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Yediyurappa Wins Trust Vote, Speaker Ramesh Kumar Resigns From His Post

The political crisis in Karnataka that lasted for almost a month is over now. The newly appointed Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa comfortably won Confidence Motion by voice vote on Monday.

The House expressed confidence in his three-day-old ministry. The JD(S)-Congress combine didn’t press for a division on the one-line motion moved by Yediyurappa as the numbers game favored the BJP govt, in the trust vote. Keeping in view the majority, the Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar declared that the motion had been passed by a voice vote. With this, the Yediyurappa government has marked itself safe for at least a few months.

The BJP was expected to have sufficient numbers in the trust vote, as the disqualification of 17 rebel MLAs by the Speaker on Sunday had reduced the effective strength of the 225-member Assembly to 208. Just one day ahead of the trust vote, The Speaker had disqualified 14 more rebel MLAs under the anti-defection law ending their hopes of being inducted into the BJP govt. saying, “The way I am being pressurized mentally as Speaker to deal with all these things, I am pushed into a sea of depression.”

In another dramatic development, the Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar announced resignation from his post soon after the House adopted the Confidence Motion and passed the Appropriation Bill. In an emotional farewell speech, 69-year-old Congress representative from Srinivasapura constituency in Kolar, Ramesh Kumar said, “I have decided to relieve myself from this office….I have decided to resign.” He further said that during his 14 month-long tenure as the Speaker, he had worked according to his ‘Conscience’ and in accordance with the Constitution. He said, “I have upheld the dignity of the office to the best of my ability” After the farewell speech, the Speaker handed over his resignation letter to the Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy.

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This must be noted here that a senior BJP leader had confided yesterday that Ramesh Kumar had been conveyed to quit his post as Speaker. And if he refuses to follow the rules, he may face a No-Confidence Motion against him. As per traditions, usually, a member of the ruling party becomes the Speaker of the House.

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On the other hand, two rebel MLAs of the Congress Party moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar’s decision to disqualify them from the Assembly. The rebel Congress leaders Ramesh Jharkhiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli described the decision taken by the Speaker as illegal, arbitrary and mala fide exercise of his power.

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