Karnataka Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified 14 rebel lawmakers from the state assembly. Eleven MLAs were from the Congress and three were from HD Kumaraswamy’s Janata Dal Secular.
The disqualification brings down the majority mark in the assembly significantly and to the exact mark of the BJP lawmakers count, 105. The total house strength is now put at 208.
Mr. Kumar said that he would continue with the job as Speaker until a new Speaker is elected.
All the lawmakers have been disqualified from the assembly till the end of its term, which calls for by-elections in all 16 constituencies.
The Congress’s Siddaramaiah and JDS welcomed the disqualifications.
I welcome the decision of spreaker to disqualify 14 MLAs. This honest decision of speaker will send strong signals for all the representatives in the country who might fall for @BJP4India's trap.@INCKarnataka
— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) July 28, 2019
14 Atrupta MLAs of Congress & JDS are disqualified until 2023.
This is a bold and great move by the speaker of Karnataka Legislative assembly. This should be a lesson for all greedy & selfish politicians. Acting against the Constitution of India comes with a price.
— Janata Dal Secular (@JanataDal_S) July 28, 2019
The disqualified rebel MLAs are upset with the Speaker’s decision. Rebel lawmakers have threatened to move to the Supreme Court, saying it goes “against the law”.
Meanwhile, BJP’s BS Yediyurappa staked claim to form the government after the 14 month Congress-JDS coalition government failed to clear the trust vote last week. The new government has decided to face the trust vote on Monday, the 29th of July 2019 @ 10am.
Source : Various