Rebel MLAs should come and give resignations personally: Speaker Ramesh Kumar

Bengaluru, July 9:- Amidst the growing political crisis in Karnataka, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar has decided to play the delaying game. The Speaker said that he will read the rule book and speak to all MLAs who have given their resignation one by one before taking his decision. According to sources, the Congress plans to use this opportunity to convince the MLAs to switch back their loyalties and avert the fall of the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) alliance government in Karnataka.

Speaking to the media, Speaker Ramesh Kumar said that his office is open to any member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) who would like to submit their resignation. However, he also said that he will not be able to accept the resignations soon, as he has to read the rule book carefully, understand the rules, and only then take any decision.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Kumar said, “Anybody can come and resign; they are free to do so. I will be in my office till evening. But I cannot accept immediately as I would need to verify them. I need to go through the rule book, understand it and then come to a conclusion. All members are elected individually. I don’t want to commit a mistake; the future should not consider me as an accused.”

The Speaker also said that the BJP criticised him for being too partisan. “I cannot answer to their allegations,” he added.

According to a private TV channel, the Assembly Secretary, MK Vishalakshi, has brought the resignation letters of the MLAs to the Speaker’s office.

On Saturday, when 13 MLAs of the JD(S)-Congress coalition government reached the Speaker’s office to submit their resignations, the Karnataka Assembly Speaker made a quick disappearing act. The Speaker is the only person who can accept resignations of elected legislators in the state. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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