Kolar, Nov 13: Former Karnataka Speaker and MLA K R Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday expressed "sigh of relief" as the Supreme Court upholds its decision to disqualify 17 Congress- JD(S) MLAs.
Speaking to the media at Srinivas Prasad in Kolar district he said that,' the decision of disqualification of MLAs was upheld and this would be a lesson to legislatures who ditched the party resulting in bringing down the coalition government in Karnataka and it's a sigh of relief (for me)'.
He further said the court also given MLAs some sort of relief for allowing them contest by elections.
On the issue of tenure (of disqualification), 'Supreme Court has not agreed to my interpretation I will speak on that after going through the text of the judgement," Mr Kumar stated. He further stated that, it has gone by the tenth schedule, keeping in mind the political and constitutional morality.
The Apex court upheld the disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka on orders of the Speaker but allowed them to contest the December 5 by polls in the state. The court struck down the portion of the order of the Karnataka Speaker in which the legislators were disqualified till the end of the 15th Karnataka Assembly in 2023.
In July this year, 17 MLAs were disqualified by Mr Kumar based on the complaint of Congress and JD(S) after their absence and resignation from the Assembly during the trust vote leading to the collapse of then H D Kumaraswamy-led government. Mr Kumaraswamy was leading a Congress-JDS coalition government. (UNI)