Karnataka Speaker acted as agent of BJP: CPI

"It is unfortunate that the Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly has devalued the high office of the Speaker who should have acted as a custodian but acted as an agent of the ruling party, the BJP," CPI Deputy General Secretary S Sudhakar Reddy said in a statement here.

"A confidence motion cannot be put to voice vote and declare that the State Government has majority. It is unfortunate the Karnataka Speaker has done this. It is also a fact that the independent member cannot be punished in the anti-Defection Act and cannot be disqualified. In his over- enthusiasm, the Karnataka Speaker has committed all mistakes."

Observing that Karnataka political situation has become "murkier" during the last one year with "revolts, threats of defections, distribution of cabinet berths and horse-trading", Reddy alleged the bankruptcy of BJP has been exposed.

"The only remedy to save the situation is to dissolve the Assembly and call for fresh elections," he said. Karnataka today appeared headed for President's rule after Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa won a controversial confidence vote following disqualification of 16 MLAs and the Governor recommending Central rule.

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