Key Karnataka leaders – from both BJP and Congress – CM BS Yediyurappa and former CM Siddaramaiah have welcomed the top court’s verdict on disqualification.
Bengaluru: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa has welcomed the top court’s verdict on the case related to the Karnataka MLAs being disqualified.
He said, “I welcome the verdict. The whole nation had been waiting for it. The Speaker had set a ploy. But the SC has answered it specifically, saying he doesn’t have the right to set a term. This means there should be no impediment for the MLAs to contest. We will prepare well for by by-polls.”
On the other hand, former CM Siddaramaiah too welcomed the verdict.
He said, “There are two parts of the judgement. One relates too disqualification because they have defected. The second one relates to the Speaker’s decision of setting a term. The top court has allowed them to contest in the by-polls. I welcome the whole verdict, even if that means the top court has allowed them to contest.”
The leader also added a word of caution to those MLAs who wished to defected.
He said, “It is a lesson to MLAs who wanted to join any other political party as their whims and fancies ore coercion by other parties.”
Earlier today, the SC held that the disqualified MLAs should have approached the Karnataka high court first before knocking on its doors. The court also stressed on the aspect of morality in politics, saying it should apply both to the ruling and the opposition parties.
After the initial hearing, the SC felt that it needed more time to hear the matter in detail.
After deliberating on it, the top court feels that the Speaker has gone beyond his jurisdiction in setting a term.
The verdict, a balanced one, stresses on how the political class resorts to its own whims and fancies by jumping ship and the Speaker, probably, in a hurry to please his party, takes decision which are beyond his scope.
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