JDS rebel MLA resigns from Karnataka Assembly
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