Karnataka Speaker says he would go by rules

Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar today said that he would go by the rules while taking a call on the resignation of MLAs.

“I have certain rules. I will go by that. Then the decision will be taken. I have to be responsible. Certain things in law are implied. Office of the Speaker should behave responsibly. No time frame is mentioned there,” he said when reporters asked him if the resignation of MLAs has been accepted.

Meanwhile, 14 MLAs of Karnataka’s ruling coalition are in a place about 90 km from Pune and will wait for the Speaker’s decision on their resignations before taking a call on proceeding to Goa or returning to Bengaluru.

The 14 MLAs, at the centre of the crisis in the JD(S)-Congress government, had been staying in a luxury hotel in Mumbai and left on Monday evening for Goa.

But they are presently stationed at a location 90 km from Pune, towards Satara, in Maharashtra, the sources said. If their resignations are accepted, they may even go back to Bengaluru, they added.

Seven more MLAs of the ruling combine from Karnataka are likely to join the 14 legislators later in the day, the source said.

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