaker of the House. Party has even threatened to bring a no-confidence motion against the speaker if he doesn’t quit willingly. Disqualifying the MLAs, the speaker Ramesh Kumar said, “where did we come. The way I am being pressurized mentally to deal with all these things…I am pushed into a sea of depression.”

On the other hand, a senior leader of BJP said that Ramesh Kumar has been conveyed to quit his post. Usually, a member of the ruling party becomes the speaker of the House. If he refuses to follow the rules, he may face a no-confidence motion against him. B.S. Yediyurappa has to prove his majority on 29th July.

JDS has refused to support him. Meanwhile, the three rebel MLAs Ramesh El Jarkiholi, Mahesh Kumathalli and independent R. Shankar disqualified by the speaker on Thursday have announced to move the Supreme Court against his decision. The Speaker had said, “these rebels cease to be MLAs with immediate effect till the expiry of 15th assembly (i.e. 23 May 2023)” adding, “with responsibility and fear I have taken this decision”

After the disqualification of 14 more MLAs, the total strength of the House has come down to 211 and Yediyurappa has to show the support of 106 MLAs to prove a majority. In such circumstances, support of rebel MLAs is very important for him.

One of the rebel JDS MLA Vishwanath said, “this decision of the speaker is against the law. We along with other disqualified MLAs are going to move the Supreme Court on Monday. He further said, “only on the ground of whip issued to them, you can’t force the MLAs to attend the assembly proceedings. We are going to move the SC on Monday.” Contrary to their claims, Congress Legislature Party leader Siddarmaiah has termed the speaker’s decision as “a victory for democracy” in his tweet.

News Source: PTI

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