Karnataka, July 22: After a lot of speculation, Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has clarified in the Assembly that he will have to pass a ruling today and the trust vote will take place today. According to an ANI update, he has been quoted saying, "I was delayed as I was checking the Supreme Court order". Karnataka Speaker Summons Rebel MLAs Tomorrow, Floor Test May Be Deferred Again.
He further urged the legislators to maintain the dignity of the Assembly and said, "In your speeches, today, make sure that dignity of Assembly is kept alive. These are time stalling tactics being used. It harms the image of Assembly, Speaker and also the image of you as MLAs."
Check the tweets by ANI here:
Karnataka Speaker: In your speeches today, make sure that dignity of Assembly is kept alive. These are time stalling tactics being used. It harms the image of Assembly, Speaker and also image of you as MLAs. https://t.co/XXpeGrIwBL
— ANI (@ANI) July 22, 2019
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar today had summoned the rebel MLAs to meet him at his office at 11 am on July 23. The Speaker asked rebel legislators to meet him after the JDS-Congress coalition government sought their disqualification. This again gave rise to speculations that the trust vote is not taking place today. However, with the Speaker now saying that he will give his ruling today, the picture is clear.
The Supreme Court has refused to give an early hearing to the plea of two Independent Karnataka MLAs seeking directions to the Speaker to conclude the floor test before 5 pm today. Ahead of the vote, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy had appealed the rebel MLAs to “return” and to explain the Assembly how the BJP “sabotaged democratic edifice and destroyed its sanctity.”.