Ramesh Kumar exits House with a plea for electoral reforms
By the BJP’s no-confidence against the Speaker, after the passing the Appropriation Bill, Mr. Ramesh Kumar has tendered his resignation, after making a plea for electoral reforms. He handed over the responsibilities to the Deputy Speaker J.K. Krishna Reddy.
Ramesh Kumar said, “If we speak of rooting out corruption without electoral reforms, it will only be hypocrisy. I request the House to discuss the issue of electoral reforms and send a resolution to Parliament.” He also said “The Tenth schedule needs a total re-examination. The law is not equipped with sufficient provisions to prevent defections. This House can ask Parliament to take a relook at it. If we do it, we will be putting moral pressure for an amendment.”
He said we must re-examine the Representation of the People Act. Why keep such a law? Moreover, the Election Commission is silent on the declaration of assets by the candidate that runs into hundreds of crores of rupees.”
CLP leader Siddaramaiah said BJP used “unconstitutional and unethical” politics. Due to that BSY has become the CM. He also said “We desire that your government completes rest of the term. But there is no guarantee. You have to depend on dissidents.”