Karnataka: BJP discusses ways to counter rebellion

The fissure-ridden ruling BJP in Karnataka on Friday decided to devise ways to guard itself from another rebellion after the Karnataka HC judgement upholding disqualification of 11 of its dissident MLAs gave a relief to the party.

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2010, 23:55 PM IST

Bangalore: The fissure-ridden ruling BJP in
Karnataka on Friday decided to devise ways to guard itself from
another rebellion after the Karnataka High Court judgement
upholding disqualification of 11 of its dissident MLAs gave a
relief to the party.

The BJP legislature party meeting held hours after the
court pronounced its ruling on the petitions filed by rebel
legislators challenging their disqualification, decided to
interact with party leaders to redress grievances if any and
to ensure that it faced no revolt in the future.
The meeting, which debated on the relief given by the
court, hit out at at opposition Congress and JDS for their
acts of "destabilising" the elected government and attempts to
return to power by "manipulative" politics, former state BJP
president and Chikmagalur MP D V Sadananda Gowda told
reporters.

The deliberations, attended by Chief Minister B S
Yeddyurappa, state unit President K S Eshwarappa and National
General Secretary H N Anantkumar, urged partymen to gear up
for the zilla and taluk panchayat elections and help the party
continue its winning streak.

Gowda said Yeddyurappa thanked the advocates who argued
for the government and the party before the High Court.
Against the backdrop of the court order, there should be
no hurdle for Yeddyurappa to expand his ministry, he said, but
hastened to add that "it is the prerogative of the Chief
Minister to decide on the matter".

The meeting opined that the judgement was a "slap on the
face of JDS and those who tried to instigate BJP MLAs to
topple its government," he said.

Gowda, in another significant statement, said BJP would
not shut its doors to leaders of other political outfits,
including from opposition, if they resign their assembly
membership and join BJP, accepting its ideologies, an apparent
indication that it would continue to lure MLAs.

State unit spokesman C T Ravi said the state-level
executive meet of BJP would be held in Mysore on November 3.

PTI