Karnataka: Pratap Chandra Shetty resigns as legislative council chief | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Senior Congress MLC Pratap Chandra Shetty on Thursday resigned as legislative council chairman to pre-empt the combined bid by BJP and JD(S) to vote him out through a no-confidence motion in the ongoing session.
With this, the no-confidence motion moved against him by the BJP is invalid. Senior-most MLC and JD(S) member Basavaraj Horatti is expected to replace Shetty. As per the pact, JD(S) will get the chairman’s post and the BJP the deputy chairman’s post.
‘Equations between parties have changed’
Shetty handed in his resignation to his newly elected deputy, KM Pranesh, in the evening. “I’ve realised that equations between the parties have changed. Technically, I have time till the next session to prove my majority. I will not do so. Moral values have always been my priority,” Shetty said.
The BJP is the largest party in the council, but the combined opposition of Congress and JD(S) had the numerical advantage. But the opposition unity ruptured after JD(S) backed BJP’s call to vote out Shetty as the council chair. JD(S) submitted an official letter, stating it had no confidence in the chairman. The letter is believed to have prompted Shetty to quit.
The BJP made its first bid to bring the no-confidence motion in the winter session of the legislature, but Shetty rejected the notice on technical grounds and adjourned the house indefinitely on December 10.

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