Bangalore: Rebel JDS legislator M C Ashwath
today resigned as a member of the Karnataka assembly apparently to avoid action by his party for defying its whip during yesterday`s trust vote, which was won by the ruling BJP
Ashwath, an MLA from Chennapatna constituency, submitted
his resignation earlier in the day which was accepted by
Speaker K G Bopaiah, Assembly Secretariat sources said here.
Ashwath, believed to have been poached by the ruling BJP,
stayed away from the assembly proceedings yesterday during
which Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa won the motion of
confidence for the second time in a gap of four days.
Following Ashwath`s resignation, the JDS strength in the
224-member house has come down to 27.
Ashwath remained untraced for the past few days and JDS
yesterday complained to Governor H R Bhardwaj that its party
legislator had been kept in an undisclosed location by BJP.
Sources in BJP indicated that Ashwath might join the
JDS had announced it would seek Ashwath`s