Two MLCs of JDS resign
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 22:57
  
Bangalore: In a jolt to JDS, two of its MLCs today resigned their Council membership, dashing its hopes of bagging the post of Opposition leader in the House.

B Gurudev and N Thippanna submitted their resignation letters to Legislative Council Chairman Veeranna Mathikatti and they have been accepted, official sources said here.

The sudden development is being viewed as an attempt by the ruling BJP to renew its "Operation Lotus", a campaign of striking at opposition parties and luring their legislators.

The resignations are being seen as BJP's move to deprive JDS the post of opposition leader in the 75-member House.

Following retirement of three nominated members yesterday, the strength of Congress came down to 16 from 19, which had posed a threat to that party's Motamma, now occupying the opposition leader's post.

With its strength dwindling, the Congress was set to lose the post to JDS, which had 17 members. But with today's resignations, the JDS strength has come down to 15.

Speaking to reporters, Thippanna said the "ill-treatment" meted out to him in JDS forced him to quit.

The BJP has 33 members in the House.

-PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 22:57


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