Bengaluru: While most of the political leaders have expressed their opinions on the Supreme Court’s verdict in connection with the 17 disqualified MLAs, former Karnataka Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar has also expressed his views.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, November 13, he said, “I welcome the Apex Court’s verdict and I am unaware as to how it has dealt with the case and given its verdict. Being disqualified is not something that one can be proud of, as tendering a resignation and getting disqualified are two different things. Resignation has a value, but disqualification is a punishment. The Court has upheld the disqualification of the 17 legislators.”
Explaining about the possible fate of the disqualified MLAs, Kumar said, “In the 10th Schedule (Anti-Defection Law) of the Indian Constitution, it is clearly mentioned that the legislators involved in anti-party activities are eligible to be disqualified till the next Assembly is initiated. The current Assembly will be in place till 2023. Keeping all these factors in mind, I had disqualified them.”
“I’m not a petitioner or a defender in this case. I will also not urge for any review. The Congress party will take the necessary decision,” he added.
Meanwhile, he opined that the Court should not have given the disqualified MLAs a chance to contest in the electoral process.
It can be recalled 17 MLAs from both Congress and the JD(S) had rebelled against their respective parties and tendered their resignations, claiming that they weren’t happy with the coalition government. Inspite of several notices by former speaker Ramesh Kumar, the rebel MLAs had not responded. Reports had claimed that all the 17 MLAs were pulled towards the BJP through ‘horse trading’. Taking all this into consideration, the speaker had rejected their resignations and used the provisions under the ‘Anti-Defection Law’ against the rebels subjecting them to disqualification.