Bengaluru, July 28 : The disqualified 14 Karnataka Legislative Assembly members have decided to move the Supreme Court for justice over Speaker disqualifying them under Anti-Defection Act, which was contrary to the interim order order issued by it before the JD-S-Congress government lost its trust vote last week.
One of the rebel MLA Pratap Gowda told newsmen here on Sunday that “we are still remain united and will move the court for justice since the Speaker’s action is against the Constitution.”
“We have submitted our resignation letters on our own and before the whips were issued, but the Speaker without mentioning about the decision on our Resignation letters has disqualified on the complaint by the Party that we were involved in anti-party activities which is far from truth”, he added.
He said that Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, who has told several times that he will not work on Saturday and Sunday being holiday and have several personal and family works to attend, has chosen to announce the disqualification on Sunday, ‘’We don’t know what pressured him to make such move, just before the BJP moved its trust vote on mondayh, or on whose behest he took this decision’’..
Earlier in the day, the Speaker announced adding 14 more rebel MLAs to the list of three disqualified MLAs made on Friday.
BJP General Secretary and former Minister C T Ravi termed the Speaker’s decision was uncalled far and leads to several doubts. “May be he has made such a move to take revenge against somebody. However, I am confident Supreme Court will do Justice on the issue,” he stated.
BJP MLA V Somanna in his reaction said “Speaker Ramesh Kumar has gone against the Constitution norms and has taken the decision to disqualify in a hurried manner. However, we have full faith in the Supreme Court and we will get the justice”.
According to sources the rebel MLAs staying in a hotel in Mumbai nearly three weeks are expected to return on Tuesday and hold a joint press conference to disclose who are behind their move.(UNI)