In another twist in dramatic Karnataka politics, Speaker has disqualified all 14 rebel MLAs who resigned as legislators which eventually led to the fall of the HD Kumaraswamy led coalition government.
The Speaker reportedly disqualified the legislators following the provisions of the Anti-defection law of the 10th schedule. Such disqualification strips the legislators off their status and they cannot contest again for the remaining term of the present Assembly that approximately means a 46 month period.
This comes a day before the BJP, led by BS Yeddiyurappa is supposed to prove his majority in the house on Monday. After proving the majority, BJP legislators were even mulling on moving a no-confidence motion against the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar.
BJP will hold a legislative party meeting on Sunday to take a decision regarding the no-confidence motion against the speaker. Sources reveal that the current Speaker was discretely asked to give up the post voluntarily.
However, BJP lawmakers told that on Monday BS Yeddiyurappa will first seek a vote of confidence in the house prove his majority and then pass the finance bill before calling for a motion against the speaker.
GT Devegowda, said a section of lawmakers from JD(S) are ready to support the BJP government form outside on Friday in order to have a stable government in Karnataka.
On the other hand JD(S) Chief HD Devegowda and Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy dismissed the talks of JDS offering to support the BJP either from outside or inside.
HD Kumaraswamy in fact proposed that the party should play the role of a responsible opposition and lend only support the BJP in good work. He wrote on twitter “I have observed the baseless news of JD(S) joining hands with the BJP. These speculations are far from the truth and neither our legislators need to give it credence.”
In the event of the Speaker voluntarily giving up the post, the BJP will need to appoint a pro-tem speaker to seek the trust vote.
Political drama unfolded in Karnataka after 16 MLAs tendered mass resignations to ensure the fall of the 14 month old Congress-JD(S) coalition. They even moved the Supreme Court to mount pressure on the Speaker to decide on the resignations.
After a heated debate in Vidhan Soudha, the Congress-JD(S) coalition lot the trust vote on Tuesday with 99 votes which is way behind the half way mark. Following the trust vote, the BJP led by BS Yeddiyurappa met the governor to stake claim to form the government to which the Governor gave his assent.