Karnataka Speaker disqualifies 14 rebel MLAs a day before BS Yediyurappa’s Trust Vote

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.


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