Karnataka Speaker disqualifies three rebel Congress MLAs

Karnataka Speaker disqualifies three rebel Congress MLAs

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Bengaluru, July 26, 2019: Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar disqualified three rebel legislators with immediate effect till the end of the 15th Vidhana Sabha.

The Speaker disqualified Congress legislators Ramesh L. Jarkiholi and Mahesh Kumathalli, representing the Gokak and Athani constituencies in Belagavi district, and KPJP legislator R. Shankar, representing Ranebennur in Haveri district, under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution.

Speaking at a press conference late on Thursday, Mr. Ramesh Kumar promised to take a decision on the resignation of the 13 other rebel legislators “in the next couple of days”. He added, “I know this matter will go to court.”

The Speaker’s decision adds a new dimension to the already fluid situation. “They have been disqualified with immediate effect and till the expiry of the legislative Assembly (2023 or otherwise, if dissolved early). They cannot enter the 15th legislative Assembly again,” the Speaker said. The disqualification was initiated against them under paragraphs of 2 (1) (a) of the Tenth Schedule, read with Article 191(2), he added.

While the disqualification proceedings against Mr. Jharkiholi and Mr. Kumathalli have been initiated based on the Congress’s petition against them on February 11, the proceedings against Mr. Shankar are based on the party’s complaint on July 7. (UNI)