Karnataka HC reserves order on rebel BJP MLAs

Last Updated: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 22:48

Bangalore: Prolonging the suspense, the
Karnataka High Court today reserved its orders on petitions
filed by 11 rebel BJP MLAs challenging their disqualification
by Speaker K G Bopaiah after they withdrew support to the B S
Yeddyurappa government.

After a two-day hearing, judge V G Sabhahit reserved
orders in the case which was referred to him after a split
verdict by a Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice J S
Khehar and Justice N Kumar, on Monday.

Khehar had upheld Bopaiah`s order disqualifying the 11
BJP rebels but Kumar had set it aside.

As the legal battle continued, Congress, which has
launched an all-out offensive with JDS against the first BJP
government in the south, lost another MLA as Narayanaswamy
resigned his Assembly membership, making him the second
legislator after S V Ramachandra to desert the party in two
days.

Narayanaswamy, representing Bangarpet in Kolar
district, yesterday submitted his resignation, which was
accepted today by the Speaker, Secretariat sources said.

He is the third from the opposition to resign from the
assembly in a week. On Friday, JDS MLA from Chennapatna M C
Ashwath resigned.

The Congress strength has now come down to 71 from 73
and that of the JDS to 27 from 28 in the 224-member assembly
with the BJP having 106 members including the Speaker.

In the High Court today, former Attorney General Soli
Sorabjee and Satyapal Jain, counsels for Yeddyurappa, argued
that the Speaker not only relied on October six letter of the
11 MLAs withdrawing support to the government but also on
their conduct. Bopaiah`s October 10 disqualification order was
"not perverse at all".

The 11 legislators have not denied Bopaiah`s
statements with regard to their entering into negotiations
with other political parties, Sorabjee contended. "None of the
(Speaker`s) statements have been assailed or contested".

He sought to reject the argument of the 11 MLAs that
they only wanted the Yeddyurappa`s removal and that they are
ready to support BJP government headed by anybody other
than Yeddyurappa.

On the MLAs` letter withdrawing support to the
Government led by Yeddyurappa, Sorabjee argued it was enough
to mention only the government, "there is no need to mention
that it`s headed by so and so, which is only descriptive".

-PTI



First Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 22:48

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