K’taka council bypoll: BJP MLAs locked in a resort

The ruling BJP Wednesday ferried its legislators to a private resort on the city outskirts fearing poaching from opposition parties during tomorrow`s bypoll to the lone legislative council seat.

Bangalore: The ruling BJP Wednesday ferried its legislators to a private resort on the city outskirts fearing poaching from opposition parties during tomorrow`s bypoll to
the lone legislative council seat which Karnataka Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has to win to continue in the
post.

BJP sources said all the MLAs will return to the city
tomorrow and head towards Vidhana Soudha, the state
secretariat for voting, which is done through secret ballot.

In the run up to the bye-election, Gowda had declared that he would not resort to "resort politics".
Gowda is facing a straight contest from Congress nominee
Anand Gaddadevaramut, who hails from the Lingayat community.
JDS, the third largest legislature group, has stayed away from
the contest.

BJP has the support of 121 MLAs including Speaker K G
Bopaiah and an independent Varthur Prakash, who has already
been rewarded with a ministerial berth for supporting the
government.

In the 225-member Assembly, which includes a nominated
member, Congress has 71, JDS 26 and Independents seven.
In the numbers game, the ruling BJP is well placed and set
to win the seat, caused by the resignation of N Shankarappa,
whom the party asked to vacate to facilitate Gowda, who is not
a member of either House, to get elected to the state
legislature.

Gowda, the Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituency MP,
assumed the office of the Chief Minister on August four after
BJP asked B S Yeddyurappa to step down in the wake of his
indictment by the Lokayukta report on illegal mining.

He has to get elected from either House of the legislature
within six months of swearing-in to continue in his posts as
per constitutional norms.

PTI

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