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HC reserves order on BJP rebels’ plea
BANGALORE, OCT 21 (PTI/AGENCIES):
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Published on 22 Oct. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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Karnataka High Court Thursday reserved its orders on petitions filed by 11 rebel BJP MLAs challenging their disqualification, prolonging the suspense in the legal battle with a bearing on the B.S. Yeddyurappa government. Judge V.G. Sabhahit heard the arguments from the counsels of the petitioners and chief minister Yeddyurappa during the two-day hearing which concluded on Thursday.
2nd Cong MLA resigns
The Opposition Congress suffered another setback on Thursday when one of its legislators resigned from his Karnataka Assembly membership, making him the second from the party to do so in two days. The Karnataka Congress expelled two rebel MLAs, SV Ramachandra and Narayanaswamy. Narayanaswamy, who represented Bangarpet in Kolar district, yesterday submitted his resignation which was accepted Thursday by the assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah, secretariat sources said.
Last evening, apprehending desertion of some of their legislators to the BJP, Congress leaders and MLAs laid siege to chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s residence and asked the ruling party not to indulge in “Operation Lotus” which it alleged was directed at poaching opposition MLAs to remain in power. The Congress strength has now come down to 71 from 73 and that of the JD (S) to 27 from 28 in the 224-member assembly with the BJP having 106 members including the Speaker.
Congress for PR
An apparent bruised Congress on Thursday asked the Centre to impose President’s rule in Karnataka after two of its MLAs resigned from the assembly, a step which, the party alleged, was due to the ruling BJP luring them.
The B S Yeddyurappa-led BJP government should be dismissed for indulging in “horse trading”, Congress leader in the assembly Siddaramaiah told reporters here. “The acts of the Yeddyurappa government are illegal and unconstitutional,” Siddaramaiah said.
BJP’s renewed “operation lotus” (to lure MLAs from other parties) has led to M C Ashwath of JDS, S V Ramachandra and M Narayanaswamy (both Congress) resigning in the past few days.
“Speaker K G Bopaiah has not been verifying whether the MLAs were resigning on their own volition or under pressure while accepting their resignation letters,” he said. About 40 MLAs had been approached by the BJP, he claimed.

 
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