BJP seeks disqualification of MLAs for 'anti-political' activities
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday submitted a petition to assembly speaker KG Bopahiah seeking the disqualification of 13 MLAs on the charge of participation in 'anti-political' activities.
"These MLAs, they voluntarily resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party. Their conduct, their behaviour, the way they have been bearing in the public clearly shows they have voluntarily resigned from the BJP. Any person who resigns voluntarily from the party has to be disqualified, stands for the rules of disqualification," said BJP MLA Sarvabhouma Bagli.
"On this ground, we have already filed a petition before the honourable Speaker and we have not actually handed over the copies to the Speaker; the petitions have been given to the Secretary, he is the authority to receive our petitions. Our request is we have filed first a petition, it is the duty and obligation of the honourable Speaker to first make an order on or present and then look into the resignations," he added.
Bagli further said that the claims made by the MLAs that they are going to give resignations is totally false and a drama.
"Therefore, today whatever they are claiming that we are going to give resignations is totally false, it is only a drama. They are making an issue out of it. They have not yet resigned. The resignation copies have not yet reached the Speaker. Therefore, I would again stress that the honourable Speaker is under obligation to see our petitions, make an order and then think of the resignations," he added.
This move of the BJP comes after the 13 MLAs, who are loyal to Karnataka Janata Party chief and former BJP strongman B.S. Yeddyurappa, announced their decision to quit their assembly membership.
Meanwhile, former Karnataka Public Works Minister CM Udasi, who is a Yeddyurappa loyalist, said all the 13 MLAs would tender their resignations tomorrow.
"All the 13 members, we had been to the office of the Speaker. The Speaker was not available on the 23rd. We have decided to resign tomorrow," he said.
Yeddyurappa had met the Governor last week and apprised him of the resignation of 13 MLAs from the BJP. He is also trying to rope in seven more MLAs from the BJP to resign from the Assembly along with the 13 MLAs who are waiting for the arrival of the Speaker to put in their papers.
Speaker K.G. Bopaiah is expected to return to Bangalore on Monday and Yeddyurappa wants that 20 MLAs should resign from their Assembly seats on that day to bring the Shettar government in minority.
If more than 15 BJP MLAs resign or give him a letter expressing no-confidence in Chief Minister Jagdish Shettar, it will prompt the governor to ask Shettar to seek a trust vote on the floor of the House.
The BJP Government in Karnataka has plunged into crisis ahead of the Budget session, as two ministers C M Udasi and Shobha Karandlaje had resigned to join Yeddyurappa.
The BJP's strength in the assembly is 120, including the Speaker, an Independent and a nominated member.
The Karnataka BJP is confident that resignation by 10 rebel MLAs will not affect the government, and is hoping that its strength doesn't slip below 106. The Congress has 71 MLAs and the JD(S) has 26 MLAs in the Assembly.