Bengaluru: As all eyes turn to Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar amid the raging political crisis in the state, Kumar has said none of the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs sought an appointment with him before quitting, and the resignations of eight of them are not according to procedure.
“On July 6, I was in office till 12.30pm. None of the legislators sought an appointment with me. They came to the office at 1.30pm and handed in their resignations,” Kumar said.
The fate of the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka depends on the Speaker accepting the resignations of the rebel MLAs.
“Out of the 13 resignations, eight are not according to the prescribed rules under rule 202 of the Karnataka legislature process. If they want to stick to their stance, they should do that in accordance with the rules,” Kumar said.
About the other five MLAs, Kumar said he had asked them to present themselves before him. “I have asked three of them, Anand Singh, Narayana Gowda and Pratap Gowda Patil, to meet me on July 12. The remaining two, Ramalinga Reddy and K Gopalaiah, will meet me on July 15,” he added.
The Speaker also confirmed that he had received a 14th resignation — of suspended Congress MLA Roshan Baig — on July 9, which has been forwarded to the secretariat office for scrutiny.
Kumar said he had also informed the Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Vala, that none of the rebel MLAs had met him. According to Kumar, the Governor expressed confidence that the former would uphold Constitutional values.
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar:Have written to Governor that none of the rebel MLAs have met me. He has expressed confidence that I'll uphold constitutional norms. Out of 13 resignations, 8 are not according to law. I've given them time to present themselves before me pic.twitter.com/KSNInlGwBX
— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2019
Earlier on July 9, former Congress CM Siddaramaiah warned the rebel MLAs to come back or face disqualification. He also claimed that the resignations were ‘not voluntary and genuine.’ Siddaramaiah alleged that not just the state BJP leadership, but even Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi were involved in this attempt of destabilising the government.
The strength of Congress-JD(S) coalition in the Assembly would be reduced to 103 from 118 if the resignations are accepted. The majority mark will drop from 113 to 105. Interestingly, BJP has 105 MLAs in the Karnataka Assembly.
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