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Karnataka speaker disqualifies 14 more rebels; will approach SC, say MLAs

Speaking to a local news channel, another disqualified MLA Munirathana said the legislators were aware that they will be disqualified as Congress leaders had threatened them about it. He rejected the resignations tendered by the MLAs and went on to disqualify them, allowing petitions by the two parties. The speaker said he took action based on the petitions moved by the Congress and JD(S) to disqualify the rebel MLAs, who had also submitted resignations as assembly members and were absent during the trust vote sought by Kumaraswamy. Kumar said he had rejected the request by the rebel MLAs to give him four weeks more to appear before him on the issues of their resignations and disqualification plea against them. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in its order had given the assembly speaker the freedom to decide on the resignation of the 15 MLAs within such time-frame as considered appropriate by him after they approached the court.

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