Soon after disqualifying three rebel MLAs, Karnataka Assembly speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Sunday disqualified another 14 rebel Congress MLAs under the anti-defection law.
The latest move was just a day before the newly formed Yediyurappa-led BJP government going to face a trust vote in the state assembly.
On Thursday, two days after the collapse of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance government in the state, the Speaker had disqualified three rebel MLAs.
Kumar, speaking at a press conference, said that this is not drama or manipulation. “I have been behaving in a manner in which a gentleman has to behave,” he said.
Responding to a question on the BJP planning to seek his disqualification, Kumar said: “Let it come. Why should I be worried?”. Party sources had said on Saturday that the BJP was contemplating bringing a no-confidence motion against the Speaker if he does not voluntarily vacate the post.
"We will move the no-confidence motion against the Speaker if he himself does not resign," a senior state BJP leader said.
In a sudden turn of events, Yediyurappa staked claim and formed the government on Friday, barely 24 hours after the Speaker disqualified three rebel MLAs while keeping the decision pending on 14 others.