Anti-defection law needs reframing: Karnataka speaker

Bengaluru: “My whole effort is to make the lawmakers realise the ambiguity in the 10th schedule, imperfectness in the 10th schedule, infirmity in the 10th Schedule, absolute need for reframing the 10th schedule,” said Karnataka assembly speaker K R Ramesh Kumar yesterday.

He made the statement while hearing Karnataka Pradesh Congress’ plea for disqualifying Umesh Jadhav one of the four rebel MLAs. The four rebel MLAs areChincholi MLA Dr Umesh Jadhav, Ramesh Jarkiholi of Gokak constituency, Mahesh Kumathalli of Athani and B Nagendra of Ballari rural. Their disqualification was sought for skipping the assembly session and legislature party meetings and for violating whips.

Jadhav quit Congress and joined BJP recently to contest from Gulbarga Lok Sabha seat against Congress heavyweight Mallikarjun Kharge. Hearing Jadhav’s case in an open hall, Ramesh Kumar

The speaker hearing the plea invited voters from Chincholi to give their viewpoints on initiating the anti-defection law that can bar Jadhav from contesting election for six years. One voter asked what was the voters’ fault that compelled Jadhav to ditch them and compared the MLA’s shifting loyalty with a husband who quits his first wife to marry again.

Listening the voter’s question, the speaker pointed out that there was a need to reframe the tenth schedule of the Constitution as it did not address her point of view.

NT Bureau