Karnataka Crisis: HC Differs on Disqualification of Rebel MLAs

Rebel MLAs

New Delhi: In the petition filed by five Independent MLAs against their disqualification by the assembly speaker, K G Bopaiah, the Katrnataka High Court on Monday differed on the disqualification and now the issue will be present before another bench. The fate of 11 BJP rebel MLAs in Karnataka will now be decided by a third judge on October 20.

On the disqualification of BJP MLAs by Speaker K G Bopaiah, the two-judge bench agreed that it should be heard by “some other bench”. Chief Justice Khehar Singh upheld the Speaker’s order but Justice N Kumar rejected it.

Earlier, before the first trust vote on October 11, eleven rebel MLAs of the BJP and five Independents had been disqualified by Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.G. Bopaiah. The disqualified MLAs had challenged the Speaker’s action in court. They were disqualified under the provision of the anti defection law on October 10.

The disqualification reduced the effective strength of the assembly from 224 to 208 and allowed Yeddyurappa to scrape through the first floor test on October 11 as well as the second one on October 14.

Thereafter on October 14, Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa expectedly won the second vote of confidence, a victory which will depend on the High Court’s decision on the disqualification of 16 MLAs. During the second trust vote, Yeddyurappa got 106 votes in his favour and 100 against.

Those BJP MLAs, who were disqualified are: Balachandra Jarkiholi, Belur Gopala Krishna, Anand Asnotikar, Dr Sarvabowma Bagali, V Nagaraju, Raje Kage, Y Sampangi, Nanjundaswamy, S K Bellubbi, H S Shankara Lingegowda and Shivanagouda Naik.

Former Ministers Venkataramanappa, Shivaraj Tangadagi, Goolihatti Sekhar and M P Narendraswamy and independent MLAs were also disqualified.

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