Defectors should be debarred from contesting for 6 yrs: BJP

Smarting under the recent rebellion that threatened the survival of its government, ruling BJP in Karnataka today pitched for barring "defectors" from contesting elections for six years.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 21:39 PM IST

Mysore: Smarting under the recent rebellion
that threatened the survival of its government, ruling BJP in
Karnataka today pitched for barring "defectors" from
contesting elections for six years.

The meeting of the executive of the state party unit here
called for suitable amendments to the anti-defection law in
this regard, party spokesman C T Ravi told reporters.

The meeting said the Karnataka High Court verdict
upholding Speaker K G Bopaiah`s disqualification of 11 BJP
rebel MLAs would be a deterrent to party hoppers.

The meeting condemned JD(S) and Congress for their alleged
"one point agenda of destabilising and dethroning" the duly-
elected BJP Government.

Inaugurating the meeting, state unit President K S
Eswarappa said the party would not compromise with those
indulging in anti-party activities.

Referring to "open lobbying and pressure" by some party
MLAs for cabinet berths, he said all MLAs cannot be made
ministers. "Those who are threatening to leave the party on
this score can do so".

He appealed to party MLAs not be self-centred and have
the best interest of the people at heart.

The B S Yeddyurappa Ministry, the first BJP government in
the South, had faced two floor tests in the Assembly last
month after 16 MLAs, including five independents, withdrew
their support to it. They were later disqualified as MLAs by
the Speaker.

-PTI

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