The Janata Dal (Secular) has submitted applications to the office of the Speaker of the Assembly under Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking details of the resignations submitted by the Opposition MLAs in the ensuing round of political crisis in the State.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, party spokesman Y.S.V. Datta said the party had sought details relating to the resignations submitted by JD (S) MLA M.C. Ashwath of Channapatna and Congress MLAs S.V. Ramachandra of Jagalur and M. Narayanaswamy of Bangarpet.
“There are certain rules governing submission of resignation letters by MLAs. The brief letter should be handwritten,” he said, before adding that the party was seeking the details in view of the “secrecy” shrouding the circumstances under which the resignations were submitted.
Unfortunately, the office of the Speaker is reluctant to part with the details even though the requests have been made under RTI Act, Mr. Datta said.
“A few days ago when we enquired with the office of the Speaker about the resignation of a Congress MLA, we were told by the secretary that no such resignation was received. But, the next day a communiqué was issued by the Speaker's office stating that the resignation was accepted from the previous day,” Mr. Datta said.
Meanwhile, the JD (S) has urged Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to expand the scope of judicial probe to include the “withdrawal of policy decisions” in the wake of the rebellion by Tourism Minister G. Janardhan Reddy during September 2009.
Several administrative and policy decisions taken before Mr. Reddy revolted against the leadership of Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa were reversed following a rapprochement between the warring groups of the party in New Delhi. “The net impact of the withdrawal of the policy decisions on the State exchequer should be revealed to the public”, he said.