Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar resigns, says Coming to power using dubious means is bad for the Constitution

Bengaluru, July 29 : Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar on Monday announced his decision to step down moments after Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa won the trust vote by a voice vote.

Ramesh Kumar spoke about the role of money power in politics, corruption and took a dig at the Yediyurappa who had just won the floor test with 105 legislators.

“Coming to power using dubious means is not good for the Constitution,” he said, an oblique reference to the defection of 17 lawmakers from the Congress-JDS team that lost power recently. Their exit had reduced the Kumaraswamy to a minority in the assembly.

““If there were any mistakes from my side please forgive me. I think this is the biggest achievement in my life. With this I tender my resignation to this post,” the Speaker told the assembly as he handed over his resignation letter to the Deputy Speaker Krishna Reddy.

Kumar, who was frequently attacked by the BJP which alleged he was siding with the ruling coalition government, said he had worked according to his “conscience” and in accordance with the Constitution.

“I have upheld the dignity of office to the best of my ability,” he added.

Kumar’s announcement comes a day after he disqualified 14 lawmakers from the assembly on petitions filed by the Congress and the Janata Dal Secular.

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