Dissident MLAs in Karnataka may be served notice: BJP

BJP on Thursday said its dissident MLAs in Karnataka, who had raised a banner of revolt against Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, may be served a notice under anti-defection law if they did not fall in line.

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2010, 22:18 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Thursday said its dissident MLAs
in Karnataka, who had raised a banner of revolt against Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa, may be served a notice under
anti-defection law if they did not fall in line.

"We are confident that the crisis in Karnataka will be
resolved soon. We would like to warn those MLAs who have given
the letter to the Governor (for withdrawal of support) that
they had won elections on BJP symbol and can lose their
membership of the assembly (under anti-defection law)," BJP
spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
Asked if rumours about some BJP leaders being involved
in causing this crisis were true, Hussain said the blame lay
with JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy and Congress.

"This was expected from Kumaraswamy and Congress. They
are desperate as they have been out of power in the state and
are trying to foment trouble.... This is the first BJP
government in the South and so they are desperate. But we will
manage to put a stop to this," Hussain said.

Asked if BJP was contemplating action against the rebel
MLAs and would serve them notices, Hussain said the party will
take all "appropriate and possible action".
Meanwhile, the crisis in Karnataka continued today even
as the central leadership of BJP rushed senior party leader M
Venkaiah Naidu to Bangalore to help defuse the crisis in the
party-led government there. Part President Nitin Gadkari is
said to be keeping a close eye on the developments in the
state.

Senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar, who is in-charge of party
affairs in Karnataka, is also involved in convincing the MLAs
to give up their demand for leadership change.

PTI