Karnataka Floor Test Live Updates: Minutes after Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa won the trust vote against his government in the Assembly, Speaker K R Ramesh Monday tendered his resignation from the House. Handing over his resignation letter to Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy, Kumar said during his 14-month-long tenure as Speaker, he had worked according to his “conscience” and in accordance with the Constitution. “I have upheld the dignity of office to the best of my ability,” he added.
Meanwhile, moving the confidence motion, B S Yediyurappa said he will not be involved in vindictive politics and requested Opposition’s cooperation. “Forget and forgive is something I believe in. I love people who oppose me as well,” he said. Countering him, former CM and Congress leader Siddaramaiah said BSY lacks the mandate of the people and that his government is unconstitutional. “We hope you will be the chief minister but there is no guarantee of that. You are with the rebels, can you give a stable government? It’s impossible!” he said.
Two of the 17 disqualified MLAs, on the other hand, want the Supreme Court to examine Speaker’s decision. All the disqualified MLAs were associated with the rebellion against the Congress-JD(S) government headed by H D Kumaraswamy and were expecting to be inducted into the BJP cabinet. The disqualification bars the legislators from contesting Assembly polls for the term of the current Assembly — 46 more months unless mid-term polls are called — and also bars them from holding constitutional posts during this period.