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No-confidence motion against Karnataka Speaker

Bangalore: Opposition Congress and JD-S on Thursday gave a notice seeking to move a no-confidence motion against Karnataka Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah accusing him of not performing his duties as per Constitutional norms.

In the notice, the parties stated that the Speaker did not perform his duties impartially while conducting proceedings in the House.

They said the Speaker was acting as per his wish in including and removing members of House committees.

"There is a conspiracy to dismiss opposition legislators to keep the Government in majority," they said.

The parties also charged Bopaiah with violating Constitution and not following rules and noted that a complaint against him was also pending with anti-corruption watchdog Lokayukta.

During the recent political crisis, the Speaker had disqualified 11 BJP rebel MLAs and five independents after they submitted a letter to the Governor withdrawing support to the Yeddyurappa Government.

The Karnataka High Court had upheld the Speaker`s order disqualifying 11 rebel MLAs while petitions challenging the action against the independent MLAs are pending before the court.

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