Nobody demanded division of votes, says Karnataka Speaker

Nobody demanded division of votes, says Karnataka Speaker

Bangalore: Karnataka Assembly Speaker KG Bopaiah on Tuesday justified passing of confidence motion by voice vote, saying there was no demand seeking division of votes.

Bopaiah told reporters that when the motion was put up for voice vote, no member sought division of votes.

“Nobody demanded (division of votes). So where is the question of division of votes", he asked. “The motion was passed by voice-vote as per rules".

He said there was “time limitation" as this motion was the only subject, which had to be completed today itself.

Bopaiah also appeared to justify the entry of police personnel into the Assembly.

“When the situation is out of control, in order to bring order, that (bringing police into the House) can be done".

Asked how he can disqualify five independents (who have thrown in their lot with the opposition), Bopaiah said independents joining any other political party were liable to be disqualified.

“Independents should remain as independents till his term is over", he said, adding, according to the documents provided by the independents, they have joined a particular political party.

Meanwhile the 16 MLAs, who were disqualified from their Assembly membership, moved the Karnataka High Court today, challenging their disqualification and seeking stay of the Speaker’s order.

The petition is expected to come up for hearing before a division bench headed by chief justice JS Khehar later in the day. Assembly Speaker KG Bopaiah has disqualified 11 BJP and five independent MLAs on a complaint filed by chief minister BS Yeddyurappa alleging that they have attracted provisions under the anti-defection law by withdrawing support to his government.